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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC, NC
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(919) 707-9845

About Us

NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a historic wedding venue located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. They pride themselves on being the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Your guests will experience a dramatic two-story waterfall, a beautiful mountain cove, live animals, whale skeletons and amazing dinosaurs at this one-of-a-kind venue. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences allows you to support important exhibits, research and educational programs as you host your wedding at their unique location.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 2,250 guests at this spacious venue. They offer five floors on their Nature Exploration Center and four floors on their Nature Research Center for both intimate ceremonies and grand receptions. Their second floor Featured Exhibition Gallery in their main building is a lofty space that can accommodate up to 625 guests. Your loved ones will enjoy the Mountains to the Sea exhibit as you dance the night away. On the fourth floor of the Nature Research Center, you can rent out the spacious William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center. This expansive space is perfect for lavish affairs. It features custom-made reclaimed wood, three projectors and a catering kitchen. It can easily be divided for smaller weddings, and boasts an outdoor rooftop terrace.

Services Offered
This modern museum will assist you with setup and cleanup for your event. They offer a variety of event rentals, such as tables and chairs, to ensure your celebration is stress-free. Wireless Internet is available throughout their venue, along with plenty of complimentary parking for your friends and family. Couples can also elect to have museum educators interact with their guests and help them explore natural objects, specimens and other materials. Additional services include:

  • In-house caterer
  • Security
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Wheelchair accessible


Cuisine
NC Museum of Natural Sciences works exclusively with Rocky Top Catering to create a delicious menu for you and your guests. Their goal is for their food to reflect your tastes, themes and any cultural influences you may have. Couples can choose hors d'oeuvres, action stations, a buffet or a plated meal. They also offer scrumptious desserts, dips and displays. Sample buffet items include:

  • Mediterranean Chicken
  • Roasted Cuban Pork Loin
  • Sliced Bistro Steak
  • Shrimp and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Atlantic Salmon

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5 out of 5
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  • Having our wedding at the Museum of Natural Sciences was a great experience. Not only was the venue amazing and interesting for our guests, but the Special Events Team were very helpful in making our day special. They were responsive to all our questions and were flexible to changes in our rental plans. Their pricing was also very accessible to weddings on a budget. Sydney and Blair were extremely easy to work with and we would highly recommend considering the museum as a venue for any special event. They have so many space options for any event size.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

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

    Yes

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

    $ 1,198.00

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

    $ 1,198.00

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

    Yes

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

    $ 1,198.00

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

    $ 1,198.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Chairs, Clean Up, Parking, Tables

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

    Cake Cutting

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

    2000

    What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

    10

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

    10

    Describe your venue

    Government Building, Historic Building, Museum, Rooftop

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

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

    What event services do you offer?

    Clean Up, Event Rentals, Set Up, Wifi

    What event items are available?

    Audio Equipment, Chairs, Tables

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    April, May, October, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, July, August, September, November



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