Host a wedding event like no other at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, located in Los Angeles, California. With two distinct museum venues to choose from (Natural History Museum in Expo Park or Museum at La Brea Tar Pits on Miracle Mile), these venues offer themed exhibition spaces that provide unique settings for your special celebration. Explore prehistoric installations, edible gardens, and stunning architecture within these cultural landmarks, which are sure to facilitate an unforgettable experience.
Facilities and Capacity
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers a vast array of one-of-a-kind event spaces perfect for a variety of wedding occasions. Whether you are looking for the perfect backdrop for your engagement photos or hosting an intimate engagement party or a lavish wedding affair, this majestic venue provides a unique space to accommodate your needs in comfort and style. The Haaga Family Rotunda is a breathtaking space featuring an awe-inspiring stained-glass domed ceiling, Corinthian pillars, and ornate accents. At the center of the room stands the famous Beaux-Arts statue, Three Muses, which provides a grandiose focal point for an elegant wedding ceremony for up to 150 guests. For a stunning outdoor ceremony, couples can exchange their vows against the backdrop of the beautiful pond situated in the Pond and Pollinator Garden. This space features vegetation which attracts an array of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, offering a tranquil and natural setting for your special ceremony.
Inside the museum, couples will delight in the variety of installation and exhibition spaces available to host larger ceremonies and receptions. The Grand Foyer, which is home to the iconic Dueling Dinosaurs, offers space for up to 200 guests for a ceremony or 160 guests seated at round tables. This exhibition depicts the complete skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops poised in battle. Surrounding the historic centerpiece; marble columns, ornate chandeliers, and travertine floors create an ambiance of opulence for your celebration. The North American Mammal Hall and the African Mammal Hall feature spectacular dioramas and provide unique ceremony and reception settings for up to 250 guests. For an outdoor evening celebration, your guests can enjoy the Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden which offers a changing landscape of fruit, vegetables, and herbs that blossom with the seasons or the north Nature Gardens and lower Otis Booth Pavilion where your guests can dine at a long farm-style table and dance under a 63-foot long fin whale specimen.
Alternatively, at the Museum at La Brea Tar Pits, couples and their guests enjoy exclusive access to the entire museum interior. With views of Miracle Mile and the museum's own atrium garden, the rooftop terrace offers a stunning location for a ceremony before moving inside for dinner and dancing amongst the dire wolves, mammoths, and mastodons on display.
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are happy to welcome outside vendors to serve your special day. Tables and chairs are provided by the venue to accommodate up to 200 to 250 guests for your event (Natural History Museum location only). Professional event staff are on-hand to provide setup and cleanup of your occasion and to assist in facilitating a flawless experience. Complimentary parking is provided for you and your guests for the duration of your event.
9 Reviews for Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Recommended by 98% of couples
8 User photos
Pat Frey · Getting married on 07/06/2022
A Truly Epic Venue
I planned and designed a wedding for a client at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles in November 2019. From my first interaction with the sales department of the museum, they were friendly, comprehensive and thorough in their communications. I felt like I had true partners in their event team and it made my job that much easier and absolutely pleasurable. ( I would work with Alyssa any time.) The final product of our design in their venue was truly epic and Pat Frey Designs would gladly create another event or wedding there! It is truly a dream venue with iconic visuals and a great team to help you create a stunning event. My team and I would highly recommend them!Sent on 01/29/2020
Catherine Thomas · Getting married on 02/10/2021
Absolutely unforgettable experience for all!
Getting married at the Natural History Museum was such a memorable experience. The ceremony was in the African Mammal Hall. With the right lighting and minimal floral arrangements, it looked absolutely incredible. It felt so warm and intimate. Our guests were equally enthused--pretty much everyone we talked to said it was the best wedding they have ever been to. So much of that was about the uniqueness of the venue. The dino puppet was SO great--it was playful with the younger people and very gentle with the elders. My favorite moment was when the dino laid its head on my husband's great-aunt's lap while she pet him/her. It was such a tender moment. The staff at NHM was super professional and pleasant to work with. Trust their list of preferred vendors--they've got it on lock. We were able to take pre-ceremony pictures in different parts of the museum (like the Rotunda), which will make for some very dynamic photos. It is pricey, and it will take some creative logistics (building out the kitchen on the back steps, lighting, sound, etc...) but IT'S WORTH IT!!!!Sent on 10/29/2019
Viridiana · Married on 02/04/2019
Elopement was perfect
Thank you so much to the wonderful people from the museum. We were able to book this museum for our elopement to be held an hour before their opening hour to help us ensure we could get married on the date we wanted. We got married on our 10th yr dating anniversary. My now husband had proposed on our 9th yr anniversary right after we visited this museum and so it was a very special place for us which is why we wanted to get married there. We weren’t having a big wedding nor party nor booking a whole floor and yet the staff always made us feel like this was as special event to them as it was to us. After our elopement we changed clothing and many staff members working congratulated us as we spent the day at the museum because they saw our elopement as they were arriving for their shifts. It was amazing and I highly recommend this beautiful place with beautiful grounds and amazing staff. Thank you!!
Officiant: Mobile Reverend A Mauricio Lubong
Photographer: Carrie Rogers based in Los AngelesSent on 12/06/2019