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.
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.
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.
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Birgit · Married on 05/05/2018
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!Sent on 01/06/2019
Anne · Married on 01/13/2018
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.Sent on 02/17/2018
Iris · Married on 12/02/2017
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!Sent on 12/29/2017