CuriOdyssey is a unique event and wedding venue located in San Mateo, California. The non-profit science museum and zoo is a great place for engaged couples who are really kids at heart. Here, visitors can let loose and observe wild animals, experiment with scientific phenomena and let the natural world answer their questions. Not only will your guests be able to enjoy your ceremony, but they will also be given access to the venues beautiful gardens and fascinating interactive exhibits. The museum can also include an up close encounter with many of their animal ambassadors if prior arrangements are made.
Facilities and Capacity
The four-tiered event space is made up of more than 8,000 square feet of rich, repurposed wood. CuriOdyssey is a great space for large events but also allows a feeling of intimacy by accommodating up to 350 people. The top tier of the building is a large 2,000 square foot room that provides stunning views of the bay. This unique space offers covered and uncovered outdoor areas as well as indoor locations.
The wedding events that CuriOdyssey can house events for include all kinds of wedding related events. Event rentals are available that include chairs and tables. Parking is also provided near the event space.
CuriOdyssey has been providing visitors with science education and experiences since 1954. History of the area dates back to over 4,000 years ago where the Ohlone Indians used the then island as a fighting sight. The CuriOdyssey building that is known and loved today was built in 1981 and by 1991, the animal habitats opened, providing naturalistic habitats for native, non-releasable animals.
This venue is located just 10 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport, so it is perfect for all of your out of town guests. It addition to its convenient location near the airport, CuriOdyssey is also only a short 20 minute drive to the city of San Francisco and only 40 minutes from San Jose.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Katie · Married on 06/16/2018
I would like to thank the CuriOdssey for making the Chang/Chow wedding a huge success last weekend. Their team was extremely polite, personable and accommodating to all of our needs, including our last minute requests. As the day-of coordinator, I really appreciated their responsiveness via email ahead of time and their flexibility with our ever-changing requests.Sent on 06/24/2018
The Redwood Hall was such a cool venue space. It is extremely well maintained! We had amazing views of the bay and SF and was a perfect venue for the wedding.
Colette · Married on 07/07/2017
We began planning our reception with the event coordinators at CuriOdyssey in November 2016. We were married four days ago and are on cloud nine, we couldn't be happier with how all parts of our special day came together. We attribute a good part of our success to Janan and her team. We literally had over 5 different venue walk thru's and over two dozen email communications before all was said and done. The staff at CuriOdyssey never once delayed a response or discouraged coordination efforts. Our event turned out beautifully, ran smooth and most importantly our friends and family had an amazing time celebrating US!! This is a venue to be considered for your special day!!Sent on 07/11/2017
Lesley · Married on 04/09/2016
We held our wedding and reception at CuriOdyssey in April 2016, and the staff there made it an absolutely amazing experience.Sent on 04/19/2016
We worked primarily with Ali in the lead up the event, with Janan also working with us in the month prior. Both were very responsive, and incredibly helpful. We can't stress enough how much we loved having our wedding there, and what a great time all of our guests had.
Prior to booking our reception there, Ali answered a bunch of our questions, and had so much helpful information for us on pricing, options, and vendors. The pricing was very reasonable considering that it's the Bay Area, and while they have a list of vendors they recommend, they are fine with you bringing in others as well. We went with one of their recommended caterers, which was a great experience for us because both parties knew each other very well and did a lot of the coordinating for us.
We rented the Redwood Hall (1 level), which also included use of the Gardens (and all of the animals!) until dusk, and the use of the museum until the end of the event. We had so many compliments from our guests about how much fun they had, and how they loved seeing the animals. We also had a handful of children at the wedding, who loved the experiments and the animals. It was a fun great alternative to just dancing all evening.
One of the biggest things was in the week leading up to the wedding - we did a walk through a week ahead of time with the caterer, Janan, and Ali, and they were very organized and helpful. It was threatening to rain on the day of the wedding, and Janan allowed us to use a second level of the hall as a contingency plan (for free!) in case it did rain and we needed to have our ceremony inside (we had it at the Merchant Marine Memorial which was BEAUTIFUL). Also, we were able to drop off a bunch of items to day prior to the wedding and both Janan and Ali were very accommodating.
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We love our events at CuriOdyssey... Their Redwood Hall is stunning, and their entire team is amazing. Whether your a fan of science, wildlife, or just love great views and a beautiful venue, they have our seal of approval!