Los Angeles Wedding Venue
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
Frankly, after strolling through the galleries of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, other venues seem…well…quite tame in comparison. Where else can you entertain 500 guests alongside a massive American bison silhou-etted against a prairie sunset? Or be brazen enough to enjoy a cocktail in front of a herd of African elephants? Or dance among the dinosaurs?
With its incredible array of dramatic settings, the museum is one of the most thrilling places we’ve encountered in our travels. No matter the nature of your event—be it wedding, corporate affair, or birthday party—this amazing site has a space for you.
After being closed for four years for renovations, the museum’s iconic 1913 Rotunda reopened the summer of 2010! Lined with marble columns and crowned by a stained-glass dome, the room is also the home of the very first piece of public art funded by Los Angeles County: a Beaux Arts statue entitled “The Three Muses,” which represents the disciplines of art, history and science. The Rotunda is ideal for a wedding ceremony, as well as any kind of private or corporate reception. With glass doors that open out to Exposition Park, it’s also wonderful when used in conjunction with the Exposition Park Rose Garden.
Other exotic backdrops for large parties include either the African Mammal Hall or one of the two North American Mammal Halls. With gleaming, polished cork floors (the perfect surface for dancing), and magnificent dioramas of the world’s animals, these rooms take you on an adventure around the globe.
Then there’s the Grand Foyer, a reception space remarkable not only for the beauty of its marbled columns, twin half domes, and travertine marble floors, but also for its enormous dueling dinosaurs—a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops engaged in fierce battle. (With centerpieces like this, who needs decorations?)
The museum offers other intriguing possibilities as well: If you like, integrate a special talk from a museum expert into your festivi-ties, or tour an area of the museum that is especially appealing, like the Gem & Mineral Hall, where glittering jewels will surely make your guests feel like royalty.
Sound extraordinary? It is. See for yourself—take an afternoon off, drive over to Exposition Park and take a walk on the wild side.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Rotunda and Grand Foyer seat 150 guests, the African and North American Mammal Halls seat 340.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Rotunda and Grand Foyer hold 120 seated or 250 standing; the African Mammal Hall holds 280 seated or 500 standing; and the North American Mammal Hall holds 300 seated or 500 standing guests. Halls can be used in conjunction with each other, allowing standing capacities to range from 800–1,100 and seated capacities up to 650.
MEETING CAPACITY: Small meeting spaces hold up to 80 guests, depending on configuration.
A nonrefundable deposit is due at the time the contract is signed to reserve your date. Pricing starts at $7,000 and varies depending on the number of guests and the number of galleries used. Each rental includes use of the space from 6pm–11pm, a 1-year VIP membership to the Natural History Museum Family of Museums, operations, security, housekeeping, event management staffing and all taxes and service charges. A portion of the fees is tax deductible.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: limited
Tables & Chairs: CBA or BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: available in some areas
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: sound systems, podiums, TVs, VCRs, screens and microphones are available at additional charge
Parking: ample available in adjacent lots:$10/car, valet is allowed
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: through caterer
View: museum galleries, rose garden
Other: event coordination, museum tours
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: CBA or BYO, permit required
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Year-round, daily, 6pm–11pm, extended hours are available. All load-out must be completed before the museum opens to the public the following morning.
Alternate Info: Natural History Museum of L. A. County, Natural History Museum of LA County