Welcome to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland, located minutes from downtown! Our historic building and regal spaces including the Music Hall Foyer, the Hall of Sculpture, the Hall of Architecture, and the Grand Staircase make us Pittsburgh’s premier wedding venue.
The Music Hall Foyer, finished in 1907, is a beautiful example of baroque architecture. It has a 60 ft ornate guilded ceiling, majestic green marble pillars and an ornate inlayed marble floor. This is our largest and most popular space. It makes a truly elegant reception space.
The Hall of Architecture, opened in 1907 was inspired by one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, The Mausoleum of Halicarnasses. It is ideal for a ceremony, dinner, cocktail party or just a s a locatiton for photographs.
The Hall of Sculpture is modeled after the inner sanctuary of the Parthenon. The floors and pillars are white marble from Greece. It is a very popular space for wedding ceremonies.
The soaring three story marble Grand Staircase is the centerpiece of the museum. Murals by artist John White Alexander cover the walls of the staircase. You can host a dramatic wedding cremony or cocktail party on this iconic regal staircase and balconies.
And won't even go into all the unique locations in the Natural History Museum where you incorporate dinosaurs in your wedding!
With so many breathtaking choices you are bound to have the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Your guests will also be dazzled by the customizable offerings of our exclusive caterer Culinaire, whose taste and presentation are second to none.
To ease your planning process, our experienced event staff is happy to recommend top-rated vendors from florists to photographers and everything in between. We also include the use of our: tables/chairs (gold chiavari chairs with an ivory cushion), floor length linens, china, flatware, glassware, and an events coordinator for your special day.
To begin planning your wedding at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland, call today.
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Laurie E. · Married on 10/10/2020
Wedding with the Dinosaurs
My daughter was married in Dinosaur hall at the Carnegie Museum. Besides being a unique venue, it was accomplished in October of 2020! We had the typical Covid restrictions but i have to say the Nicki and Dallas were a dream to work with. They were so accommodating and flexible. Definitely a wedding to rememberSent on 10/26/2020
Katy R. · Married on 05/11/2019
We had our reception in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer and the venue speaks for itself! Most of our guests were from out of town and had never been to Pittsburgh and they were blown away by how beautiful the foyer was! I planned the entire wedding myself from California, where I now live, and their staff honestly made it so easy and enjoyable to plan! I worked with Tori, Nicki, and Rion, all of whom were wonderful!! They did great job communicating as a team so that whoever I was meeting with or whoever was there the night of the wedding knew exactly what was going on. They were very responsive and professional throughout the entire process. They helped to coordinate our meetings so that we could get as much done whenever I was in Pittsburgh. Now that the wedding is over, everyone has been asking if there were any big hiccups during the day, as most weddings have, but honestly we had none!! Everything ran so smoothly and went exactly as planned! Rion was also so helpful at the end of the night with loading up our things in the car. We were so happy with everything and cannot recommend them more!Sent on 05/28/2019
Serena · Married on 06/02/2018
Our ceremony was in the Hall of Architecture and our reception was in the Music Hall Foyer. They are beautiful. Museum services are perfect. For example, one of my guests had an unexpected ankle injury and the Museum gave her a complementary wheelchair to use so she didn't have to rely on crutches. I didn't even know about this until days after. The Events Team is so helpful and open-minded to new ideas. For example, we wanted our ceremony to face a direction that the Museum typically/may not have ever done before. They made it work. You feel like you're the only event they're planning, even though they are almost always fully booked with so many different type of events. The only thing I can think of for potential improvement is that the exclusive caterer partnered with the Museum had some tiny bumps, mostly considering the (higher) prices that they charge. In retrospect, I wish I worked with the caterer a little more closely. 99% exceeded my wildest expectations and the other 1% ultimately worked out - definitely just gotta roll with the punches on your wedding day - so my only tip to future couples is to be a little prepared with the caterer (such as maybe discuss a contingency plan if anything you care about goes awry). Plus, you never know what may cause an issue - could be delayed meal, unexpected guests, seating chart issues, late vendors, etc. which are no fault of the museum. The Museum handles so many issues that you don't expect or can't plan for. It really reduces your stress. And it's phenomenal to have this historic, beautiful venue for your wedding.Sent on 06/20/2018
Team of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland
Manager of Special Events
Nicki has worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years, with the last 7+ years as part of Special Events at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland. Nicki has worked with hundreds of wedding couples and their families over the years.
"I really enjoy touring couples through our spaces. Not only do I learn a lot about you but I see the twinkle in your eyes when you fall in love with a space."
"I love the moment right before the bride/groom is sent down the aisle, the nervous excitement is palpable!"
"The flowers. They are always beautiful and teeming with creativity."
Special Events Sales Manager
Barbie has been part of Special Events at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland for 2+ years, prior to and inlcuding her time at the museums, she's had a successful career in event planning and sales.
"I love meeting my couples and hearing their stories."
"My favorite part of my job is working with the couple to find the perfect date and space for their big day."
Special Events Operations Manager
Dallas is our newest member to our Oakland team. She's been at the museum for 1+ years. However, the Carnegie Museums of PIttsburgh wasn't her first stop in the hospitality industry. Dallas has been working closely with wedding couples to make their days a dream come true for a few years.
"I love seeing the couples vision come to life after all those months of hard work. The reaction when they walk in the room is priceless."
"The teamwork to make everything come together the day of is amazing."
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh being world class in the arts and history also is a world class venue for a beautiful and opulent wedding, corporate function, parties, etc. The staircase at the museum and the hall of sculpture are truly remarkable in their beauty and lavish atmosphere. Eileen the coordinator is truly professional and courteous as one would expect from such a spectacular venue. We just photographed an event at The Carnegie Music Hall which is part of the Carnegie Museum; we noticed that everything was highly professional and suited for the guests. It truly was a wonderful day in a world class venue. -John Lokmer - Lokmer Photography Inc.
There is just not much needed to be said about the Carnegie and their staff. It's an amazing place, like no other in Pittsburgh to hold a wedding. For a vendor, they are so helpful and realize that we both are working towards the same end...creating a one of a kind evening for the married couple and guests. Believe it or not, so often venues are so hard to work with. But not Eileen and her staff.