de Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive • San Francisco • CA 94118


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

For an event as captivating as a work of art, the de Young Museum is unquestionably the right venue. Founded in 1895 and situated in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the completely redesigned museum has been transformed into an ultra-cool contemporary frame for fine art and outstanding functions.

Entrance is through the courtyard installation by famed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. An invitingly lit lobby, featuring Italian stone floors and Ruth Asawa sculptures, is a fitting place to greet guests with champagne before whisking them up nine stories to the Hamon Observation Tower. Here, surrounded by walls of glass, delighted celebrants can savor cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and music. While mingling, they'll admire unimpeded 360-degree panoramic views of San Francisco's downtown skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, the sparkling Pacific, and Golden Gate Park.

Your guests will also be impressed by the spectacular architecture of the concourse-level event spaces and galleries. The walls soar two stories high in dramatic Wilsey Court, a perfect fit for an über-elegant wedding reception, dinner dance, or upscale corporate affair. Designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, its inspired use of angles, openness, and art gives the space a fluid vitality. A grand staircase to the upper galleries is ideal for regal entrances and photo ops. And don't forget that you can include the de Young's magnificent exhibitions, if you choose. The adjacent Piazzoni Murals Room, with burnished Italian landscapes adorning its walls, can serve as a special lounge, a separate bar and entertainment area, or an exclusive private chamber for more intimate gatherings.

But why stop there? For an artsy vibe with a whimsical twist, take your party to the de Young Café, de Young Terrace, and Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, which can be used separately or in combination. Have your ceremony on the broad sculpture garden lawn amid playful artworks and fanciful landscaping, host cocktails on the adjacent terrace, then dine and dance in the café. One of the museum's most popular event spaces, it transforms to suit your mood: casual, formal, festive, or even sultry. Striking touches like the colorful hand-blown glass lamps suspended overhead remind you that no matter where you go in the de Young art is everywhere, contributing a dynamic dimension to your celebration.


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PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $15,000/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Space reserved


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 400 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 2500 1000
Reception Seated 400 550
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.

CEREMONY & MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, spaces hold up to 400 seated guests. Outdoors, the Garden seats up to 200 for a ceremony.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, spaces hold up to 400 seated or 2,500 standing guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$$ • $$$


Preferred list



Licensed and insured vendor required.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily. Special events take place in a 4-hour block between 6:30pm and 1am. Daytime rental is available in limited blocks during museum hours. Overtime fees are additional.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Art Gallery
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
  • Museum
  • Non-Profit
  • Park
  • Unique
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Garden

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Panoramic
  • Park

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from approved list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Dressing Areas: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: valet or public garage
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: park, garden, pond, cityscape


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: BYO, licensed and insured vendor
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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