Magic lives in the form of exquisite, scenic backgrounds surrounding the museum’s rooftop terrace, the only one in Balboa Park! Your guests will be greeted by majestic mountains, stunning views of the harbor, and a romantic atmosphere as the sun sets over the San Diego city skyline.
From the moment your guests are welcomed to our largest exhibition floor for your cocktail hour, they’ll be swept off their feet in astonishment. Elements showcasing our nature’s past and present create a memorable atmosphere, all with splashes of your style mirrored through the decor of your choice.
The heart of our historic museum lies in the Sefton Atrium, where floor plans are tailored to your cherished experience. The Sefton Atrium is a show-stopping space with a 60’ four-story translucent ceiling and granite floor. Two magnificent staircases lead to this space, designed for a bride’s grand entrance. Natural light fills this room, allowing for layers of lights to accent the romantic space at night. For intimate weddings, our rooftop terrace can be transformed from ceremony to dinner reception. Your guests can watch the stars come out as they celebrate your love, join you for a champagne toast, and dance under the night sky.
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3 Reviews for San Diego Natural History Museum
Recommended by 97% of couples
Anna · Married on 01/17/2016
We had our ceremony on the rooftop of The Nat and it was absolutely beautiful. They also gave us rooms for the bridal party and grooms party to get ready on the day of. They were extremely accommodating and the location and venue are incredible. Most of our guests were from out of town and they absolutely loved it. It's great that it's not directly in the flight path, but you can still see planes go by, and so awesome to get to see the entire park. Such a beautiful venue for a perfect wedding! Highly reccommend.Sent on 12/31/2015
Kristen · Married on 11/05/2011
We could not have had a more spectacular backdrop for our wedding! My husband and I wanted a venue that was "us" and the San Diego Natural History Museum was it. We were able to craft a really special day with the help of all the amazing staff at the Museum. Our day had everything: breathtaking views of Balboa Park, fun time with all of the exhibits and room to dance and eat into the evening. All of our guests continue to rave about what a spectacular wedding it was and we know its because we had it at the San Diego Natural History MuseumSent on 12/07/2011
Molly · Married on 06/18/2011
We had our reception on the rooftop of the SDNHM and it was a great space, for up to 100 people, for a seated dinner. Rachel, the events director, was incredibly helpful and responsive, and ensured we had everything we needed. You do have to choose a caterer off their list of allowable choices, but we picked Waters and they were fabulous too. Great location for a wedding reception!Sent on 07/11/2011
Offering Museum Equipment Package B with the venue rental.
Package B: Includes up to 30 reception tables, 15 cocktail tables, 300 chairs
Team of San Diego Natural History Museum
Jennifer Sahagun Jacobo
Director of Events
I am passionate about making your planning and special day unique and memorable! Our priority at The Nat is to ensure we make your dream wedding come true while providing the best resources and services. Unlimited site visits, an on-site venue contact, and tailored proposals are just a few of the exceptional details we provide to compliment your perfect day. I look forward to showing how the San Diego Natural History Museum makes for an unforgettable wedding experience for you and your guests!