Our Editors' 20 Favorite Museum Venues

Written by Kim Forrest
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Museums are treasure troves of historical artifacts, works of art, and more—and they are amazing wedding venues as well. If you’re looking for a wedding site that’s unique, memorable, and will wow your guests, museums are ideal.

Check out our editors’ top picks for museum venues around the country!

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Hermitage Museum & Gardens
Norfolk, Virginia

This museum is located on the shores of the Lafayette River (hello, water views!), and the stunning outdoor gardens, including the majestic waterfront East Garden and the intimate Grotto, make amazing backdrops for ceremonies, receptions, and portraits.

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Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, Washington

This contemporary museum in downtown Seattle is an ideal venue for a modern couple. The Brontman Forum is a truly impressive space, featuring a suspended sculpture of light tubes and cars by artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Eiteljorg Museum

Eiteljorg Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

This museum featuring American Indian and Western Art, has both outdoor and indoor spaces for weddings. The terrace provides views of the Indianapolis skyline and the Central Canal, and the museum galleries can be made available for your guests to explore during your event.

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Long Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach, California

A museum with gorgeous outdoor space and oceanfront views? Yes, please! From the Craftsman-style architecture to the amazing art collection, this venue is a unique and artsy, yet completely romantic setting for weddings.

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Fruitlands Museum
Harvard, Massachusetts

This New England museum is an ideal setting for the couple who wants to celebrate nature. Ceremonies are held on the expansive lawn overlooking mountains, and receptions are held on the tented patio.

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Junipero Serra Museum

Junipero Serra Museum
San Diego, California

This mission-style museum is located in Presidio Park and was built in the 1920s. We love the indoor gallery for ceremonies and the outdoor terrace for receptions.

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Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Winterthur, Delaware

If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in a garden straight out of a fairytale, this museum and country estate will wow you. The dreamy setting can host ceremonies around a romantic reflecting pool, and receptions in the pavilion or the among the galleries.

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 Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum
Chicago, Illinois

If you’re a couple with lots of Chicago pride, where better to marry than a site teeming with Chicago history? This venue, with its Georgian-style architecture, overlooks Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast skyline and can accommodate ceremonies on the outdoor plaza and receptions inside the Chicago Room, with its stained glass windows.

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara, California

Couples who love the ocean and boating will fall in love with this California venue. From the Ranger Yacht to the Breakwater Promenade, there are so many amazing photo ops here—not to mention the outdoor ceremony and reception spaces!

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Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Austin, Texas

This tranquil garden is a natural oasis in the heart of downtown Austin—ideal for outdoor weddings. Ceremonies can be held in the lush Arbor, and the Garden can hold up to 250 guests for seated receptions.

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Museum of Science

Museum of Science
Boston, Massachusetts

A popular Boston venue, this museum is located on the Charles River and offers views of the Boston skyline. You’ll find a tented pavilion for ceremonies or receptions, and celebrate as a giant T.rex skeleton looks on in the expansive Blue Wing.

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Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix, Arizona

The dramatic Cummings Great Hall is a grand yet modern space for a wedding celebration. There’s also an expansive garden for outdoor ceremonies.

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta, Georgia

Dine, dance and celebrate under the dinosaurs! It’s totally possible at the Fernbank, where you can host your ceremony in the dramatic, window-filled lobby, cocktail hour on the outdoor terrace, and a reception in the Great Hall—yes, surrounded by huge dinosaur fossils!

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American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland

Quirky couples will adore this space, which is full of unique works of art. The Sculpture Barn and Wildflower Garden are popular wedding settings, as is the larger 3rd floor banquet room. Guests can tour the exhibits during your event—certainly an exciting touch!

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Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Yes, there’s a carousel inside this museum (hello, amazing photo ops!). And you’ll love the ceremony site options—a theater or an outdoor lawn overlooking the Grand Rapids skyline. Receptions are held on the museum’s first floor, where you’ll find an exhibit depicting the Streets of Old Grand Rapids, and yes, the carousel!

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Newseum
Washington, DC

This museum, dedicated to all things journalism, features a terrace with the ultimate DC view of the Capitol Building—an incredible ceremony spot. Receptions can be held in the Knight Conference Center, or couples can take over the whole museum. And—bonus!—foodies will love that the venue features catering by famed chef Wolfgang Puck!

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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara, California

Want an all-outdoor wedding? This romantic Spanish-style building has two connected courtyards with gorgeous landscaping and fountains—perfect for open-air ceremonies and receptions.

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Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Chicago, Illinois

What could be more romantic than a wedding under the stars? The unique architecture of the Adler Planetarium makes it a total showstopper—Café Galileo, in particular, features amazing panoramic views of the Chicago skyline.

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, Florida

The peaceful Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew makes an ideal backdrop for some truly amazing portraits. Open-air receptions can be held on the lovely lakeside terrace, and indoor receptions can be hosted in the museum’s spacious lobby.

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Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, Maryland

The Outdoor Pavilion and Point offers a panoramic view of the Inner Harbor for your ceremony, and the Decker Gallery and Industry Terrace features floor-to-ceiling windows. Your guests can also tour the exhibits during your event!

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