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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Meeting Ideas 20 The Waterloo museum houses four galleries that are always rotating displays, including pieces from the permanent collection, which includes a large collection of Haitian art. The galleries are always open to attend- ees to explore before, during and after events. Groups can also schedule a guided tour or arrange for a hands-on art experience, such as a jew- elry-making class or a wine-and-paint session with an instructor. www.waterloocenterforthearts.org Toledo Museum of Art Toledo, Ohio For a city of fewer than 300,000 residents, Toledo, Ohio, boasts a met- ropolitan art museum that would be the envy of larger cities. The Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901 and, in the 115 years since it opened in two rented rooms, has grown to include a 36-acre campus with six buildings that house the museum's collection of more than 30,000 pieces. The main museum building has 45 galleries, 15 classroom studios and a variety of spaces that are available for meetings during public hours and for after-hours events. During the day and in the evening, groups can use the historic 1,750-seat Peristyle concert hall, where Greek columns surround the main seating area, and up to 300 recep- tion guests can mingle in the Peristyle lobby amid marble columns, Courtesy Toledo Museum of Art Groups can meet in the 1,750-seat Peristyle concert hall at the Toledo Museum of Art. cobblestone floors and painted Greek friezes. The smaller Little Theater has auditorium seat- ing for 160, the Red and Yellow meeting rooms can host events for 30 to 50 people, and the Green Room can accommodate receptions for up to 200 guests. After-hours, groups can gather in Libbey Court, an entry hall with marble floors, soaring columns and a skylight ceiling, or in the Cloister gallery, a medieval stone courtyard. The museum's major works of art surround up to 350 guests during events in the Great Gallery, and another contempo- rary art gallery can host up to 100 guests for recep- tions. Across the street is one of the museum's claims to fame: the 74,000-square-foot Glass Pavilion that opened in 2006. The postmodern building houses the museum's glass collection that features 5,000 pieces of glass art from antiquity to contem- porary times. The architects designed the building with exterior and interior walls that feature large, curving glass panels. The result is a series of see- through spaces in the nearly transparent building. The GlasSalon can seat 230 people for dinner and can be used with the adjoining Crystal Corridor, the pavilion's main passage, where reception guests can mingle beneath a Chihuly glass chan- delier. www.toledomuseum.org