Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland

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About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland

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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31 Reviews for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland

Recommended by 84% of couples


4.2 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.1
  • Professionalism 4.3
  • Flexibility 4.1
  • Value 4.1
  • Average response time 4.3

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    Laurie E. · Married on 10/10/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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 remember

    Sent on 10/26/2020
  • Katy

    Katy R. · Married on 05/11/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Five stars!

    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
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    Serena · Married on 06/02/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    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

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland 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?
    $ 7000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 7000
  • 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?
    $ 2000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 2000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Event Planning
    Set Up
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    11
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Historic Building
    Mansion
    Museum
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    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
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December

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Team of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland

Nicole Straub

Nicole Straub

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."

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Barbie  Gazdik

Barbie Gazdik

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."

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Dallas Trescher

Dallas Trescher

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."

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Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • Lokmer Photography Inc. Wedding Photographers

    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.

  • Blooms Florist Wedding Florists

    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.

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • Event Planning
  • Set Up

At Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

What are the most important characteristics of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland for wedding events is known for:

  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland for wedding events?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland offer?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland offer for wedding events?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland offers the following services for wedding events:

  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland have available for wedding events?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland is recommended by 81% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.2 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.3 in average response time, 4.3 in professionalism, 4.1 in quality of service, 4.1 in flexibility and 4.1 in value.