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Memorial Hall c. 1876

$19k - $24k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests
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Reception
$6,500 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar
$16.95 starting price
Reception
$2,500 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar
$16.95 starting price

About

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Situated within Fairmount Park, Memorial Hall c. 1876 is a museum wedding venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This historic property dates back to America鈥檚 1876 Centennial Exhibition, when it was constructed as an art gallery. Today, it is one of the flagship venues of Br没l茅e Catering and the home of the Please Touch Museum. The building is just 21 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport, making it conveniently accessible to locals and out-of-town guests alike. A National Historic Landmark, this sweeping architectural masterpiece makes for a dramatic backdrop to create timeless memories.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples looking to tie the knot at Memorial Hall c. 1876 can rent the entire museum or single event spaces within it. The whole building can accommodate up to 3,000 people for truly spectacular events, while individual rooms suit weddings of different styles and sizes. Hamilton Hall, which can hold up to 650 guests, features glamorous Arts Beaux architecture and 60-feet ceilings that culminate in an impressive dome. This room also hosts a towering replica of the Statue of Liberty, made from toys by renowned artist Leo Sewell. Boasting similarly resplendent architectural flourishes, the South Foyer accommodates 450 guests. Parties of 200 can gather in the Carousel House, a unique space with elegant furniture and a fully restored and operating hand-crafted 1908 Dentzel Carousel. The East Gallery is a two-floor, 1,000-person capacity hall with whimsical attractions including a rainforest atmosphere and Alice in Wonderland-inspired decor. The West Gallery also holds 1,000 people and offers interactive exhibits such as a SEPTA bus and a replica of an urban environment. Visitors can also peruse the Centennial Gallery, where a recreation of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition is on display.

Services Offered
As one of Br没l茅e Catering鈥檚 premier venues, Memorial Hall c. 1876 enjoys exclusive catering with this upscale restaurant. Founded by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, Br没l茅e Catering crafts globally-inspired cuisine that will dazzle newlyweds and their guests. Menus are rotated seasonally to reflect the changing ingredients, and the chefs will tailor each meal to the tastes of the clients. The museum also provides tables and chairs, glassware and dishes, tents, and help with setup and cleanup. From micro-weddings set along the vintage carousel to lavish affairs with thousands of guests, this venue is fully customizable for celebrations of all kinds.

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?

$6,500

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

$2,500

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?

$500

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$16.95

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

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Government Building
Historic Building
Museum
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
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
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
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)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
July
August
December
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    Spencer B. Married on 11/19/2022
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    The Perfect Wedding

    Our wedding on 11/19/22 was absolutely perfect. The entire process of planning was so smooth and easy, the whole team at The Please Touch Museum were beyond helpful and a delight to work with. I can not say enough wonderful things about the beautiful space, the absolutely incredible food, the flawless service and attention to detail. I am a wedding planner myself so I know first hand the amount of work that goes into weddings and Lynnelle was phenomenal. I am absolutely blown away by the entire experience. From our first meeting I knew that this was the place for us to get married. As someone in the business, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to relax at my own wedding or get out of planner mode, but having people like Lynnelle and her team (shout out to Rosie who also made sure our every need was taken care of before we even knew it) made it possible for me to fully experience being the client/guest and not spend a moment worried that some detail was going to be overlooked. The whole day felt like a dream. A perfect dream. 10 out of 10 would recommend. Stunning.
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    Caitie B. Married on 07/23/2022
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    Perfect Night

    I couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect place to get married. We got married in July, and five months later our friends are still raving about our wedding. The venue was spectacular. The carousel at the cocktail hour made for a memorable night. And the food was amazing! Everything from cocktail hour to desserts was delicious. Lynnelle was so great to work with. From the first meeting through the wedding itself, she was helpful and attentive and really brought our vision to life. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but working with Lynnelle and the team at Brulee was stress-free.
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    Jen P. Married on 04/09/2022
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    Highly recommended!

    We had our wedding this spring at the Please Touch Museum and the whole thing felt like a dream! The building is already incredible on its own - it鈥檚 unique and fun, but also very elegant and the carousel was a lovely bonus. Our guests loved the venue and the food, and the Brulee Catering team was phenomenal. Lynnelle was amazing and so much fun to work with throughout the planning process and on our wedding day. From our first meeting with her, she was super responsive, organized, and made the planning process a breeze. She guided us through everything, and we were really impressed with her attention to detail and how she seemed to have answers ready for all of our questions. On our wedding day, the catering team did a fantastic job handling everything so that we didn鈥檛 have to worry about a thing, keeping things flowing and running smoothly. Everyone was so friendly and our bridal attendant was great. We loved our wedding and can鈥檛 recommend the Please Touch Museum/Brulee Catering enough!
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4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA, 19131
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