10 Cool U.S. Museums for Your Wedding
Hosting your wedding at a museum can make your wedding absolutely unforgettable. We’ve found 10 unique museums that would be compelling venues for your main event!
Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL
From ceremonies facing a large reflecting pond (pictured above) to dramatic events under a series of airplanes hanging from the ceiling, this museum is hard to beat. Especially for aviation themed weddings, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry should be considered by couples needing a lot of space at a modern venue.
International Spy Museum, Washington D.C.
Geek chic couples, rejoice! We found a wedding site filled with plenty of camp, intrigue, and fun. The International Spy Museum celebrates the world of espionage, both IRL and on film. Grooms who have always dreamed of being Bond or a Bond villain will love this unique setting. Great for weddings of all sizes, you can have your event in a variety of rooms on site.
The Strong Museum (National Museum of Play), Rochester, NY
With exhibits like the Toy Hall of Fame and a video arcade to rival any you’ve ever seen, The Strong Museum is for couples that are really just kids at heart. This playful, enchanting venue offers endless creative options for photo backdrops. History buffs will love the fascinating displays tracing the evolution of different toys and board games. Ideal for events with a bright color palette, this is a fun venue your guests will remember for years!
Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, MO
This amazing museum can host a nearly limitless number of wedding themes and styles. Whether you want your reception on a train platform (for those who live in the hopes of discovering Platform 9 3/4) to a pavilion surrounded with antique cars, these dynamic displays mean the Museum of Transportation a terrific venue choice.
The Huntington, San Marino, CA
This elegant museum houses an art collection, library, and a world-renowned garden used often in TV and film. While you can’t have your event in the gallery rooms or in the library, you can choose nearly any area of the gardens or the indoor atriums. While this is one of the most expensive venues on our list, it is also one of the most spectacular.
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC
A stunner with sleek, minimalist design, the New Museum is a perfect match for modern-minded couples. Take in the contemporary art collections and admire the skyline view from the rooftop terrace (our favorite space in this venue). Located in the Bowery district, the museum is surrounded by hip restaurants and unique boutique hotels.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Sure, there are tons of witchcraft museums in Salem, but unless you are a very unconventional bride, we’re thinking that isn’t the theme you want for your wedding. The Peabody Essex is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. and houses rich collections of not only early American art but also an extensive amount of Asian and African pieces. Their venue spaces are refined and elegant, from historical ballrooms to open halls filled with light.
Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, VA
One of the smallest museums listed here, this museum packs a punch of personality! Their second floor space is available for rental and is ideal for couples with an intimate guest list. Fans of the moody Victorian era will love being surrounded by walls of apothecary shelves and antique pharmacy bottles. The brick exterior will provide you a lovely backdrop for your wedding portraits!
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Not quite as large as some of the other museums on this list, the Andy Warhol Museum can still cater to the majority of weddings (although anyone with a 300+ guest list should probably look elsewhere). Guests can take guided tours of the galleries during your shindig, learning more about the life of Andy Warhol and his amazing art. And yes, a neon wedding would be right at home in this fabulous space.
Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum, Seattle, WA
In the shadow of the Space Needle is a ‘glasshouse’ with a breathtaking hanging installation. If you’re familiar with the work of Dale Chihuly, then you know to expect tons of color and texture at this one-of-a-kind venue. Your guests can wander the outdoor gardens as well as the other exhibitions, all of which are filled with different glass creations.