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Hannah Little · Married on 08/24/2019
Selecting the Museum of Life + Science as a our venue was definitely one of the best decisions we made when wedding planning. Working with Lauren was great and the entire process was really straightforward. They're not the cheapest option in town, but you get what you pay for - we received tons of compliments from our guests about how professional and helpful the museum staff were during the wedding and reception. They also raved about how beautiful the butterfly house and lawn were. Overall, we could not have been happier!Sent on 09/03/2019
Richard Bobholz · Married on 06/22/2019
Absolutely Gorgeous Venue for Outdoor Wedding
We held our wedding here on June 22, 2019. From guests who visited during the day to guests that were seeing the museum for the first time at our ceremony, everyone had positive things to say about our choice of venue. My favorite part was doing our first look in the butterfly house. It was such a magical place to see my bride in her wedding dress for the first time. I was awestruck. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment.Sent on 06/27/2019
The museum staff were great with Lauren helping coordinate our wedding up until the day-of and Chase coordinating the day-of. They answered all our questions and were on top of anything that came up. We were a little eager to move forward when we booked the venue nearly a year and a half before our wedding, but Lauren was great at working with us despite having other, nearer, events to work with. The timelines and all the materials we were provided were very helpful!
Lauren and Chase also coordinated our vendors so when we showed up the day-of, everything was setup and ready to go. It was a huge relief to see when we arrived!
All-in-all, we highly recommend the Museum of Life and Science for weddings!
Abby · Married on 05/18/2019
The Wedding Venue of Our DREAMS!
It’s impossible to put into words just how perfect our wedding day was thanks to the Museum of Life and Science and their incredibly wonderful staff. After considering a total of 25 different wedding venues throughout the state (and touring 8 of them), I can say with absolute confidence that, as far as venues go, the Museum of Life and Science is the BEST of the best. We held our ceremony on the lawn outside the butterfly house and had our reception under the special events tent. WEEKS after our wedding, guests are still commenting on how “magical” our venue was, and we couldn’t agree more. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and the glass, butterfly house provides a really dramatic ceremony backdrop, so we were able to keep décor relatively simple since the space is already so naturally gorgeous.Sent on 06/03/2019
But in addition to the incredible space itself, Lauren and the rest of the museum staff were an absolute DREAM to work with and made the sometimes complex and overwhelming process of wedding planning so manageable! From the moment we first met Lauren, she made us feel so taken care of and reassured that our wedding day would go off without a hitch (which it ultimately did!). Lauren was ALWAYS available to answer our questions in the months leading up to the wedding, to advocate for us when some challenges arose with a few of our vendors, and to make sure all our needs were met on the day of. She worked so closely with us (and so well with the rest of our vendors) that she truly felt like a friend by our wedding day. On top of that, all the museum staff we interacted with on the day of the wedding were absolute saints and treated us like royalty. One staff member drove us around the grounds in our own private golf cart so we could squeeze in a bunch of pictures at different exhibits while another caught butterflies for us to use in our photographs (talk about going above and beyond the call of duty!). Everyone blended seamlessly into our day with warmth and professionalism, and we just couldn’t have asked for better folks to spend our special day with! If you’re still on the hunt for a wedding venue, you can stop searching now because this one can’t be beat! Pro Tip: We HIGHLY recommend picking a date in May when all the flowers are in bloom!
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Abby, thank you so much for your kind words! You and Adam were a pleasure to work with and we wish you both a long and happy life together!
Eleanor · Married on 04/27/2019
Wonderful in every way!
Lauren and her team at the Museum made our wedding so special! We decided to get married in the treehouses, and Lauren did a wonderful job of figuring out how to stage the ceremony so that guests could see, hear, and enjoy everything. The photos beforehand on the Dinosaur Trail, the cocktail hour in the Butterfly House, and the reception on the lawn were all perfect. While load-in time at this venue is pretty short since it’s an active children’s museum, Lauren still made it easy for us to have everything ready on time. We also appreciated having access to a golf cart to help move guests with mobility challenges.Sent on 04/29/2019
I grew up going to the Museum as a kid, so to get married there was meaningful and magical. Highly, highly recommend this venue and their warm, capable, responsive events team!!
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Eleanor, we were so happy to be a part of your wedding day! Thank you so much for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you and Jalal in the future!
