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 Durham has green marble and silver leaf ceilings that have been preserved by the design team, who were also able to maintain the terrazzo floors throughout the facility. The Main Gallery can seat up to 180 guests and can host a standing reception for 200 people, while the art galleries on the second floor can host the same 180 for a conversation-starting cocktail hour. There are also several private galleries that are wonderful options for more intimate weddings, including the underground bank vault built as part of the original 1930s building.
The on-site restaurant, Counting House, has a private dining room that can accommodate up to 32 guests. For additional convenience, valet services and wheelchair accessibility are all available at the 21c Museum Hotel. .
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 & clean-up services, tables, chairs, linens, napkins, china, glassware and flatware. Getting-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.
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 cuisine. As a 21c bride and groom, you will receive a complimentary tasting so you can select the perfect food for your wedding. Your choices of meal styles include a buffet, stations, or plated entrees, with optional desserts. The catering team can also accommodate a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres. Bartenders at 21c Durham 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
The 125 guest rooms feature high ceilings, large windows, and customized furniture. The rooms have free WiFi, HD televisions, and coffee machines. 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:
- 24-hour fitness center
- Laundry service
- Pet-friendly rooms
- In-room dining
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My name is Josh Kauffman and I am the Food & Beverage Director of 21c Durham. Over the years I have sharpened my hospitality in a variety of settings: boutique hotels, chef-inspired restaurants and historic wedding venues. A few things have always remained constant: my dedication to detail and love of planning events of all sizes. 21c has given me the opportunity to combine all my experiences and offer you the perfect setting for your special day!
Hello! Thank you for considering 21c Durham for your special wedding celebration!
I would be happy to chat with you regarding our wedding packages, beautiful spaces and delicous catering options! Please let me know if you and your partner would like to schedule a visit...I would love to show you the gorgeous gallery spaces!
Thanks again and Congratulations on your engagement!
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Hiya! My name is Jon and I’m your guy for all things setup, catering, A/V, valet, and any other special requests you might have. Together we will plan your dream wedding here at the historic Hill Building.
For the last 10 years I’ve worked in New York City with dozens of private chefs, catering companies, and global brands to execute anything from large scale events to private luxury dinners. I am thrilled to start a new journey in the Triangle and here at the fabulous 21c Museum Hotel. Come join us!
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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!
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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21c Museum Hotel frequently asked questions
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- Clean Up
- Set Up
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At 21c Museum Hotel, what does the bar service starting price include?
- Champagne Toast
- House Beer
- House Liquor
- House Wine
What are the most important characteristics of 21c Museum Hotel in terms of venue type, style and location?
- Art Gallery
- Banquet Hall
- Historic Building
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- Scenic Views
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- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
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- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Liability Insurance
- Lighting / Sound
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
- Set Up
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- Audio Equipment
- Dance Floor
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