The New Children’s Museum is a modern wedding venue in San Diego, California. This smart and sophisticated space offers three floors of interactive contemporary culture for you and your guests to enjoy. WIth flexible event spaces and an amazing, modern and unique feel, this venue is a great choice for your San Diego wedding.
Facilities and Capacity
The New Children’s Museum is a 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art museum that is perfect for events. You have the option of renting out the entire museum, which can hold up to 1,000 people, and gives you access to all three floors. You can also rent out single levels of the museum, whether it is the main level, upper, or lower, depending on the backdrop, view, and amount of space you are looking for.
This venue allows outside vendors for events, but they do have a list of excellent preferred vendors that you will be able to choose from. There are also event planning services offered at The New Children’s Museum, to ensure that all your wedding needs are met and your event is fun, relaxing and enjoyable. The other services at this venue are:
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Michael · Married on 10/20/2018
A little imagination goes a long way!
Besides stating the obvious, the NCM provides a backdrop to the best wedding venue ever- you just have to use a little imagination! It's like a blank canvas giving couples a chance to showcase what they can create and brainstorm together! We started out not knowing what we wanted; however, once we stepped into the museum, we just knew this was it! To tell you the truth, out of all the venue inquiries that were sent out, the NCM was the one and only site that we visited!Sent on 01/07/2019
Minus all the running kids and the artistic platforms, you have free reign as to what that should look like. You can even keep any of the installations in the main room out, but if it's not your cup of tea- they can easily be rolled and stored away. Also note that this is a museum- installations and art will change throughout the year! We booked and singed our contract a little over a year from our wedding date. From the time of signature, two rooms changed on the main floor but this did not affect the look of our wedding.
Laura assisted us in our wedding planning as the on-site coordinator for the NCM, but you will definitely need a wedding coordinator for all your hired vendors and any other facilitation. There is a preferred vendor list for rentals, beverage, and catering- but everything else can be selected yourself. We were able to use a couple vendors outside the list as some did not have things available or weren’t specified- floral, chalk artist, dj, photo+video, lounge, photobooth, games, and desserts+cake. Keep in mind that you need to be transparent with what you want so there is no hidden surprises- read contracts, ask questions, get proposals. We were able to get things that we wanted, but we all know there’s a price tag for everything!
We pretty much utilized a majority of the space, as well as some areas that most don’t think about. We had some DIY, such as marquee lighting, name cards, escort card wall, and all the signage! Our coordinator probably had about 10 containers full of decor.
We had about 130 guests in attendance and used the half main as out space. You can select other options such as the full main and/or include the second floor or bottom level for an additional cost. It is a little costly but just know that the money you paid will help promote the arts for young children! If you pay in full, there is a discounted rate too! Looking into other venues, the cost was as expected- even less than other venues we had in mind. The museum itself housed our cocktail hour and reception, and the covered park across the way held our ceremony (which needs a permit from the city).
With everything said and done, we were more than happy with The New Children's Museum!
The New Children's Museum's reply:Thanks so much, Michael! It was so fun working with you and seeing your incredible vision come to life for your beautiful wedding day!
Marvin · Married on 10/15/2016
Love. Love. Love this venue. The New Children's Museum was one of the best decisions we made for our 10/15/16 wedding. It was actually the only venue we toured. Upon entering it and meeting with Liz Zajd, the museum coordinator, my hubby and I knew this was the perfect venue for us. Liz was awesome to work with, responsive, helpful, accommodating, etc. The venue requires some work and vision as you have to bring in your vendors, but in the end it is so worth it!!Sent on 10/25/2016
Joy · Married on 11/08/2014
The minute we visited the New Children’s Museum, we knew we had to get married there. We worked with Liz, and she was so nice and helpful. I probably emailed her a million times and she was quick to respond each and every time, and let us visit so that I could work out my “vision”. The Museum is extremely accommodating to your needs. We were able to do a sparkler exit and bring in a hot dog cart as an late night snack. Also my sorority sister is an artist, and they let her do a mural of our relationship on the large chalk board. All of my guests were wowed by the museum, and many said they had never been to a wedding like it. Absolutely book your wedding here, it will be unforgettable and you will truly have a magical day thanks to Liz and her staff. Also you’ll have some stunning photos from your day as well!Sent on 01/16/2015
The New Children's Museum's reply:Thank you so much, Joy! You were an absolute pleasure to work with! We wish you and Craig all the happiness and look forward to seeing you again soon. :-)
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We love the New Children's Museum! Their space is one-of-a-kind... totally unique, modern, and fun. Their staff is extremely accommodating, easy to work with, and professional. They are the perfect venue for a memorable and cool event. We highly recommend them!