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
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Rebecca · Married on 05/07/2016
We absolutely loved the Penn Museum. Atiya made us feel welcome from the very moment we stepped into the museum and took incredible care of us throughout the entire process. She was extremely attentive and quick in getting back to our emails and calls, always putting us at ease and ensuring our needs were met. We cannot say enough amazing things about her and the entire museum staff. The venue itself is unbelievably beautiful, from the courtyard where we had our ceremony, to the Chinese Rotunda where we had dinner, to the Upper Egypt Gallery where we had desserts and dancing. Our guests were blown away by the space and were amazed by the yummy food! Michelle of Restaurant Associates took incredible care of us as well. She ensured that our guests had the premium dining experience and everyone left raving about the food. We honestly cannot do this venue and the staff enough justice in this review. You really have to see it to believe it. We are grateful beyond belief and recommend this to anyone looking for a space to have their wedding or any event for that matter!
Rachel · Married on 12/08/2018
Fantastic group!Easy work with
Norman · Married on 10/27/2018
A Perfect Wedding!
Penn Museum is a gorgeous non-conventional venue with multiple different rooms/exhibitions/gardens available for use, and the coordinators (Atiya and Hladini) cannot be more helpful or friendly. Initially we were slightly concerned about having to use the exclusive in-house caterer - CxRA, worrying that we don't have much flexibilities or options. But CxRA (Michelle as the coordinator) had been nothing but flexible and excellent in their quality of food and service. Michelle and the chef even helped us create appetizers and desserts that were not on the menu. On the wedding day, Atiya and Michelle ran the show perfectly. Although we were repeatedly told by married friends to expect something to go wrong on our wedding day, we honestly could not think of anything that went wrong (thanks to our other vendors as well). And all of our guests could not stop talking about how great the venue and food were. So THANK YOU, Penn Museum!
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!