San Mateo Wedding Venue
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, California 94401
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If you’re a lover of nature or innovative architecture, then you’re sure to appreciate the unique attributes of CuriOdyssey, a family-friendly science center, zoo, and thoroughly original event venue. Poised at the edge of the Coyote Point Recreation Area and overlooking San Francisco Bay, CuriOdyssey is surrounded by eucalyptus groves and county parkland. Right from the ample parking lot, you’re likely to spy some of the local residents: scurrying woodland creatures, wading shorebirds or colorful hummingbirds.
CuriOdyssey’s main hub is a contemporary building with an angular portico. Adjacent patios form the entrance to over an acre of gardens and wildlife exhibits. Couples can tie the knot in the Hummingbird Garden, an intimate spot surrounded by trees and flowering plants, while a rescued porcupine and Channel Island fox look on from their enclosure. The neighboring Butterfly Garden can be set up with a portable bar for a lively social hour, and if you’d like your friends and family to experience an up-close encounter with an Animal Ambassador—a boa constrictor or African hedgehog, for example—that can be arranged, too. Guests are free to stroll along the pathways and explore the 25 naturalistic habitats showcasing native flora and fauna, including bobcats and other mammals, and a towering aviary. Another social hour option is to invite everyone indoors to play with the interactive science exhibits.
Receptions are usually held in the stunning Redwood Hall, which has been meticulously crafted from rich, reclaimed wood. Even its foyer, called the Bayview Terrace, is magnificent: Soaring multipaned windows capture a breathtaking panorama of the bay through the trees, from romantic sunset to sparkling nighttime cityscape. The view remains on display from inside the hall, too. The Redwood Hall is made up of four cascading levels that can be used individually or in combination. The upper story features a mirrored cupola with a trompe l’oeil cloud-filled sky. On the facing wall, a painting of a full moon complements the celestial motif. Many couples opt to wed facing the bay view, with the faux moon as the ceremony backdrop.
Since the levels are connected by ramps and fan out like tiers on a wedding cake, it’s easy to envision your celebration progressing from vows, to cocktail hour, to dinner, to dancing. The ceiling is lined with rows of thin, polished wood beams, and cylindrical wooden columns descending to the floor form a visual counterpoint. In one corner of the hall, an abstract wooden oak tree stretches its boughs overhead. Throughout, artfully arranged nature prints suspended from the rafters seem to float in the air. To truly appreciate the hall’s striking design and extraordinary architectural details, we recommend that you see it for yourself.
With such intriguing settings, you’d expect CuriOdyssey to be pricey, but it’s not. What’s more, holding your event here supports the museum’s mission to educate and inspire people to take care of the earth wisely, which makes CuriOdyssey a “natural” choice for a green wedding or other milestone occasion.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The venue seats 300 indoors and 60 outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site accommodates 300 seated or 500 standing indoors, and 60 seated or 300 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 150 seated guests.
A security deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 90 days prior to the event. For events with up to 250 guests, fees begin at $1,800. For events with 250–500 guests, fees begin at $3,600.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: provided, extra fee
View: panorama of forest, ocean and park
Other: Animal Ambassador appearance available, extra fee
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allow
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Choose From List
Year-round, daily, 5pm–midnight for special events. Call for availability on classroom and theater.
Alternate Info: Coyote Point Museum CuriOdyssey Science Center and Zoo