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With its broad lawns and period architecture, Fullerton’s Muckenthaler Mansion is one of the most cherished and picturesque event venues in Orange County. The 1920s mansion and cultural center has broad lawns spanning over 9 acres, period architecture, Italian Renaissance-style structures, a vista of gently rolling gardens, swaying palms, and picturesque architecture overlooking a quiet, residential neighborhood.
The Muckenthaler Mansion is a historic event venue property that holds beautiful weddings, receptions, concerts, special events, and productions. A classy, historic, and unique venue, the Muckenthaler has all the ingredients of a perfect private event location. With its large space, beautiful architecture, and lush gardens, this venue is sure to impress your guests and create lasting memories.
Facilities and Capacity
There is space for up to 2,000 wedding guests at this venue. Outside, upon the venue’s nine acres, couples will find numerous options for their big day depending on the size of their guest list. The beautiful gardens make a natural setting for photos and offer a variety of areas to accommodate intimate gatherings. And if you’re looking for something unique, the venue boasts a beautifully restored estate and curated art gallery. Thus, whatever artwork is on display at the mansion and the grounds contributes a unique aesthetic to special events. The Muckenthaler has numerous enclaves for receptions of all types. Alfresco options include the Center Circle Patio with its twinkling lights and original 100+-year-old outdoor fireplace, the Adella and Northwest Lawns for larger parties, and the charming Palm Court for daytime events. Inside, the Art Gallery is an array of archways, skylights, and gallery pin spots. There is space for up to 2,000 guests at the Muckenthaler.
The Italian Garden
Perfect for a ceremony, it’s made picturesque with large palms, manicured hedges, rose gardens, and other flora leading directly to an ornate wrought iron gazebo.
Capacities: Reception/Cocktail: 150, Seated Dinner: 75, Theater: 200
The Adella Lawn
Suits larger celebrations with more guests. Surrounded by manicured hedges, gardens, and palm trees, this lawn hosts ceremonies, receptions, dinners, and special events alike. It’s the perfect location for dining under the stars and rows of bistro lights or tenting for a more intimate setting.
Capacities: Reception/Cocktail: 400, Seated Dinner: 350, Theater: 400+
The Northwest Lawn
The largest of the outdoor spaces, this sprawling lawn is home to rolling hills, huge eucalyptus trees, and the curated Sunset Garden lined with pathways of colorful, drought-resistant grass varieties.
Capacities: Seated Dinner: 400+, Theater: 400+
Center Circle Patio
A charming outdoor courtyard patio space lit by strings of twinkling bistro lights. It is ideal for cocktail hours or intimate receptions.
Capacities: Reception/Cocktail: 200, Seated Dinner: 100, Theater: 150+
Mansion & Main Art Gallery
The Muckenthaler’s entrance is grand and ideal for indoor festivities where guests enjoy mingling in the wooden-floored mansion, with its ornate tiled fireplace, and beautiful skylights. Meetings, dinners, and dancing often unfold in the main gallery, where a baby grand piano is on hand for musical entertainment. Of particular note is the octagonal solarium, warmed by light flowing in through expansive windows. In the estate’s foyer, a wrought-iron spiral staircase imported from Italy and stained glass windows make a perfect photographic centerpiece. The mansion also has two private dressing rooms featuring its own private entrance, for couples to get ready, green room lounges, or VIP areas for musical guests and filming needs.
Capacities: Reception/Cocktail: 200, Seated Dinner: 128, Theater: 200
For concerts, performances, ceremonies, and conferences, the outdoor amphitheater is an ideal location. With built-in AV, sound, and seating, guests will be delighted in the al fresco setting.
Capacities: Seating: 250
Inquiring about our venue fees, food + beverage packages, and customized needs are happily discussed with our event management team.
For most events, our venue includes: 5 hours of event time, 3 hours of set-up + 1 hour of breakdown, 1 hour of rehearsal or sound check, 2 private dressing rooms, and an easily accessible and very large parking lot
The property is also exclusively yours, with full use of the property.
The Muckenthlaer Mansion offers an array of services for your special day. Services include:
- All-inclusive packages
- Wedding Party Rooms
- Set-up and clean-up
- Event planning
- In-house bar
- In-house catering
- Lighting and sound
- Wireless Internet
- Wheelchair access
Colette’s Catering & Events is the exclusive food, beverage, and event planning company at the Ebell of Santa Ana. They are the main contact for all event needs and are present from the initial proposal process to the end of your event, and every detail in between. Colette’s Catering & Events is a full-service catering company, with experience planning intimate meals for small groups to immense large-scale events. Colette's handcrafts menus, sources locally, and customizes creative cuisines according to specific event needs, styles, and desires. The process is collaborative, as it begins with the client’s vision while adding their planning expertise, their knowledge of the latest trends in exceptional, innovative cuisine, with a true passion for food, style, entertainment, and design. Colette’s has a real love for food, people, and celebrations and takes pride in creating an amazing experience from start to finish.
Packages are built to include china, flatware, glassware, linens, and chairs. Top-shelf and House bar packages are also available. The following add-ons can include:
- Rehearsal Dinners
- Wedding Party Platters
- Specialty Cocktails
- Post Wedding Brunch
- Rental Coordination
- Day-of Coordinators
- Vendor Referrals
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The Muckenthaler Mansion is such a beautiful estate for both indoor & outdoor events. It offers wonderful Vintage Charm throughout. I have worked weddings as well as other private events at the Muck. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. I look forward to my next event at the Muck.
I absolutely loved working at the Muckenthaler Mansion. Not only is there team one of the best, but they are all polite, courteous and willing to help with whatever the occasion may be. I would recommend any of my clients to be married or hold their next event at the Muck! Duane is the best!! Prompt reply to email, takes pride in his work and is with his clients every step of the way.
Whether your event is large or small, Muckenthaler's grounds and ambience will guarantee a lovely, unique setting. Duane and Rick work hard to make sure your celebration is memorable and stress-free. The entire staff is dedicated, experienced and easy to work with.
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