Looking for a wedding venue with all the wow-factor you envisioned for your special day? Home to the Please Touch Museum by day, Memorial Hall c. 1876 offers the perfect combination of majestic elegance and fun to suit any wedding of any style.
Built as the art gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exposition, Memorial Hall c. 1876’s Beaux-Arts styled architecture will leave your guests with a lasting first impression before they even walk in the door.
Event Spaces and Capacity
Memorial Hall c. 1876 has the capacity to host up to 3,000 guests reception style, and up to 1,000 guests for a sit-down dinner. (See photo gallery for event space photos).
From elaborate weddings to intimate affairs, Memorial Hall c. 1876 has a range of offerings. Services to choose from include:
Brûlée Catering, led by award-winning Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, is the exclusive caterer for Memorial Hall c. 1876. With decades of experience in the wedding industry, Brûlée Catering’s culinary team will work with you to not only create the perfect menu, but also dining experience for your special day.
Brûlée Catering can accommodate a wide range of serving styles, including buffet, family style, hors d’oeuvres, plated and stations.
Catering and bartending services also include:
Your wedding party can get ready in the on-site bridal suite. Guests may also use on-site parking, valet parking and wheelchair access.
The historic venue will gladly host your bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. They offer the following wedding-related items:
Philadelphia International Airport is just 21 minutes from the venue. It is located near Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Zoo and University of Pennsylvania.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Brittany · Married on 11/10/2018
Highly Recommend for wedding!
I'm not going to lie at the beginning of our process, communication with Brulee Catering at the Please Touch Museum had me a little worried. I often had to do follow-up e-mails due to the lack of responsiveness. I also became a little upset because we expressed interest in a particular date that was on a "soft hold" and we were never informed that the other clients backed out of their "hold", and that the date actually became available again. Nonetheless, we kept our second choice date (luckily we did because the weather was way worse for our first desired date), and we are sooo happy we decided to stay with Brulee Catering and the Please Touch Museum. Once we finalized everything, we were assigned Tiffany Johnson, and she was nothing but amazing!!Sent on 11/21/2018
Tiffany helped us whenever needed; and communication with her was a breeze. She quickly responded to all of my annoying e-mails, and did it in a very professional manner.
She was even very patient and kind when we asked about doing a Pittsburgh Cookie Table - which required a lot of extra planning on her part!! I couldn't imagine what our wedding would have been like if we didn't have Tiffany on our side!!
The Please Touch Museum provided an amazing backdrop for our wedding! Many of our guests were from out of town, and they all fell in love with fun cocktail hour with carousel rides and the amazing architecture displayed in the Hamilton Hall! The food was also amazing!! Unlike other weddings we have attended at other venues, our guests will remember the yummy food!! My husband and I often joke and wonder why other couples would want to get married anywhere else, when this amazing venue is available in Philadelphia!!
I highly recommend the Please Touch Museum and Brulee Catering for your wedding! They were a great company to work with, and helped us with all of our wants and needs!! Not to mention the a gorgeous, fun, and unique venue for a wedding!!
Rebecca · Married on 10/06/2018
Merry-go-round Cocktail Hour!
We had our cocktail hour in the Carousel House at the museum, and our reception in the main hall. Guests LOVED the carousel (it didn't matter young/old, male/female, family/friends, shy/extroverted, EVERYONE was on that thing!) and it made for great photos! The hall was perfect for our large (250 guest) wedding, and the dance floor was spacious enough for everyone to dance, and for special events like our Chinese lion dance performance. Working with Brulee Catering and the museum made all of the dining logistics very easy. Would definitely recommend!Sent on 11/14/2018
Cheryl · Married on 04/21/2018
The staff at the Please Touch Museum were professional and very proud of their venue and what they can offer. On the day of the event, the staff went above and beyond to be certain that the bride and groom (and mother of the bride!) ate! Many guests commented on how the staff executed the serving of fabulous, hot meals to each table with perfection. When employees enjoy what they are doing, the guests notice!Sent on 05/21/2018
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