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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
41 Reviews for Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Recommended by 93% of couples
Kaylyn · Married on 06/22/2019
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 of Natural History'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!
Nancy · Married on 05/06/2017
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
Chanell · Married on 04/30/2017
Sarah Parris is amazing! When we met her at Fernbank a year before the date we set, we knew this was the place to go. She was incredibly responsive, always friendly and calming (the weeks leading up can be crazy stressful), and ready to give tips for ceremony/reception logistics. I cannot imagine having the wedding anywhere else. From sending us layouts, telling us what decorations were approved and allowing us to do multiple walkthroughs, Sarah was on it!Sent on 05/11/2017