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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
70 reviews
$14k - $19k For 100 Guests
Up to 350 guests

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$14k - $19k For 100 Guests
Up to 350 guests

Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a city museum wedding venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a historic building with one-of-a-kind artifacts, the classic venue is as special as your love story. Here, you and your guests can explore the world in just one night!

Facilities and Capacity

From marble medallions to glass mosaics, the 300,000-square-foot museum will provide a priceless experience for up to 600 guests. The space is also home to unique artifacts from more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions. The Chinese Rotunda, the largest event space, sits under a majestic 90-foot dome adorned with ancient Chinese art. The Pepper Hall has high arched ceilings and marble floors, creating the ideal setting for an indoor ceremony or cocktail reception. The room has wooden doors that open out to the Warden Garden. The Egypt Lower Gallery and The Egypt Upper Gallery provide warm, breathtaking backdrops for receptions. Elegant outdoor settings include the Warden Garden, Stoner Courtyard, Mosaic Hall and Courtyard and Rooftop Terrace.

Services Offered

Through their range of services, the Museum can make your dream day come true. They offer:

  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Event rentals

Cuisine

Between years of culinary experience and a love for local ingredients, the culinary team is devoted to carefully crafting the best menus possible. Their serving styles include buffet, family style, French services, hors d’oeuvres and plated. Tastings, dessert, servers and bartenders can all be provided. Couples are welcome to choose between an in-house cake or outside cake. Examples of cuisine styles include:

  • American
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin American
  • Mexican
  • Southern
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut-free

Other Facilities

To get ready for the big day, enjoy their on-site bridal suite. Guests may also use on-site parking, valet parking, shuttle services and wheelchair access.

Other Services

Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology can host your bridal shower, engagement party, ceremony, cocktail reception and reception. They also offer:

  • Champagne toast
  • Signature drink
  • Chairs and tables
  • Barware
  • Flatware
  • Linens
  • China

History

The historic building is located on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. It was designed in the 1890s and has been hosting weddings for 20 years.

Location

Based in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, the Museum is conveniently located 13 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport. Nearby attractions include Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmont Park and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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?

$3,500

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

$3,000

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?

$1,200

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

$1,200

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Set Up

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$28

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

350

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

25

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

14

Describe your venue:

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
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
November
December

70 Reviews

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Recommended by 99% of couples
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    Evan M. Getting married on 09/04/2022
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    Phenomenal Experience

    CxRA and the Penn Museum staff were amazing to work with. Guests absolutely raved about the food quality. The venue is such a unique space and we had an amazing time. Two tips - be sure that you book early enough in the season to avoid heat (no AC, but wasn't an issue on April 9), and plan proactively for speeches. The rotunda doesn't lend itself to acoustics so you lose out on band time.
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    Carolyn W. Married on 06/04/2022
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    Incredible venue!

    We are so happy that we went with the Penn Museum for our wedding venue. The Warden Gardens was gorgeous for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The guests were SO wowed by the Chinese Rotunda and Egyptian Gallery for the reception. Guests kept coming up to us and saying this was the coolest wedding venue they’ve ever been to! The events team was awesome - Atiya and Angela answered all our questions and were so helpful. Jenn on the CxRA catering team was very accommodating and the food was delicious - like the best wedding meal ever, definitely recommend getting the arancini appetizer! We can’t say more positive things about the venue and the team.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Sania & Eric
    18 photos · 06/15/2019

Deals

Penn Museum 1
Exclusive
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.
Penn Museum 2
Discount

Book your wedding at the Penn Musuem and receive a 10% discount off the venue and receive complimentary small bites and an specialty cocktail courtesy of Catering by Restaurant Associates.

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Philadelphia String Quartet Philadelphia String Quartet Wedding Musicians

Most sophisticated site around. Easily communicated with, very organized with planning and would recommend to all!

Elizabeth Frumin, Weddings With Heart Elizabeth Frumin, Weddings With Heart Wedding Officiants

it has a joy to work at the Penn Museum. The services offered and the environment make for a lovely venue for a wedding. I recommend them for any celebration.

Philly Star Events Philly Star Events Wedding DJs

Fabulous wedding receptions! Multiple breath-taking event spaces! First class!

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3260 South Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104
2158983024
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Penn Museum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Penn Museum?

Penn Museum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up

At Penn Museum, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Penn Museum includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Penn Museum, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Penn Museum includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Penn Museum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Penn Museum for wedding events is known for:
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Penn Museum for wedding events?

Penn Museum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Penn Museum offer?

Penn Museum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Penn Museum offer for wedding events?

Penn Museum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Penn Museum have available for wedding events?

Penn Museum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Penn Museum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Penn Museum is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in flexibility, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in average response time.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Penn Museum offer?

Penn Museum currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion and 1 discount promotion for wedding services.

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