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The Western Reserve Historical Society hosts wedding celebrations and is the oldest cultural institution based in Cleveland, Ohio. The original structure dates back to 1867, with numerous historical buildings dotted around a picturesque green. Here, amidst beautiful mid-nineteenth-century architecture, museum galleries, scenic grounds, and woodlands, you can celebrate your own historical milestone.

Facilities and Capacity

There are numerous event spaces at The Western Reserve Historical Society, with indoor and outdoor options available. From pre-wedding parties to mini ceremonies and grand receptions, there is something to suit every couple's vision. The Hay McKinney Garden and Reception Hall is ideal for both small and large gatherings. The mansion house provides the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities with its ornate aesthetic and Gilded Age elegance. Inside, you can host a drinks reception for 50 guests or a micro wedding for 10 loved ones. The garden is suitable for larger gatherings of up to 200 people, where you can celebrate the day immersed in architectural splendor. For more intimate affairs, the Hanna Courtyard is a fairy tale setting for outdoor nuptials, complete with a pond, greenery, and tall trees. Afterward, guests can make their way to the Crawford Rotunda, a unique room filled with antique motorcycles and vintage cars. This space has high ceilings that allow natural light to pour in. There is space for live entertainment in this circular gallery.

Services Offered

The event team at The Western Reserve Historical Society looks forward to bringing your vision to life. They can advise you on which is the best space to hire to reflect your wedding vision. They are happy to recommend their preferred vendors for all your catering, floral, entertainment, and photography needs. They also offer guidance on local accommodation, parking management companies, and local event planning services.

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What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What catering services do you offer?

Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Specialty Wine

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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Reviews of Cleveland History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society

4.7 out of 5 rating
4.7 out of 5 rating
14 Reviews
94% recommend it
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    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
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4.4/5 65 reviews
Emily Sent on 11/16/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Venue was the star of the wedding

I cannot say enough about the WRHS -- we had an amazing wedding in the rotunda space. The carousel was the biggest hit, and it was so fun seeing pictures of all our guests on it. We also had access to the Crawford Auto Museum for the cocktail hour, and the guests loved looking at the old cars.
There was some confusion prior to the wedding (the venue went through 3 sales coordinators in a few months), but I thought they did a good job of passing the baton and communicating with me beforehand. There was a lot more staff from the museum on hand at the wedding than I was expecting, and they were all very nice and helpful to me and the guests. WRHS is a unique venue, and the staff there do a lot to help make the day special.
Andrea Sent on 07/18/2018
5 out of 5 rating
My daughter's wedding here exceeded our expectations. Our out of town guests were blown away by this venue. If you want to be married in a beautiful garden, have cocktails while admiring antique cars, have plenty of room for dinner and dancing, and then just to make it really over the top, add a carousel for guests to enjoy - this is your location! The staff was awesome and so helpful and it was so unique and unforgettable.
Laurel Sent on 08/17/2016
5 out of 5 rating
We held our daughter's wedding in the Hanna Garden and her reception in the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum which are both housed in the Cleveland History Center which is located at this address. (They have recently changed the name of the venue). The garden was absolutely perfect for the ceremony - it needed no extra decoration at all! It was also great to go inside for the cocktail hour and reception. Our guests loved the setting and seeing all the cars and planes which are on display!
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Cleveland History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society frequently asked questions

The space offered by Cleveland History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society for wedding events is known for:
  • Museum
Cleveland History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Cleveland History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
Cleveland History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.6 in average response time and 4.5 in value.

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