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Southern Vermont Arts Center

930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Dr.
Manchester, VT, VT
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(802) 362-1405

About Us

Southern Vermont Arts Center is a breathtaking wedding venue located in Manchester, Vermont. This museum has fostered an environment of creativity and artistic freedom, and they strive to carry this ambiance through its event spaces. Whether it is used for your engagement party, wedding shower, ceremony, or reception, this location is an inviting place to gather your loved ones.

Facilities and Capacity

With its four distinct event spaces, Southern Vermont Arts Center can accommodate up to 350 of your friends and family. Yester House Galleries contains ten art showrooms in a historic home, featuring wooden floors and plenty of natural light. This space can host up to 300 of your esteemed guests for a cocktail party and 100 for a seated dinner. For a contemporary setting, you may host up to 200 attendants in the Wilson Museum and Galleries boasting a bright ambiance and modern architecture. The Arkell Pavilion features large, wooden walls that can be opened to reveal the venue’s outdoor celebration space. For a more intimate gathering, the Hay Madeira Education Center contains two studios where you may host 20 loved ones for an evening of painting.

Services Offered

The devoted staff at this museum are committed to helping you create a wedding that matches your personal vision and style. They hope that you and your loved ones will enjoy being immersed in the surrounding art pieces they’ve curated. This location can provide ample parking for you and your guests, chairs for your celebration, and clean up services at the end of the party.


Although first established in 1952, this museum has deep artistic roots dating back to 1922. The first exhibition of the Southern Vermont Artists was held by five local artists, eventually known as The Dorset Painters. Since their incorporation in 1933, the Southern Vermont Artists have been comprised of visionaries such as Norman Rockwell, Luigi Lucioni, Grandma Moses, and Ogden Pleissner. Now, this center remains as a community space where artists can come together to share their creations and learn from each other.


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  • We somewhat accidentally stumbled upon SVAC as a venue, but we are thankful we did as we are so pleased with how everything turned out. We had our October reception at SVAC (ceremony in a church), but took advantage of the connected properties of the Barrows House and Dorset Inn. Working with Colleen Palmer and all of the Church St Hospitality Group was a joy. Colleen worked with us closely to craft exactly the wedding we wanted- the food, the bar, the decor. It was also very helpful that Colleen knew so many of our other vendors- everything went off without a hitch. The chef, JJ, was very receptive to any requests we had, such as tweaking a sauce, or a special order appetizer. He even personally delivered the meals to the bride and groom during the reception, which was a nice touch. Our guests have not stopped raving about how SVAC was such a great venue. Everyone enjoyed strolling the galleries during the cocktail hour, and taking photos outside in the beautiful setting which... Read more

    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?

    $ 5,000.00

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

    $ 2,500.00

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


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

    $ 500.00

    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, Clean Up, Parking

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Art Gallery, Garden, Historic Building, Mansion, Museum

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

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

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

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