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.
Through their range of services, the Museum can make your dream day come true. They offer:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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
63 Reviews for Penn Museum
Recommended by 98% of couples
19 User photos
UKJM · Married on 10/05/2019
Oh what a night!
We could not have been more happy with our wedding at the Penn Museum! Atiya (Penn Museum) and Jamie (CxRA catering) were such a pleasure to work with and ensured that everything went perfectly on the big day!Sent on 03/28/2020
We had an October 2019 ceremony in the Stoner Courtyard, followed by cocktails in the Warden Garden, then dinner in the Chinese Rotunda, and dancing in the Egypt Gallery and definitely recommend this flow to the evening. Our -225 guests were blown away by the venue, the food and the staff. They remarked that it was a great experience exploring the museum during the cocktail hour. Jamie and the chefs were able to provide some delicious South Asian-inspired dishes, which our guests loved.
Both Atiya and Jamie were always available to answer questions we had about the venue and ensured that we stayed on top of things during the planning process. Our favorite part about getting married at the Penn Museum, beyond it going better than we could have ever imagined, is that we’ll forever be able to return to the museum and walk around as guests reliving the night.
Sara Rhodin · Married on 04/03/2020
An unforgettable wedding venue
My husband and I were married in March at the Penn Museum. I had gone to the Penn Museum a number of times on school trips and always thought the building was incredible. We visited a number of venues when we first got engaged and were so impressed with the space at the Penn Museum and with the professionalism of the staff. Atiya was incredible and answered all of our questions promptly and comprehensively as we were making our decision. It wasn't hard to choose the museum, and there was never a moment that we regretted our decision. Working with Michelle and CxRA was such a wonderful experience. She was exceptionally accommodating in helping us put together a day that fit ourSent on 10/16/2019
needs, budget, and guests. All of the food, especially the spiced salmon (so amazing!), was delicious. We just loved working with Michelle and Atiya.
Needless to say, the wedding day was one of the best day of our lives. After the wedding, a number of guests told us that it was the absolute coolest wedding venue they had ever been at. There is nothing about the space that is cookie-cutter and it was so incredible that our guests could explore the museum throughout the entirety of the wedding. We are so happy we chose the Penn Museum and would recommend it to any couple interested in having a unique, timeless, and beautiful wedding.
Tyler Garretson · Married on 10/12/2019
Elegant, first-class venue and caterer!
Atiya (from Penn Museum) and Jamie (from the exclusive caterer Restaurant Associates) were an outstanding team that provided a flawless and first class experience. They were in constant contact throughout the pre-wedding process with reminders and advice. Penn Museum was an absolutely stunning and elegant venue that had options in terms of locations on the museum grounds (it was nice to have an indoor backup option in case of weather). Restaurant Associates provided a variety of choices in terms of food and beverages, and they were all outstanding. It will certainly be a wedding experience we wont forget and would not do any differently, in part because of Atiya and Jamie.Sent on 10/18/2019
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.
Most sophisticated site around. Easily communicated with, very organized with planning and would recommend to all!
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.
Fabulous wedding receptions! Multiple breath-taking event spaces! First class!