Catherine · Married on 10/06/2018
Our wedding at the Museum of Life and Science was absolutely perfect! Lauren was responsive and a delight to work with throughout the planning process, and the rest of the day of staff were friendly and completely on top of everything. Our wedding day went off without a hitch and we appreciated that there were no hidden costs for anything. We chose the magic wings package (ceremony on the lawn, cocktail hour in the butterfly house, reception under the tent) and it truly was magical. The guests raved about the liquid nitrogen margaritas, the butterfly house, and even the insect exhibits! The only downside is that the time frame for set up is rather limited since you have to wait until the Museum closes to start setting up. The Museum was clear about that from the start so it wasn't a surprise, but if you choose the Museum, be sure to discuss this early on with your other vendors (especially your florist) to ensure that your plans can realistically be set up in only an hour!Sent on 10/14/2018
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Catherine! It was a pleasure working with you and Zili and we wish you a long and happy life together!
Rachael · Married on 06/16/2018
My husband and I are a local wedding + couples photography team, we coordinated with the museum to use the butterfly house for a recent maternity session. Our experience was fantastic, Sarah was amazing to work with and so quick in her responses to any questions we had. The rate to use to the exhibit for the session was very reasonably priced and definitely worth every penny! Sarah even tagged along with us on the day of the session to help manage the museum visitor traffic during our shoot. She showed us some great outdoor spots to use in addition to the exhibit itself. The Magic Wings butterfly house was gorgeous and so well maintained. It was a perfect backdrop and a fun experience. I hope to return in the future with more of my clients! It was all around a fantastic time and I highly recommend working with the museum and their events staff.Sent on 07/06/2018
Kassy · Married on 10/14/2017
I can't imagine a more magical and fun place to get married. We chose the "special events tent" outside of the butterfly garden, and it was perfect. I wish we could do it all over again!Sent on 11/04/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Kassy!
User7943256 · 2+ years ago
We had our wedding ceremony at the Museum of Life and Science and it was beautiful! Lauren was very easy to work with and graciously answered my dozens of questions. The day of the staff was very accommodating and helpful. We're so pleased we chose this as our ceremony venue!Sent on 11/12/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Jessica!
Jamie · Married on 05/20/2017
We could not be happier with our choice to have our wedding at the Museum of Life and Science! It is such a unique venue and it's perfect for those who might not want the classic church/ballroom event. One of the best parts of having your wedding there is being able to take pictures all over the grounds, our photographer was so excited to shoot in the butterfly house and in the hideaway woods. Another benefit is the ability to move your event inside if you decide to book the lawn/tent and the forecast shows rain, which was my biggest fear in choosing an outdoor venue. Also, Lauren, the events manager, was absolutely wonderful to work with and was on top of everything during the planning process and the event itself.Sent on 05/29/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Jamie!
Rachel · Married on 04/21/2017
I want to find another reason to throw a giant party just so we can have it here! The Museum is gorgeous, interesting, and amazing. The staff were incredible and helpful in every way. Love, love, love.Sent on 04/27/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Rachel!
Jessica · Married on 04/01/2017
Seriously, this is an amazing venue! All of our guests commented on how great and unique it was. The staff was incredible; they were flexible and worked hard to help everything run smoothly. They took care of so much of the day, we hardly had anything to worry about. It was a little pricier than having our wedding in, say, a hotel ballroom but TOTALLY worth the extra cost.Sent on 04/11/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Jessica!
