North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a historic wedding venue located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. They pride themselves on being the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Your guests will experience a dramatic two-story waterfall, a beautiful mountain cove, live animals, whale skeletons and amazing dinosaurs at this one-of-a-kind venue. NC Museum of Natural Sciences allows you to support important exhibits, research and educational programs as you host your wedding at their unique location.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 2,250 guests at this spacious venue. They offer five floors on their Nature Exploration Center and four floors on their Nature Research Center for both intimate ceremonies and grand receptions. Their second floor Featured Exhibition Gallery in their main building is a lofty space that can accommodate up to 625 guests. Your loved ones will enjoy the Mountains to the Sea exhibit as you dance the night away. On the fourth floor of the Nature Research Center, you can rent out the spacious William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center. This expansive space is perfect for lavish affairs. It features custom-made reclaimed wood, three projectors and a catering kitchen. It can easily be divided for smaller weddings, and boasts an outdoor rooftop terrace.

Services Offered
This modern museum will assist you with setup and cleanup for your event. They offer a variety of event rentals, such as tables and chairs, to ensure your celebration is stress-free. Wireless Internet is available throughout their venue, along with plenty of complimentary parking for your friends and family. Couples can also elect to have museum educators interact with their guests and help them explore natural objects, specimens and other materials. Additional services include:

  • In-house caterer
  • Security
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Wheelchair accessible


Cuisine
NC Museum of Natural Sciences works exclusively with Rocky Top Catering to create a delicious menu for you and your guests. Their goal is for their food to reflect your tastes, themes and any cultural influences you may have. Couples can choose hors d'oeuvres, action stations, a buffet or a plated meal. They also offers scrumptious desserts, dips and displays. Sample buffet items include:

  • Mediterranean Chicken
  • Roasted Cuban Pork Loin
  • Sliced Bistro Steak
  • Shrimp and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Atlantic Salmon
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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Lydia · Married on 10/13/2018

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    Beautiful venue!

    The Museum of Natural Sciences was an amazing place to hold our wedding ceremony and reception. They were able to accommodate all of our requests and were very helpful from the initial tour all the way through the end of our reception. Communication was excellent, and the all of the staff members were courteous and professional. Highly recommend!

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    Bethany · Married on 06/09/2018

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    Wow, what an amazing venue for our daughter's wedding reception! We had planned to have the wedding near our home in Wake Forest, but when my daughter and her fiancé toured the NC Museum of Natural Sciences they were hooked. She's an archaeologist and he's a teacher, so it suited them perfectly. It was also the least expensive of all the venues we looked at. They chose to have it in the Nature Exploration Center (dino dome, not planet) which was amazing. We used The Great Raleigh Trolley to shuttle the guests from the hotel to the reception and back which I highly recommend!
    The night started with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the 2nd floor as well as all the first dances and toasts. Guests enjoyed exploring all the exhibits. Then we all went to the 3rd floor for a buffet dinner and dancing with the dinosaurs. Although I was worried about the layout, it worked out great. There's nothing like dancing with pterodactyls flying above you! We had a wide range of ages that attended, from infants to elderly. All were very happy. Because of the layout, tables could have conversations without screaming and others could be getting crazy on the dance floor. We had 145 guests and the space was perfect. Rocky Top is the sole caterer for the museum and they were fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious and service was excellent. Petal and Oak did all our centerpieces and flowers, they were outstanding! The pies came from East Durham Bakeshop and were delish!!
    In hindsight, I wish I would have hired some teenagers to chase the little ones around while they explored, just to give the parents more time to visit. Aside from that, it was fantastic and so many guests said it was the most fun they've had at a reception! Thank you Sydney Bannerman for all you did to make the evening so memorable!

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    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences's reply:

    Bethany, Thank you for the kind words regarding your experience at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for Paul and Shannon's reception! It was an absolute pleasure working with you in anticipation for Paul and Shannon's wedding and we are so glad that everyone enjoyed their time at the Museum! We wish the very best for Shannon and Paul and hope to see everyone return to the Museum in the future. Congratulations to your families and thank you again for such a lovely review!

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences FAQ

  • 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? $ 1,198.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 1,198.00
  • 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? $ 1,198.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,198.00
  • Describe your venue: Government Building, Historic Building, Museum
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Event Rentals, Set Up, Wifi
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Tables
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? March

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    919-948-3460 (Phone number)

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