North Carolina Museum of Art is a unique and modern wedding venue located in Raleigh, North Carolina. They pride themselves on their inventive cuisine, outdoor sculpture gardens, crisp, white galleries and attention to detail. Couples can choose from multiple indoor and outdoor sites for their rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception at this elegant venue. North Carolina Museum of Art can't wait to exceed your expectations, and bring your vision to life.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 300 guests at this contemporary museum. You'll be surrounded by amazing artwork, award-winning architecture and gorgeously manicured lawns at this one-of-a-kind venue. They offer a variety of event spaces to choose from, including:
West Building Great Hall - their premier facility, situated in the middle of the Museum’s permanent collection.
North Courtyard - features a beautiful sculpture garden with a reflection pool and towering trees.
East Building Main Hall - perfect for lavish affairs. This unique space served as the former Egyptian Gallery.
Blue Ridge Atrium with Garden Patio - this former restaurant overlooks rolling hills of the Museum Park.
This full-service venue offers logistical planning for your celebration. They've been a part of the Triangle wedding industry for over 15 years, and offer experienced support helping you book your event rentals, floral services and musicians. Tables and chairs are included with their wedding package, along with setup and cleanup. There’s plenty of complimentary parking for your guests, as well as lighting and sound equipment throughout their venues. Additional services include:
North Carolina Museum of Art offers exclusive catering from their in-house restaurant, Iris. Their special events staff and chef will work with you one-on-one to create a custom menu sure to please you and your guests. They offer custom wedding cake, full bar packages, delicious desserts and heavy hors d'oeuvres.
This modern museum is situated less than 15 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making them easily accessible for your out-of-town guests. Downtown Raleigh is less than 20 minutes away, and downtown Durham is 25 minutes away.
Recommended by 99% of couples
Mary · Married on 04/20/2013
The Museum of Art was the perfect venue for my wedding reception. What a beautiful place to dance the night away! Very little decoration is needed to make the interior of the new building beautiful. The art adds a nice accent to the evening and the white walls and floor made everything look bright and wedding-esque.Sent on 02/16/2014
The best part about the museum is that it includes the catering (through Iris) and flowers, cake, linens, etc. And it is tax free (since it is a nonprofit) so the price that you see is really what you pay. Moreover, the event planner is spectacular. He has planned a plethora of weddings and knows how to cover all the little details. I didn't get to eat much, but the the guests said the food was delicious. I wish I could go back and relive the wedding as a guest so I could enjoy the food and wine. We did use a separate vendor for our wine to save a bit of money and paid a corkage fee, but the Museum can provide wine, beer and specialty drinks if you prefer. This is a wonderful place to celebrate your wedding. I highly recommend it. (And your photos will be stunning!)
Christina · Married on 08/12/2017
I cannot say enough good things about Morgan and his team. There are certainly rules about having an event in a museum but they were on the ball and everything went off without a hitch. Everyone was so happy with the food as well. It is an amazing venue for a wedding and I'm so glad we had it there!Sent on 05/23/2018
Kristen · Married on 10/08/2016
NCMA definitely exceeded our expectations as a wedding venue. We got married on the day that Hurricane Matthew passed through Raleigh and what could have been a disastrous night ended up being a perfect one thanks to Morgan and his team at the museum. Morgan is exactly the kind of person you want running the show on your wedding day as well as helping you work out the details along the way. He is extremely knowledgeable on all things weddings and goes above and beyond to make sure your day is everything you want it to be.Sent on 11/13/2016
We were supposed to have the ceremony in the courtyard outside, but as that was obviously not an option, we moved it inside to the east building and they made sure this set up was every bit as beautiful. Our guests loved the venue and were especially grateful for the underground tunnel that connected to the west building (where the reception was held) so they didn't have to get out in the rain.
The food, flowers, linens, and cake are all included in the price for the wedding which makes planning your day a whole lot easier, and all the vendors they contract with are absolutely wonderful to work with. We are so happy we chose to have our wedding at NCMA and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable place to get married!
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We play events at The Museum of Art all the time, maybe even monthly. Every event is so much fun and the room never looks the same. Your guests will love being at your event and a beautiful museum at the same time!