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Harvard Art Museums

Cambridge, MA View map
Rating 5.0 out of 5
7 reviews
Up to 150 guests

About

Up to 150 guests

Please note, due to the ongoing pandemic the museum will reopen for events in 2022.

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Art Museums is a sophisticated wedding venue. This award-winning setting contains one of the largest art collections in the country. You and your guests can be enchanted by the beauty of the architecture and art while you celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime day. The space is flooded with natural light, enhancing the splendor of the place even further.

Facilities and Capacity

Harvard Art Museums has various event spaces in which you can hold your ceremony, reception, and various pre-wedding gatherings. The museum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, including a breathtaking glass roof. Each indoor space, the Calderwood Courtyard, the Adolphus Busch Hall, and the Naumburg Room, offers an unforgettably elegant space for your wedding day festivities. The courtyard features travertine columns and grand arches for a luxurious, classic feel. It was designed with an Italian piazza in mind and can hold cocktail-style receptions of up to 300 guests. For seated meals, its capacity is 250. The Adolphus Busch Hall, meanwhile, was modeled off a traditional Medieval gathering space and features artwork from that period. A more intimate setting, it also features an open terrace and walled garden. The museum team suggests a total of 60 guests for weddings held in this setting. Naumburg Hall is a two-story Jacobean-style space that welcomes smaller receptions with up to 50 guests. It features dark wood paneling on the walls and high-ceilings for a sense of grandeur.

Services Offered

Harvard Art Museums offers a convenient catering service through its onsite service, The Catered Affair. This premium culinary company offers a touch of sophistication to receptions. Since 1979, they have endeavored to provide mouthwatering food and unparalleled service for a wedding reception you will remember forever. This business is also happy to provide beverages. For any other companies you may need the assistance of, the museum has a list of vendors they can recommend. There is plenty of nearby street parking for your guests’ convenience.

Location

Directly outside the museum, you will find the wide-open spaces of Harvard Yard. Here, you can pose for unforgettable wedding photos set against the classic beauty of the iconic campus. For guests from out of town, there are plenty of hotels within walking distance of the museum. Boston Logan International Airport is just a short drive away, for those flying in to be with you for your special day.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$9,886

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$9,837

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
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
Outside Vendors
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 food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access
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    Birgit Married on 05/05/2018
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    Wonderful experience in an unmatched venue!

    We had an absolutely tremendous wedding experience at the Harvard Art Museum!! This was in no small part due to our wonderful interactions with Neil Nolan from The Catered Affair. Quite frankly, Neil is the man! He is calm, amazingly understanding, attentive, kind and super resourceful! He was extremely patient in showing us the venues (Busch Hall and the Museum) multiple times and applied just the right amount of pressure to make sure that we got things done on time! Most importantly, he truly listened to our ideas and offered us both a seasoned eye and excellent advice in throughout every aspect of the wedding. Ultimately, we ended up deciding to have the ceremony outdoors at Busch Hall before moving the remainder of the festivities to the museum. Both venues were absolutely gorgeous, from the picturesque ivy on the walls of Busch Hall to the wonderfully airy feel of the Calderwood courtyard at the museum. Our guests enjoyed the chance to walk around the galleries and the overall service from the entire staff was exemplary! We also had multiple comments on how unique and delicious the food was! To summarize, we had the perfect experience from start to finish working with Neil, Geri (Harvard Art Museum) and everyone on the staff!
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    Anne Married on 01/13/2018
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    We can't say enough good things about the Harvard Art Museum. Neil Nolan at The Catered Affair and Geri Calvert at the Harvard Art Museum were a pleasure to work with and helped make our wedding both beautiful and fun. There are two things to think about when choosing a venue for your wedding - The planning process and the day itself. The Harvard Art Museum and the Catered Affair excelled at both. They are total pros and made planning our wedding easy and stress-free. They offered us good guidance, but were also receptive to our ideas. In short, they cared about making our wedding nice. The museum is also an absolutely gorgeous setting. The architecture plus the open galleries during cocktail hour really made for a unique wedding. The food is excellent and everyone on the staff worked to make the evening memorable for us and our guests.
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    Iris Married on 12/02/2017
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    Our wedding experience with The Catered Affair at the Harvard Art Museums, from start to finish, was absolutely perfect! Bryanne and Dakota made an amazing team, and made sure every single question we had was addressed. We always felt like TCA was ready and willing to make our dream wedding a reality. Geri and the entire staff at the Harvard Art Museums also helped make the experience extra special, and helped coordinate a flawless evening at this stunning venue. Their expertise and experience with weddings made them incredibly easy to work with, and from our first meeting, we knew we were in good hands. The team was also able to recommend many amazing vendors that we absolutely loved. On the day of the wedding itself, Bryanne and Dakota made sure that the entire event was executed seamlessly. It was a stress-free, magical day, and the TCA/Harvard Art Museums team really made it possible. The team remembered everything, even the tiniest details we had mentioned during our planning sessions. And they made sure we got to taste plenty of the delicious hor d'oeuvres, entrees and cake! We cannot recommend them enough!

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32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138
7817631333
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Harvard Art Museums frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Harvard Art Museums?

Harvard Art Museums includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Clean Up

At Harvard Art Museums, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Harvard Art Museums includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Harvard Art Museums, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Harvard Art Museums includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer

What are the most important characteristics of Harvard Art Museums in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Harvard Art Museums for wedding events is known for:
  • Art Gallery
  • Historic Building
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Harvard Art Museums for wedding events?

Harvard Art Museums offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does Harvard Art Museums offer?

Harvard Art Museums offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Harvard Art Museums offer for wedding events?

Harvard Art Museums 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
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What percentage of users recommend Harvard Art Museums and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Harvard Art Museums is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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