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Situated within Fairmount Park, Memorial Hall c. 1876 is a museum wedding venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This historic property dates back to America’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition, when it was constructed as an art gallery. Today, it is one of the flagship venues of Brûlée Catering and the home of the Please Touch Museum. The building is just 21 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport, making it conveniently accessible to locals and out-of-town guests alike. A National Historic Landmark, this sweeping architectural masterpiece makes for a dramatic backdrop to create timeless memories.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples looking to tie the knot at Memorial Hall c. 1876 can rent the entire museum or single event spaces within it. The whole building can accommodate up to 3,000 people for truly spectacular events, while individual rooms suit weddings of different styles and sizes. Hamilton Hall, which can hold up to 650 guests, features glamorous Arts Beaux architecture and 60-feet ceilings that culminate in an impressive dome. This room also hosts a towering replica of the Statue of Liberty, made from toys by renowned artist Leo Sewell. Boasting similarly resplendent architectural flourishes, the South Foyer accommodates 450 guests. Parties of 200 can gather in the Carousel House, a unique space with elegant furniture and a fully restored and operating hand-crafted 1908 Dentzel Carousel. The East Gallery is a two-floor, 1,000-person capacity hall with whimsical attractions including a rainforest atmosphere and Alice in Wonderland-inspired decor. The West Gallery also holds 1,000 people and offers interactive exhibits such as a SEPTA bus and a replica of an urban environment. Visitors can also peruse the Centennial Gallery, where a recreation of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition is on display.
As one of Brûlée Catering’s premier venues, Memorial Hall c. 1876 enjoys exclusive catering with this upscale restaurant. Founded by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, Brûlée Catering crafts globally-inspired cuisine that will dazzle newlyweds and their guests. Menus are rotated seasonally to reflect the changing ingredients, and the chefs will tailor each meal to the tastes of the clients. The museum also provides tables and chairs, glassware and dishes, tents, and help with setup and cleanup. From micro-weddings set along the vintage carousel to lavish affairs with thousands of guests, this venue is fully customizable for celebrations of all kinds.
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Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
Cake Cutting, Dessert, Wedding Cake
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar
Ballroom, Government Building, Historic Building, Museum, Park
Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tents
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
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