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The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is the largest tribally-owned museum in the world. Designed by Polshek and Partners of New York, the award-winning 308,000 square-foot facility features multiple spaces for wedding receptions, conferences, award ceremonies, and dinner parties. Nestled in the privacy of an ancient cedar forest, guests can enjoy cocktail receptions on our beautifully manicured terrace and dance under the stars in our glass-encased ballroom. Packages are also available for groups that wish to have private guided tours in our amazing exhibits that highlight the epic history of the Pequot people.

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Reviews of Mashantucket Pequot Museum

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
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98% recommend it
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4.7/5 261 reviews
Kelly Sent on 11/20/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Pequot Museum Wedding

This was the first and only CT venue we looked at. As a CT native, I was initially looked out of state as CT venues were not my aesthetics. If you want something unique, go for the MPM. It is so versatile, there are many different landscapes for photo ops and backdrops for various events. I had my ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at all different spots. There's an option for outdoor/indoor events, in case it rains, like it did on our wedding day. There's just so much space. It's so beautiful in the fall. And they only hold one wedding there a day! So the focus will be on your event.

Shantal who is the venue coordinator will push the limits to accommodate your every request. She always found a way to say yes to my asks, within reason. Her calming presence contrasted my type A+ intense personality, it was a great fit. She and Phil, the "IT guru", seem so genuine, like they truly care about making your day exactly the way you want it. They don't seem jaded/fake nice, despite being in this business for many years. They know what they're doing.

The up-lighting options and lighting effects available to dress up the glass dome were beautiful, there are so many options to choose from. Phil is the man.

Obviously there are many aspects of a wedding, but when asked what my number one priority was, it was the food. It was the only way we knew how to show gratitude to our guests for coming. We went with the "higher tier" caterer, out of the two options offered to us. We paid extra for premium choices and extra food. To say the LEAST, they did NOT deliver. But maybe this is a moot point because I was told MPM will no longer have outside caterer starting 2024, so this will no longer be an issue for future events. Just be careful who you're venue does business with. Please refer to my very thorough review for the caterer separately.
Becca B. Sent on 10/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Stop looking, you found the best venue

I just got married here 10 days ago and I cannot possibly say enough fantastic things about this place and the people there. I am a very type-A, over planner, very anxious, very particular person and I was venue hunting for an insanely long time. Finding this place was like hitting the jackpot. Shantal is second to none and made sure she had an answer to every question I had (which I had a ton), reassured me when she could see me freaking out, was always available and is the only person I've ever met who is this passionate about steaming table cloths. That was exactly what I wanted, someone who cared about my wedding as much as I did and made me feel like I was the only bride they were working with. Phil was also next-level incredible. Phil handles all the facilities, logistics, and lighting of the venue and has been there for SOOOO many years and it SHOWS. He is very passionate about his work and is a master at it. I showed him a picture of the lighting I liked on Pinterest and he immediately said "no problem. Blues and purples with amber highlights got it". He knows that venue like his own home and went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly. The entire team was flexible, funny, kind, and knew. their. stuff.

Aside from being an exquisite native American museum, the architecture of the building itself is literally jaw-dropping. The Gathering Space (big glass room) is one of the most incredible reception spaces I've ever been in. It's the perfect mix of industrial, modern, and giant greenhouse but with A/C like it truly combined everything we loved.
We wanted our ceremony to be outside but also wanted to plan for inclement weather. Most venues have a very mediocre plan B to an outdoor ceremony (like an ugly second room or a weird plastic tent) but not this one!! There is an upper balcony of the reception room where the ceremony can take place if it rains and it's pretty much as beautiful as outside. I would not have felt like I was sacrificing my vision if it rained.

Pro tip! This venue is on tribal land, meaning that you need to get your marriage license from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Clerk, not the Ledyard, CT Town Clerk.

