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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Raleigh, NC View map
4.9 out of 5 rating
20 reviews
$2k - $3k For 100 Guests
Up to 2,000 guests

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$2k - $3k For 100 Guests
Up to 2,000 guests

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. North Carolina 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 offer 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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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?

$1,198

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

$1,198

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

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

$1,198

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Parking
Tables

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

Cake Cutting

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

2000

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

10

Describe your venue:

Government Building
Historic Building
Museum
Rooftop

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

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?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
July
August
September
November
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    This was a great place for a wedding reception. We chose the 3rd floor of the NEC. Beautiful spot with the treetops, waterfall and under the stars in the Acro dome. Food was great and servers were professional and attentive. Highly recommend.
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    Carol B. Married on 08/06/2021
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    Rehearsal Dinner at NCMNS

    One of the easiest parts of this wedding was deciding to have the rehearsal dinner at NCMNS. Robert was great when we were booking and Jeff was the caterer from Rocky Top (Planet Cafe'). The food and the venue was the easiest part of the whole wedding experience. No question was too simple or silly and I asked many! :) Would choose NCMNS and Rock Top over and over again. Outstanding!!!
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    Kaitlin M. Married on 10/31/2020
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    Hallowedding Success!

    The event coordinators were amazing to work with here! They were very helpful and stayed in contact with us through out this whole pandemic. We had to move our wedding twice because of the pandemic and the museum did their best to help us keep it together!
    I could not have asked for a better location for my Halloween wedding, the atmosphere was perfect for our costume wedding.
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Deals

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If you found us on WeddingWire we will give you a 10% discount on our services. Remember to show us your voucher when you come see us.
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Elope Today with the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Let US help YOU Getaway. We invite you and up to 10 guests, to a VIP Wedding celebration.

What You’ll Get:

  • A safe, intimate wedding ceremony and reception venue for two hours*
  • Private admission to one floor of the Museum’s world-class permanent exhibits*
  • Custom, chef-prepared dining options from award-winning Rocky Top Catering featuring fresh, sustainable, local cuisine, includes your choice of
    • Three (3) hors d’oeuvres and One (1) grazing station
    • Petite desserts
    • Wine and beer selections*
  • A one-year Museum membership for you and your future spouse
  • Tables, linens, chairs and disposable ware are included in rental fee

Cost - $1,650

*Additional fees for featured add-ons

    • Champagne toast - $30
    • Floral arrangements - $50
    • Science programming – prices vary
    • Additional Museum floors - $150 per floor
    • Extended hour - $100
    • Audiovisual for music and microphones - $50

Let’s run away together in 2021! Get married today, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences…

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11 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC, 27601
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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Tables

At North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting

What are the most important characteristics of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for wedding events is known for:
  • Government Building
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
  • Rooftop

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for wedding events?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offer?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offer for wedding events?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have available for wedding events?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in value, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in professionalism.

What kind of wedding service promotions does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offer?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion and 1 offer promotion for wedding services.

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