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Reception
$1,000 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Reception
$1,000 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price

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A special message to couples wedding planning during COVID-19

Safety of family and friends is always the most important and we want to assure you of a healthy and happy environment for your wedding. The Children鈥檚 Museum Indianapolis follows mandatory safety and health standards, with strict cleaning and disinfection practices. Whether you are just starting the planning process or re-planning due to the coronavirus, we鈥檙e here to help. You have our commitment to work each step of the way, creating an extraordinary experience with each of our venues.

Enjoy a wedding as unique as you at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Say 'I do' under fireworks of glass, take photos and a spin with your guests on a carousel that's over 100 years old, and dance the night away under the world's largest water clock.

Or enjoy the romance of The Manor at the Children's Museum. Originally built in 1904, The historic Manor offers indoor and outdoor options including a breath-taking ballroom, a grand staircase and a veranda ideal for photos and ceremonies. The Manor is perfect for your intimate celebration.

Send us an inquiry for more information and to set up a tour. We are also pleased to offer Live Virtual Tours of The Children鈥檚 Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor at the museum! These hour-long, complimentary guided tours allow you to explore all the extraordinary event possibilities without needing to leave your home.

By choosing us, you are contributing to our mission to create extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families.

Amenities + Details

Ceremony Area

Dressing Room

Handicap Accessible

Indoor Event Space

Outdoor Event Space

Reception Area

Wireless Internet

Liability Insurance

On-Site Accommodations

Outdoor - Covered

Guest Capacity: 300+

Settings: Ballroom, Estate, Historic Venue, Museum

Venue Service Offerings: Bar & Drinks, Cakes & Desserts, Food & Catering, Planning, Rentals & Equipment, Service Staff

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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?

$1,000

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

$1,000

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?

$500

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

15

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
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?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables
Tents

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?

November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
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Reviews of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor

Your trust is our goal. Our community relies on honest reviews to help you make those big decisions with ease.
4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
9 Reviews
96% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.6 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.8/5 9 reviews
Google
4.7/5 15824 reviews
User2066873 Sent on 03/15/2015
5 out of 5 rating
The Children's Museum was a perfect location for our wedding reception. The whole team at the Children's Museum was responsive and helpful throughout the whole planning process, the value of everything included in their rental package is worth much more than they charge for it, and all our guests had a wonderful time at the reception. Don't get sticker shock at their rental fee--it looks higher than other similar downtown Indy venues because it's truly all-inclusive. Once we did the math with all the rentals that would be necessary at the other venues we considered, we found that the Children's Museum was actually the best value...even BEFORE taking into account that the rental fee also includes two open exhibits! One of our favorite things about the Children's Museum reception was that there were so many things for our guests to do. There were areas where people could dance, where they could explore the exhibits, and quieter areas where people who just wanted to catch up with friends could sit and talk. Our all-ages crowd had an amazing time. I'd recommend the Children's Museum to anyone!
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Sara Sent on 04/19/2014
5 out of 5 rating
We got married at The Manor on the Children's Museum property after our original venue closed. And, honestly, I am now so happy our first place fell. Amie and Amanda with the Children's Museum were AMAZING! We contacted them about 5 months before our date, and they worked with us and made sure everything was perfect. I feel so lucky that we had Amanda with us on our wedding day. She made sure everything was ready and that the day ran smoothly. You can really tell that she loves her job and weddings! She even lent us her cake cutting set from her wedding when we realized we didn't have one. They were great. And, The Manor is an amazing venue itself. The ballroom was perfect for our smaller wedding, and it felt like we were just throwing a part in someone's wonderful old house. I really can't say enough great things about The Manor and the staff; they were great!
Rebecca
Rebecca Sent on 07/25/2013
5 out of 5 rating
Having our ceremony and reception at the Children's museum was, without a doubt, the best decision we made in the planning process. Amie, Kevin, Todd, and the rest of their staff went above and beyond at every step of the way. There was nothing they couldn't or wouldn't help make happen for us. They all brought such joy and enthusiasm into the process--it was FUN working with them! We've heard from several guests that the food was the best they had ever eaten at a wedding, and all the service staff were fun and helpful. Janet, our server, made sure I was never without a drink in my hand from the moment the ceremony ended. She was a life saver! Kevin, our coordinator, was full of ideas and went out of his way to make sure the entire event went off without a hitch. Plus, it was the CHILDREN'S MUSEUM! How much more fun could that be?? I guarantee you won't regret choosing this venue.
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor frequently asked questions

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
The space offered by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Museum
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Wifi
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.7 in value and 4.6 in flexibility.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Manor currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion for wedding services.

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