I highly highly highly recommend getting married here. It's the best planning decision we made. Thank you Mashantucket Pequot Museum for an unforgettable, easy, amazing experience. We are so grateful.
Abeera Z. Sent on 07/15/2019
5 out of 5 rating

July 6, 2019 Wedding Reception Review

To anyone considering Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center,

On July 6, 2019 we hosted my brother’s wedding reception at this exquisite and one of a kind venue! My mother and I are the wedding industry ourselves and being wedding decorators, we have had years of connections with multiple venues in the tristate area, however, I can confidently & genuinely say that there is no other venue in the tristate area that compares to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (MPMRC).
I am writing this review not only because Shantal Lapid & Phil Lavallee deserve the utmost recognition for being the masterminds behind this venue, but also because, although my mother and I are in the wedding business, it is a complete game changer when you have a wedding for someone in your own family and you are now the client yourself. I want to be able to provide others with the clear and concise wedding go-to advice that I feel like will make this process less stressful and more enjoyable.
Here are some of the most important things we learned during this process:

1. Do your research and find a venue that is known to be accommodating:
a. In our culture, we have nearly 3 events for a wedding celebration (because dealing with the stress of one event is never enough for us haha). The reception was at MPMRC, however the first two events were in New Jersey. The difference between the venue in NJ versus MPMRC was like comparing oranges to apples. We had the most stressful and difficult time dealing with the venue in New Jersey because they were never willing to accommodate to our needs. Everything was always an additional charge somehow to the point that they even had my sister in law resign a new contract with new policies that were never discussed initially. Nothing was provided to us with the room as we were expecting. It was an additional charge for projectors (and if we brought our own projectors, there would be a convenience fee due to the hotel), if we chose to change the table/chair layout than originally agreed upon, there would be a charge, and to even get the banquet room just an hour before the event (since my mom was decorating, and being the mother of the groom, she also wanted to get ready for the events properly, so she kindly requested to get the banquet room as earliest as possible, however even though the room was not occupied, the hotel management wanted to charge us $1,000 for early access to the room.) I am sharing this information, because I want you all to understand the difference between dealing with a venue that is not accommodating to a venue that is accommodating.
b. When we first got to know Phil and Shantal of MPMRC for the reception, they were so interested and shocked that the family of the groom would also be the decorators of the event. They were more concerned for us than we were for ourselves and made it a point to accentuate the fact that we also need to enjoy this event. Without us even asking, they provided the venue for us a day earlier to get all the decoration done AND even allowed us to pick up all the decoration items the day after the event. I mean, never in our years of being in this industry ourselves, have we EVER found any management this understanding, accommodating, and giving. Since the projectors were not provided to us at the venue in New Jersey, I requested Phil and Shantal a couple of days before our event for the possibility of projectors, and they responded right away with an absolute yes. They even requested for me to send them what we were going to play on the projectors beforehand so they could ensure that the presentation happens perfectly.
c. My sister in law was adamant about wanting sparklers and fog for the events in New Jersey, so we had spoken to the DJ about it. We made the final payment for the sparklers and fog, however a couple of days before the events in New Jersey, the venue decided to change their policy on sparklers and fog and no longer allowed us to use them. The DJ spoke to them multiple times and showed his proof of insurance, however they refused. We immediately got worried because we had already made the payment for the sparklers and fog to the DJ, so I immediately texted Shantal and Phil of MPMRC asking if we could use the sparklers and fog at the reception so our money wouldn’t go to waste. Although, MPMRC previously never had any clients that used sparklers and fog, within a day, Shantal went out of her way to request permission from the local fire marshal and requested the use of sparklers and fog on our behalf and we got the approval (with the necessary requirements needed)! The fog during the couple’s first dance had all the guest blown away!
d. We had originally planned to have the appetizers during the reception to be on the outside garden terrace. We were so excited to have everyone enjoy the garden terrace and enjoy the outdoors, however Shantal and Phil were on the lookout for the forecast the entire week. Unfortunately, the day of our event, we were expecting a thunderstorm. We were immediately worried because of how much we were looking forward to having the appetizers on the garden terrace, but Shantal and Phil both reassured us that no matter what, our cocktail hour would be perfect. They both shifted everything that was supposed to be upstairs in the garden to the downstairs gallery, and looking back at it now, cocktail hour couldn’t have been nicer. The chic and sophisticated look of the gallery had cocktail hour glistening and everyone enjoyed being able to be in that part of the museum.
e. Shantal and Phil also went of their way to dedicate the auditorium right next to the gallery as the prayer room for our guest. Amongst the chaos of everything, my mother and I almost forgot that we even had a room dedicated to prayer, but Shantal was the one to remind us right before our event got started. She immediately got a hold of me before the start of the event and reminded me that we had brought white sheets for prayer and they needed to be set. This meant so much to us because it technically wasn’t their responsibility to remind us, but once again, I don’t have the words that will justice to truly explain how much Shantal and Phil went of their way.

