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Waterworks Museum

Chestnut Hill, MA View map Visit website
4.8 out of 5 rating
19 reviews
Up to 150 guests


Up to 150 guests

The Waterworks Museum is a unique wedding venue located in Boston, Massachusetts by Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Just a half a mile from Cleveland Circle, this museum is perfect for the couple looking for a historic yet elegant atmosphere.

Facilities and Capacity
The Waterworks Museum can host the ceremony, cocktail hour, and/or the wedding reception. Seating is available as cocktail style and fully seated dinners up to 150 guests. In addition to the Grand Engines Hall as the main event space, there is also access to the Overlook Gallery that is included in the package. Although there is no formal entertaining space outside, the front steps can be used for a ceremony with great photo opportunities.

Services Offered
Waterworks Museum offers various wedding services. These services include:

  • Date holds
  • Walkthroughs with the venue event manger (accessible when museum is closed to the public)
  • Exclusive list of professional and experienced caterers to help create your vision
  • Exclusive arrangement with liquor delivery and pick-up
  • Additional parking option
  • Event tour guide option
  • WiFi
  • On-site rehearsals (schedule permitting)
  • Set-up can begin after the museum is closed to the public
  • All furniture - tables/chairs and more can be rented through the caterer
  • Access to a preferred list of entertainment vendors
  • Outside entertainment vendors welcome - bands, photographers, photo booths, and more

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    Noor T. Married on 06/18/2022
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    A Fabulous and Memorable Wedding Experience

    We rented the Waterworks Museum for our June 2022 wedding and reception venue, and couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The venue itself is stunning, with a distinct look and feel that is difficult to find anywhere else. Rebecca Lawyer, the events manager, was professional, kind, and easy to work with and understood the space well. This space is best used for smaller weddings under 90-100 guests, and can start to become challenging to design around beyond that.

    We had a ceremony outside of the waterworks which worked beautifully and a lively, gorgeous reception inside. We did not use the upstairs space. The Waterworks is a beautiful space, a hidden gem, and a piece of history in the Chestnut Hill area. We strongly recommend this gorgeous and memorable venue.

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    Patricia G. Married on 10/02/2021
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    Amazing, Unique and Perfect Venue

    The Waterworks Museum was our dream wedding venue! Rebecca (events manager) and the entire team at Waterworks were phenomenal to work with! We can not say enough good things about Rebecca, she made the entire process so easy and was always accessible. This is such a unique venue and a very cool, industrial spot. Amazing for pictures and perfect for a couple who doesn't want the traditional country club vibe. Waterworks Museum made it possible for us to really personalize our entire wedding experience.
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    Judy Married on 09/03/2016
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    If you're looking for an unusual but beautiful venue, this place is it. Our wedding started at 5:30 when it was still light and ended about 10:30, and the visual appeal of the museum just became more romantic as the evening went on. The place is beautifully lit so it's very atmospheric. The staff were great and made everything run so smoothly. They made some excellent recommendations for caterers and we used one of them and were extremely happy with them. The museum were very helpful and accommodating with all the questions we had and made sure our day was a day to remember. We didn't have to think about a thing the day of the wedding. The best compliment I can give the staff is that we hardly knew they were there and it all went off without a hitch.
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I've photographed many times at the Waterworks Museum and absolutely love the space. It is absolutely one of the most unique and beautiful venues in Boston and I love that the income from the weddings supports the museum and preservation of the historic property. I look forward to working here again soon!

Michael Brook Photography Michael Brook Photography Wedding Photographers

The Waterworks Museum is an amazing place for weddings and events. The historical machinery and architecture create an versatile atmosphere that could compliment rustic, modern, steampunk or chic themes easily. Plus their event coordinator is incredible.

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