Carrie · Married on 01/22/2017
Couldn't imagine our wedding being anymore perfect then it already was. It was worth every penny and then some and the rentals team work tirelessly to ensure your day goes off without a hitch! I wish I could re do the day exactly as it was! Thank you MLS staff! XoSent on 02/04/2017
Jennie · Married on 06/13/2015
My husband and I knew from the moment that we visited that we wanted to have our wedding at the Museum of Life & Science. We chose to use the indoor spaces (aerospace room, math, weather) because we wanted people to be able to play with the exhibits. The prices were very reasonable and they worked with us to make sure that we were able to stay in budget. Tiera (the new events coordinator) was great with responding to my emails and helping us drop things off ahead of time. They were super flexible with our ideas and everyone raved about what a cool space it was. I loved that you can take your photos anywhere on the property, even if you aren't renting that space (bridal party with dinosaurs!!!) They also have really fun add-ons such as a photobooth or train rides. It is such a unique space if you are wanting to do something a little different and the staff is a pleasure to work with.Sent on 06/20/2015
Erin · Married on 06/07/2014
We had gone to an after-hours event at the Museum of Life and Science before my fiancé and I were engaged. When we were looking for places to get married that would reflect us, we thought about the Museum. We wanted to have the wedding outside but knew we’d need a backup area in case of rain, extreme heat, etc. The Museum was perfect. They only schedule one event per night so if the weather is iffy, you can move it inside. We used the lawn area next to the Butterfly House and it was great. Kelly and her team coordinated everything without a hitch. The space was lovely and I have had nothing but compliments about how everything went. How can you beat providing your guests with a train during cocktail hour?Sent on 08/03/2014
User3137305 · 2+ years ago
The museum was wonderful and easy to work with. They provided an incredible wedding coordinator and made all the arrangements with vendors. They had plenty of experience hosting large events, so they had every last detail covered. Wonderful experience!Sent on 04/05/2013
Liz · Married on 06/23/2012
I agree! Kelly Taylor and her staff are absolutely wonderful to work with... they listened to what we wanted and then made it happen beautifully, smoothly and behind the scenes. The location is absolutely magical as well! So beautiful and so many fun things for guests to do, from train rides, to liquid nitrogen margaritas to butterfly watching.Sent on 08/06/2012
Sarah · Married on 04/23/2011
The new events coordinator, Kelly Taylor, is wonderful. She took the position only two weeks before our wedding and worked very closely with us to make everything go extremely seamlessly. She is extremely responsive and works hard to make sure you don't have to work hard on your big day. Also, the Museum staff, especially Shawntel Landavazzo and Kirstin Hawley, do a wonderful job managing the events and decorations as well. Couldn't have been happier with these three ladies.Sent on 05/16/2011
Veronica · Married on 07/08/2017
Guests absolutely loved our venue. We loved our venue. Everything was awesome and the childcare was a wonderful treat for parents attending. Most of our guests used the photo booth and the liquid nitrogen lab was a hit. We used hideaway woods for the ceremony, (thunderstorm during a tree house wedding), and aerospace + math & weather for the reception. Several of our guests have said this was the best wedding they have ever attended, we put a lot of that on the venue and our coordinator Lauren. The whole team was on their game.Sent on 07/29/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Veronica!
Meghan · Married on 01/31/2015
We originally were planning on having our wedding ceremony in a church, but due to unforseen circumstances, we had to find a new venue. With just a couple of months away, Kelly was very accommodating to our situation. We were able to smoothly have our ceremony at the museum as well as take formals beforehand. We had an awesome time and I'm glad we had to make the sudden change in venue! I couldn't have been happier!Sent on 04/01/2015
Janel · Married on 12/13/2014
If you have a small wedding (under 40 guests) take advantage of having your ceremony inside of the butterfly enclosure. It's beautiful, natural, and requires no additional decoration. The staff is professional and do everything they can to make your day go off without a hitch.Sent on 12/21/2014
Jessica · Married on 08/31/2013
For our guests that know us, it made sense why we chose the museum for our reception- it reflects both of our personalities quite well.Sent on 11/15/2013
What our guests maybe didn't know to appreciate is how incredibly well equipped the museum is for planning out events. Kelly, the on-staff event coordinator, was so wonderful throughout the whole process. She helped us think through how to best use the space, and worked with us in many ways to keep our costs down. She walked us through so many details in preparation for the event, and then the day of, Kelly and her team worked with the caterers and other vendors behind the scenes to make sure the whole event flowed smoothly and according to plan.
We even had the train running for our guests to ride throughout the reception (best $$ ever spent!).
We had a ball, our guests had a ball. I really hope someone I know gets married there soon because I can't wait to go back!
The only annoyance (piddly when compared with all of the many things we loved about having our reception at the museum) was a few unexpected clean-up charges that got tagged on by the maintenance folks at the end.
Other than that, we loved everything about our reception at the Museum!
Kacey · Married on 06/03/2018
Museum of Life and Science June Wedding
The Museum wedding coordinator, Lauren, was amazing and super helpful. She answered all our questions promptly and took away a lot of our worry. The venue is beautiful and so unique.Sent on 12/06/2018
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Kacey, thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you and Adrian! We hope to see you around campus in the years to come!
