21c Museum Hotel

111 North Corcoran Street, Durham, NC 27701 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About 21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel is a full-service hotel wedding venue in Durham, North Carolina. The property has many different spaces across its 10,500 square feet and features a luxury hotel as well as a contemporary art museum full of exhibits and event spaces. Recently, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a convenient location in Durham, you and your guests won’t have to go far to find plenty of local activities and dining options.

Facilities and Capacity
The foyer of the 21c Museum Hotel has green marble and silver leaf ceilings that have been preserved by the design team. They also were able to maintain the terrazzo floors throughout the facility. The main gallery can seat up to 170 guests and can host a standing reception for 250 people. There are also several private galleries that are wonderful options for more intimate weddings of up to 100. The on-site restaurant, Counting House, also has a private dining room and a one-of-a-kind underground vault that can be used. For additional convenience, shuttle and valet services as well as wheelchair accessibility are all available at the 21c Museum Hotel. The hotel has a complimentary Mercedes-Benz sprinter van service that is free within a five-mile radius.

Services Offered
Couples who book their wedding at 21c will be encouraged to think green while planning their wedding with the event planner. They’ll also gain access to set up and clean up services, tables, and chairs. Get-ready rooms are available for both sides of the wedding party to use before the big day. If you want to have all of your wedding events in one place, you can host your engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner at 21c Museum Hotel in addition to your ceremony and reception. The museum shop is able to arrange welcome gifts for your guests and wedding party if desired.

Cuisine
The Counting House provides catering for events at the hotel. Menus are created by the executive chef and celebrate the rich heritage of North Carolina’s fresh seafood. You can have a tasting prior to officially choosing your wedding foods. Your choices of meal styles include a buffet, family-style meals, stations, or plated entrees, with optional desserts. The catering team can also accommodate a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres. Barware, china, flatware, glassware, and linens will also be provided on your big day. Bartenders at 21c Museum Hotel can serve the following beverages at an open or cash bar:

  • Champagne toast
  • House beer, wine, and liquor
  • Premium liquor
  • Signature drinks
  • Specialty beer and wine


Accommodations
The 125 guest rooms feature high ceilings, large windows, and customized furniture. The rooms have free WiFi, HD televisions, coffee machines, and fully stocked mini bars. You and your guests will feel completely refreshed after using the Malin + Goetz bath amenities and luxury bedding. 21c Museum Hotel also offers several other amenities, including:

  • Spa
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Laundry service
  • Pet-friendly rooms
  • In-room dining
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14 Reviews for 21c Museum Hotel

Recommended by 81% of couples


4.1 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.2
  • Professionalism 4.1
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.1
  • Average response time 3.4

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    Jessica · Married on 12/30/2017

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    Our wedding at the 21C Durham was beyond everything we had hoped and planned for! The staff was professional, accommodating, and helpful at every turn. There were so many venues in the area with hidden costs and piles of rentals necessary and we were blown away by the straight forward and easy process with the 21C. Many of our guests were out of town and the ease of the venue was perfect - guest room block was managed incredibly, ceremony in the main gallery, cocktail hour in the curated museum, and back to the main gallery for dinner and dancing. They managed a bridal breakfast, special touches for my husband and I throughout the day, and courteous and professional staff at every corner of our event! Not the mention the incredible food from The Counting House. My husband and I visited in the summer for a birthday dinner where they recognized us as booking an event, we spoke to the chef, and he remembered not only meeting us when our tasting time came - but he recalled my food allergies as well. Top notch service! Thank you to the 21C for making our wedding so memorable!

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    Claire · Married on 10/28/2017

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    This venue is EVERYTHING! I held my wedding there and I got so many compliments on it. The reception hall was breath taking and required very little decorating. The art gallery where we held cocktail hour was held made it easy for guests to mingle and talk about the art. Everyone thought the bathrooms were a hoot. My pictures are going to forever reflect our relations unique style because our backdrop of the venue was amazing. The food was unreal good and we got the cheapest buffet option available. They even made up a special dish just for the wedding. We rented the penthouse suite as the bridal suite and it was perfectly sized to get 9 bridesmaids and me in makeup and hair done. I really can’t enough about how much we enjoyed our wedding here!!

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    21c Museum Hotel's reply:

    Claire,

    Your wedding was EVERYTHING! Thanks so much for the awesome review. It was such a pleasure hosting your celebration and we're still swooning over the photos.

    Cheers!
    21c Durham

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21c Museum Hotel FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 2,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 1,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 1,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 15.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine
  • Describe your venue: Hotel, Museum, Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Accommodations, Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Get Ready Rooms, Set Up
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

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3 Endorsements

  • Knots 'N Such
    Knots 'N Such Wedding Florists

    21C is the perfect venue for the alternative bride! I love this place so much. It inspires such unique designs, my heart skips beats! And the staff is wonderful to work with. Your wedding is only as good as your vendors, so choose this venue team for the best wedding possible!

  • Knots 'N Such
    Knots 'N Such Wedding Florists

    21C is the perfect venue for the alternative bride! I love this place so much. It inspires such unique designs, my heart skips beats! And the staff is wonderful to work with. Your wedding is only as good as your vendors, so choose this venue team for the best wedding possible!

  • All Around Raleigh DJ Company
    All Around Raleigh DJ Company Wedding DJs

    21c is a phenomenal wedding venue! We have DJ'ed there many times and it absolutely beautiful and eclectic in all the right ways! The service is amazing in every way. We highly recommend!

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  • 111 North Corcoran Street Durham, NC, 27701 See on map
    919-823-7820 (Phone number)

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