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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.

Services Offered

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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Kathlee Sent on 09/06/2023
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Unique Wedding Venue

The Newark Museum of Art is a not so hidden gem in Downtown Newark. I attended an event there when I first moved to Newark and immediately fell in love with it. The museum was the first venue we visited and we immediately said yes due to its affordability as well as the opportunity it provided for us to have a unique wedding experience. The museum hosts many events and has a team that will support you throughout the planning process. We had our ceremony in their beautiful outdoor courtyard and our reception was indoors. Our guests loved being able to view art exhibits during cocktail hour and we got so many compliments on the venue! The only thing that poses a challenge is that you can only host after museum hours, which means that you only get 5.5 hours for your event. We had so much fun that we wished we could stay there longer! This did not take away from our event but is something to consider. I highly recommend!
Erin H. Sent on 11/08/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Suzanne Sent on 10/29/2015
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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.
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