Sarah · Married on 09/23/2017
We had a fantastic wedding at the museum. For what you get the price is great and the coordinator Lauren was there to help and answer questions the entire time. I planned my wedding from Texas and she was more than happy to provide the extra support needed to make sure my day was perfect. The venue itself was beautiful and my guests had so much fun. We got married outside of the butterfly house and had our reception in the tent. The cocktail hour had guests on the train, in the butterfly house, and experiencing the animal encounter. It was a perfect night and I can't imagine my wedding at any other venue.Sent on 10/23/2017
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Thank you Sarah!
Edgar Harrell · Married on 09/28/2019
Beautiful Space for a Unique Wedding
Working with Lauren and the team from the Museum of Life & Science for our wedding was fantastic. We got married by the Butterfly House and with lucky weather, our wedding was a beautiful dream come true. We used the lawn for the ceremony, the tent for the reception, and the Butterfly House for our cocktail hour and our guests had a fantastic time exploring and enjoying the beautiful garden. Lauren and the museum coordinated with our vendors very well so that a lot of the setup and organization was handled for us, so all we had to do was show up and get married.Sent on 10/15/2019
It’s worth noting that because the venue is a museum first and foremost, there are some business restrictions you might encounter that you wouldn’t at another venue. For one, your vendors will only have an hour to setup because they will not be allowed in until the museum has closed for the day. The museum closed at 5 and our guests began arriving at 6. Because Lauren works with the Durham vendors closely, we didn’t have to worry and they were easily setup within the time frame, but if you have more complicated needs keep in mind that that your vendors may have extra time constraints imposed by the museum. We highly recommend adding extra photography time to explore the museum grounds, and extra reception time since the wedding has to start a little later in the evening.
Additionally, because of the way the museum is operated, you will need to make your rainplan and weather call a few days in advance. We took a risk and got lucky that it didn’t rain, but keep in mind the museum is a little more restrictive when you use an outdoor space.
The Museum did work with us on the vendor setup and the making a rain plan, so while these constraints are a little more restrictive than other venues, we felt like we were in capable hands and didn’t have complicated decorations or demands for the space (it’s already in a beautiful garden, so we didn’t want to over decorate).
Having our wedding at the Museum of Life & Science made for a unique and memorable night, the staff was super friendly and the space is beautiful. We highly recommend taking a tour and seeing if it’s the right place for you!
Ashley · Married on 05/04/2019
A beautiful and unique venue!
My husband and I had an amazing wedding at the NC Museum of Life and Science! We did the Magic Wings package, which has the ceremony on the lawn outside of the butterfly house, the cocktail hour in the butterfly house/insectarium, and the reception under the special events tent. The venue is gorgeous and unique, and our guests LOVED the liquid nitrogen margaritas and animal encounter! We have no regrets about having our wedding here. It poured rain right after our ceremony, but we were still able to have our reception under the tent without a problem. Lauren, our venue coordinator, was very sweet and helpful!Sent on 05/13/2019
A few things to be aware of before booking (all of which the museum will tell you)
The museum has an automatic rain back-up plan if your wedding is scheduled to be outdoors (inside the museum itself), which is great! However, you need to decide whether you'll move your wedding indoors by the Wednesday prior to the wedding, after which you have to pay $500 to change; you can’t change anything after Friday. We didn’t think much about this when we booked the venue, but it ended up calling for rain on our wedding day, and being forced to make a decision on Wednesday (when the forecast was still 50/50) was very stressful. We ended up going with a “partial” rain plan, with the ceremony under the special events tent, and then having our coordinators move all of the chairs onto the lawn for the ceremony because the museum would not let us change the plan for chair placement. I would recommend that the museum offer more flexibility in switching between the partial rain plan and the original plan, because it seems very easy to do even with limited staff and would have reduced our stress level significantly.
Also, be aware that you only have one hour for set-up, and that you will also likely need to extend your reservation time if you have both the ceremony and reception at the museum! Again, the museum was very clear about all of this from the beginning – these are just things to think about that may be more consequential than you initially think.
Overall, we absolutely loved having our wedding here and would choose this venue again in a heartbeat!
Museum of Life and Science's reply:Ashley, thank you for the wonderful feedback and for understanding the challenges of being a museum venue. We are glad that everything ran smoothly for your wedding and hope to see you and Ryan again in the future!