San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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3 reviews
4.8 out of 5.0
Guest capacity 1 to 300
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About San Diego Natural History Museum

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.

Complimentary Wedding Day Details

  • Childcare room
  • Themed scavenger hunt for cocktail hour
  • An on-site venue contact and events team
  • Save the Date & First Look Photos
  • Pet-friendly wedding day
  • Customized, to-scale floor plans
  • In-house sound system and microphone
  • Personalized contracts and payments
  • Complimentary parking
  • 2 Hour Wedding rehearsal
  • Wedding party room with private balcony
  • Equipment set-up and breakdown
  • Vendor green room and reference advice
  • Checklist and wedding day resources
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Indoor Religious Ceremony
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Outdoor Ceremony up to 300
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Indoor Ceremony
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Pet Friendly Ceremonies
Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour
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Cocktail Hour Bar
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Cocktail Hour - Seating
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Cocktail Hour Decor
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Cocktail Hour - Activities
Dinner Reception - Atrium
Dinner Reception - Atrium
Dinner Reception - Atrium
Dinner Reception - Atrium
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Rooftop Reception
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First Dance Photos
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Ring Details
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3 Reviews for San Diego Natural History Museum

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.7
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    Kristen · Married on 11/05/2011

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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 Museum

    Sent on 12/07/2011
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    Molly · Married on 06/18/2011

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

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San Diego Natural History Museum FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 4500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 4500
  • 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?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Parking
    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?
    $ 17
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    300
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    7
  • Describe your venue:
    Art Gallery
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
    Museum
    Park
    Rooftop
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Outside Alcohol
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Aisle Markers
    Aisle Runners
    Altar/Arch
    Audio Equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Photo booth
    Tables
    Tents
    Tent Accessories
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate Fountain
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

  • San Diego Natural History Museum 1
    Museum Equipment Package B Included with Venue Booking

    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

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!

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  • 1788 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 See on map
    619-273-5813 (Phone number)
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