Located in Newark, New Jersey, the Newark Museum of Art is an elegant wedding venue. The largest museum of its kind in the state, its collection includes works of art from the Americas, as well as Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. The collection stretches to include pieces of contemporary and decorative art. It was first established in 1909 at the Newark Public Library by founding director John Cotton Dana. Today, the team at the museum invites you to celebrate your ceremony and reception surrounded by rich culture. They also welcome elopements, for art lovers seeking a distinctive setting for their intimate gathering.
Facilities and Capacity
The Newark Museum of Art offers a selection of event spaces in which you can host your wedding festivities, including engagement parties and rehearsal dinners. Dreyfuss Memorial Sculpture Garden has the largest capacity, as it can fit up to 250 guests for a ceremony or cocktail hour. A tent can be erected here for some shelter. The Engelhard Court is also available for ceremonies and receptions, seating up to 210 guests. It features a marble floor for a touch of classic elegance. From here, your guests can peruse the numerous galleries before and after your event. Finally, they offer the Ballantine House for photos of you with your wedding party.
The Newark Museum of Art offers catering packages for your convenience. Clean up and set up services can be arranged from the on-site team, leaving you free to spend more time with your loved ones. Chairs and tables are supplied from the museum for both your ceremony and reception. Your day can be enhanced by professional sound and lighting facilities, for crystal clear audio and well-lit wedding photos. If you are planning a meal, then you can avail of the museum’s linens, glassware, and tableware. For a truly decadent touch, they have a chocolate fountain you can use. There is plenty of parking available on the grounds for your guests’ convenience.
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9 Reviews for The Newark Museum of Art
Recommended by 93% of couples
Erin H. · Married on 11/09/2019
Night at the Museum!
My husband Joel and I got married at the museum last November and we had an amazing experience. The museum has a fantastic events department that helped us organize and prepare for our wedding as easily as any wedding hall. We had a beautiful ceremony in the outdoor garden, enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour in the foyer, and enjoyed a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing. Our guests loved getting to visit some of the exhibits during the cocktail hour as well. Getting married at the museum felt unique and special and we couldn't be happier with our choice.Sent on 11/08/2020
Suzanne · Married on 06/20/2015
We had our reception at the Newark Museum and it was magnificent. (The wedding itself was in the Cathedral.) If you've always dreamed of having a party at the Met or the Frick, but you're not a billionaire - the Newark Museum is for you. It's a beautiful space, with a first-rate collection of American art, from Copley to Warhol and beyond, an outstanding Tibetan/Asian gallery (the Dalai Lama visits when he's in town), and a lavishly restored Victorian mansion attached. But because it's in Newark not Manhattan, you can knock a zero off what you'd imagine you'd have to spend to close a museum for your own private party (and you're helping to support them too!). Carol Blunda, their events coordinator, is fantastic to work with, incredibly detail-oriented (don't bother with a separate wedding planner), and open to considering any good idea you may have. We had a two-hour cocktail "hour" with all three floors of galleries open for our guests (we paid extra for that of course). Our reception was set up in the elegant central glass-roofed courtyard. (You hire a caterer from the museum's approved list - we used Encore Catering in East Hanover, which was excellent.) Everyone was stunned by how beautiful the museum was; I hope that a lot of them will go back.Sent on 10/29/2015
User3565027 · 2+ years ago
We had such a positive experience choosing the Newark Museum as our reception venue (and with their terrific staff!) and wanted to share! I happened to know about the museum because I went to graduate school in the area, but because they are a non-profit, the museum is not allowed to advertise it's services publicly -this place is such a best kept secret! So many guests were buzzing about how excited they were to come to an art museum for the wedding and were blown away by how beautiful the space was on the reception day with all the dramatic uplighting and table arrangements in place -breathtaking (I don't think pictures could do it justice)! The Museum will also open up a gallery for wedding guests to walk through during cocktail hour, which many of our guests took advantage of and also loved. In addition to the gallery being open, they gave each of our guests a complimentary free re-entry ticket to come back and visit the museum another day. Our cocktail hour was in the sculpture garden lawn and the reception was in Englehard Court -we were really happy with both spaces. The icing on the cake with all of this beauty and delightfully unique reception space is the staff -I hope Carol and Erin see this review -you guys did such an amazing job on the wedding day! On the weeks leading up to the wedding, Carol was so responsive with every email and inquiry that we sent and got back to us right away. She is extremely thorough and really went out of her way to make sure everything was in order leading up to our event. On the day of, Carol came into the museum (on her off day) just to make sure things were running smoothly & stayed through the cocktail hour; Erin was there for the entire event and was also beyond spectacular! My parents, brother and bridal party members all came up to my husband & I after the event and commented on how great Carol and Erin were throughout the night - (Thanks so much to you both :)). Amazing experience -highly recommend!Sent on 09/27/2013