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Venues in Durham, NC,
(919) 956-6700

About Us

21c Museum Hotel is a full-service hotel wedding venue in Durham, North Carolina. The property has many different spaces across its 10,500 square feet and features a luxury hotel as well as a contemporary art museum full of exhibits and event spaces. Recently, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a convenient location in Durham, you and your guests won’t have to go far to find plenty of local activities and dining options.

Facilities and Capacity
The foyer of the 21c Museum Hotel has green marble and silver leaf ceilings that have been preserved by the design team. They also were able to maintain the terrazzo floors throughout the facility. The main gallery can seat up to 170 guests and can host a standing reception for 250 people. There are also several private galleries that are wonderful options for more intimate weddings of up to 100. The on-site restaurant, Counting House, also has a private dining room and a one-of-a-kind underground vault that can be used. For additional convenience, shuttle and valet services as well as wheelchair accessibility are all available at the 21c Museum Hotel. The hotel has a complimentary Mercedes-Benz sprinter van service that is free within a five-mile radius.

Services Offered
Couples who book their wedding at 21c will be encouraged to think green while planning their wedding with the event planner. They’ll also gain access to set up and clean up services, tables, and chairs. Get-ready rooms are available for both sides of the wedding party to use before the big day. If you want to have all of your wedding events in one place, you can host your engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner at 21c Museum Hotel in addition to your ceremony and reception. The museum shop is able to arrange welcome gifts for your guests and wedding party if desired.

The Counting House provides catering for events at the hotel. Menus are created by the executive chef and celebrate the rich heritage of North Carolina’s fresh seafood. You can have a tasting prior to officially choosing your wedding foods. Your choices of meal styles include a buffet, family-style meals, stations, or plated entrees, with optional desserts. The catering team can also accommodate a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres. Barware, china, flatware, glassware, and linens will also be provided on your big day. Bartenders at 21c Museum Hotel can serve the following beverages at an open or cash bar:

  • Champagne toast
  • House beer, wine, and liquor
  • Premium liquor
  • Signature drinks
  • Specialty beer and wine

The 125 guest rooms feature high ceilings, large windows, and customized furniture. The rooms have free WiFi, HD televisions, coffee machines, and fully stocked mini bars. You and your guests will feel completely refreshed after using the Malin + Goetz bath amenities and luxury bedding. 21c Museum Hotel also offers several other amenities, including:

  • Spa
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Laundry service
  • Pet-friendly rooms
  • In-room dining

Roscoe Harris Jr

4.8 out of 5
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  • None of it would have been possible without Linea, the event manager, at 21C. When we first met her we knew we were in good hands. She stayed in touch regularly while designing the menu and table layout in the space. She took care of everything perfectly during the pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, and room flip. She addressed any issues without needing to add more stress to our busy day.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 2,500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 1,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?


    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 15.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Art Gallery, Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Hotel, Museum, Resort, Restaurant

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Accommodations, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Dance Floor, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    March, April, May, September, October, November, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, June, July, August

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