2. Professionalism of venue:
a. People will come to your event and they might forget many things, but they will never forget the food you have. One of our caterers was running late, and although it was not Shantal’s responsibility, she was ON IT. She gave me a call to let me know when that the caterers had not arrived when they were supposed to and that is not the venues responsibility to take care of. Shantal was worried for us, keeping track of the things we should have been keeping track of ourselves, and picking up the slack of others. When the caterer did arrive, she was in constant contact with the caterer and staff to ensure that everything was happening on time and exactly how we wanted it to be. For the most part, we trusted Phil and Shantal with how they suggested the dinner setup to be and I couldn’t have been happier. They knew exactly where our bars should have been set up to allow for spacious access, where our lamb stations would look the classiest (and even provided our caterer with a heat lamp for the lamb), and how the dinner buffet set up could effortlessly accommodate to our 500+ guest.
b. I cannot write a review for this venue without mentioning the security. The security at this venue is just amazing. We had hired wedding coordinators to make sure that the main room was not being accessed by guest during cocktail hour, however they got caught up in other things. When the security saw that guest were attempting to go into the main room before we wanted them to, they themselves guarded the entrance and did not allow anyone in until we gave them the go.
3. Beauty of the venue:
a. When we first started hunting for venues in Connecticut, we were already hit with a hurdle, given that we had 500+ guest. When we made an appointment to come see MPMRC, we were just blown away. You walk in and immediately you are greeted with high glass ceilings, a view of the beautiful garden and luscious greenery through the glass, and intensely eye opening spacious area. We have been receiving nonstop compliments from our guests talking about how gorgeous the main room is.
b. Downstairs are the galleries and auditorium which can be used to your liking (we used them as cocktail hour and prayer room). This area is connected to the exhibition offered by the museum and our guest LOVED it and didn’t want to stop exploring.
c. Shantal and Phil go out of their way to treat your event like it’s one of their own, literally. Amongst many of his responsibilities, Phil was on site during the event and made sure that the audio and visual lights were looking their best. During the cousins dance performance, entrance of the bride and groom, presentation, and open dance floor, Phil made sure that the lighting was appropriate for the setting. There were monograms that Phil had chosen that were lit up on the high ceilings/walls of the room and they were just gorgeous. The way that Phil chose each and every specific light monogram made the room look like a fairy tale.
d. Many of our guests came from out of state. We wanted to give Connecticut a good look and I can confidently say our guest left impressed as ever. This venue is the most ideal location of Connecticut. There is so much to not only inside of the museum, but given that it is located right near Foxwoods Casino Resort and Mystic, our guest made the most of their trip down here. Choosing this venue is the way to go, not only will you be guaranteed to be happy, but your guest will have the time of their life!
For anyone considering this event who would like to have more information about my experience, please do not hesitate in reaching out to me, I will be more than happy to provide you with my honest opinion (
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Mashantucket Pequot Museum frequently asked questions

Mashantucket Pequot Museum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The space offered by Mashantucket Pequot Museum for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
  • Restaurant
Mashantucket Pequot Museum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Mashantucket Pequot Museum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Reception
Mashantucket Pequot Museum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Planner
Mashantucket Pequot Museum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tables
Mashantucket Pequot Museum is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in value.

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