Fernbank Museum

767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Map · Phone number
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About Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a cultural wedding venue located in Atlanta, Georgia. Couples can exchange vows right by dinosaurs and fossils for a uniquely memorable wedding ceremony. The Museum has a rich history of its own, as well as experienced staff and the ability to accommodate even huge wedding parties.

Facilities and Capacity

With a number of large event spaces, the Museum can accommodate a wide range of wedding celebrations, from intimate gatherings of loved ones to gala events of up to 2,500 guests. The Great Hall features standout lighting and a stunning glass ceiling and can host up to 350 seated guests or 500 guests in a reception. Rental of the Hall also includes a reception in the Lobby for up to 350 guests and the open-air Terrace for up to 250 guests. Both the elegant Fernback Café and the dramatically-lighted Star Gallery offer options for smaller groups to dine and dance. Either space hosts up to 100 seated guests or 125 in a reception or 200 for ceremony. Conference rooms, exhibition galleries, and the giant screen theater grant even more options for couples and their guests. Complimentary on-site parking is readily available for guests.

Services Offered

Wedding events that can be held at the Fernbank Museum include engagement parties, ceremonies, and receptions. Event space rental fees include the use of tables, chairs, and a dance floor. Couples will have access to get-ready rooms to prepare and to relax on their big day. On-site staff can advise on preferred outside vendors and take care of setup and cleanup of celebrations.

Cuisine

Museum staff can offer beverage service for wedding celebrations, with a choice of open, limited, or credit card bar offering beer and wine, and liquor. Speciality cocktails, martinis, and craft beer are also available. Catering services can be obtained through outside vendors.

Other Services

In addition to wedding events, the Museum is available to host a wide variety of events. These include birthday parties, high-school proms, and private gatherings. You can contact the venue staff directly with inquiries about any and all events.

History

In 1939, Emily Harrison and Dr. Woolford Baker led a group of conservationists to establish Fernbank as a non-profit organization to preserve 65 acres of forest. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History was opened in 1992 on the border of the original forest. The Museum has ever since inspired people to learn about the natural world and offered enjoyable and memorable experiences to visitors.

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42 Reviews for Fernbank Museum

Recommended by 93% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.5

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    Chris Jones · Married on 06/05/2020

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    Fine Art Wedding Photographer

    I've photographed a couple weddings at Fernbank and its truly one of the best venues in Atlanta. I've shot over 150 weddings across the southeast and this is one of my favorite locations. The amount of creative space both inside and outside to work with in making portraits in almost unending. Also, it's just a very classy environment. I hope to photograph another wedding here soon! - Chris Jones, Sowing Clover Photography

    Sent on 02/21/2020
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    Kaylyn · Married on 06/22/2019

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    Such a unique wedding venue!

    The Fernbank Museum is such an awesome and special wedding venue! As museum buffs and science nerds, we loved having our wedding at Fernbank, and our guests really enjoyed the unique space! Lauren was also amazing to work with and did an excellent job making sure that everything was perfect for our wedding!

    Sent on 07/09/2019

    Fernbank Museum's reply:

    Thanks Kaylyn! It was such a pleasure working with you and Daniel with your wedding and I wish the best in your marriage!
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    Nancy · Married on 05/06/2017

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    Our daughter had to get married on May 6th due to grad school schedule and who knew this was the most popular date in Atlanta to get married! We were shocked when our first venue choices were already booked 13 months out from our date. When Fernbank was available we quickly snatched it. We now realize that it should have been our first choice all along. The space they give you is amazing! Our cocktail hour was on the steps outside the museum and beautiful. The guests then went down the spiral staircase to the reception. Everyone stopped to take photos because it was stunning. We got comments like "best wedding I have ever been to," "how did you find such a cool venue?" etc. Sarah was great to work with and always smiling and ready to help us when needed. We embraced the museum and organic theme of the museum with our centerpieces, but you could also create a very formal space. It was more than we had hoped for!

    Sent on 05/14/2017

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Fernbank Museum 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?
    $ 2500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 2500
  • 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?
    $ 2500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 2500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Glassware
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 25
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Premium Liquor
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    7
  • Describe your venue:
    Museum
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • 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?
    Bar Services
    Get Ready Rooms
    Wifi
  • 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
    Dance Floor
    Drapery
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    March
    April
    May
    June
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    July
    August

Map

  • 767 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA, 30307 See on map
    4049296390 (Phone number)
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