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Carnegie Institution of Washington

Washington , DC
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LOCATION

1530 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 US (map)

PHONE

202-939-1139
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ABOUT US

The Carnegie Institution’s Administration building was constructed between 1908 and 1909 and conveniently located along historic 16th Street. It is an elegant backdrop for your Wedding... Read more
The Carnegie Institution’s Administration building was constructed between 1908 and 1909 and conveniently located along historic 16th Street. It is an elegant backdrop for your Wedding and Reception. Our Reception area features a Ballroom and beautiful Rotunda with a spiral staircase. The space can be viewed by appointment. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Carnegie Institution of Washington is my favorite place for recommending a wedding location if the wedding guest is about 125-60 but it does have a higher max guest number if needed. We had great photos taken both inside and in front of the building at the 16th entrance with the large doors and big steps. The rotunda was a great wedding ceremony room with a very nice balcony above. The planner at Carnegie were helpful and nice to work with. Reserve this location 14-12 months in advance to get the date you want.
Carnegie Institution of Washington is my favorite place for recommending a wedding location if the wedding guest is about Read more...
Carnegie Institution of Washington is my favorite place for recommending a wedding location if the wedding guest is about 125-60 but it does have a higher max guest number if needed. We had great photos taken both inside and in front of the building at the 16th entrance with the large doors and big steps. The rotunda was a great wedding ceremony room with a very nice balcony above. The planner at Carnegie were helpful and nice to work with. Reserve this location 14-12 months in advance to get the date you want. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/20/2016
5.0/5.0
We booked this venue for our Sunday morning ceremony and brunch reception. The architecture and decoration within the venue is beautiful and classic--in addition to providing a fantastic atmosphere for our event and our guests and photographing well, this allowed us to minimize decorating expenses! Everyone we worked with at the Carnegie was fantastic, from the event manager to the security staff the day of our event. The location is convenient to a ton of hotels, and there are also several parking garages nearby for in town guests. Double bonuses, they offered a military discount and we were able to pay by credit card!
We booked this venue for our Sunday morning ceremony and brunch reception. The architecture and decoration within the Read more...
We booked this venue for our Sunday morning ceremony and brunch reception. The architecture and decoration within the venue is beautiful and classic--in addition to providing a fantastic atmosphere for our event and our guests and photographing well, this allowed us to minimize decorating expenses! Everyone we worked with at the Carnegie was fantastic, from the event manager to the security staff the day of our event. The location is convenient to a ton of hotels, and there are also several parking garages nearby for in town guests. Double bonuses, they offered a military discount and we were able to pay by credit card! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful time and Ana was amazing getting us situated from start until end. Highly suggest using this venue, especially in the off-season when the fee is very reasonable.
We had a wonderful time and Ana was amazing getting us situated from start until end. Highly suggest using this venue, Read more...
We had a wonderful time and Ana was amazing getting us situated from start until end. Highly suggest using this venue, especially in the off-season when the fee is very reasonable. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a fall wedding for about 85 people at Carnegie and it was absolutely perfect! We had our ceremony in the rotunda, followed by dinner in the ball room and dancing. In DC the price / venue space you receive really is phenomenal and from the beginning you get a really great coordinator (we actually got two) who help you through the entire process. They were so helpful that we actually did the whole wedding from scratch without a wedding planner! Payments were always easy and every person we met there, from the coordinators to the security guard who let us in the morning after to get some things we forgot, were always incredibly kind and very courteous. Have you wedding at Carnegie, you won't regret it!!
We had a fall wedding for about 85 people at Carnegie and it was absolutely perfect! We had our ceremony in the rotunda, Read more...
We had a fall wedding for about 85 people at Carnegie and it was absolutely perfect! We had our ceremony in the rotunda, followed by dinner in the ball room and dancing. In DC the price / venue space you receive really is phenomenal and from the beginning you get a really great coordinator (we actually got two) who help you through the entire process. They were so helpful that we actually did the whole wedding from scratch without a wedding planner! Payments were always easy and every person we met there, from the coordinators to the security guard who let us in the morning after to get some things we forgot, were always incredibly kind and very courteous. Have you wedding at Carnegie, you won't regret it!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/7/2016
5.0/5.0
I just got married at the Carnegie Institution for Science on May 7, 2016, and boy - what a venue! The space is so classy, gorgeous and has several options for a wedding. Guests have fluidity in moving about the space, and the rotunda makes an excellent ceremony and dance floor space. Our wedding had 125 guests, and it was perfect & not overcrowded. I worked with Becky Hudson who was lovely, responsive, and professional. I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a classic & gorgeous wedding in the heart of DC! One note, I went with adding an additional hour to package and it was well worth it. We didn't want to leave!
I just got married at the Carnegie Institution for Science on May 7, 2016, and boy - what a venue! The space is so classy, Read more...
I just got married at the Carnegie Institution for Science on May 7, 2016, and boy - what a venue! The space is so classy, gorgeous and has several options for a wedding. Guests have fluidity in moving about the space, and the rotunda makes an excellent ceremony and dance floor space. Our wedding had 125 guests, and it was perfect & not overcrowded. I worked with Becky Hudson who was lovely, responsive, and professional. I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a classic & gorgeous wedding in the heart of DC! One note, I went with adding an additional hour to package and it was well worth it. We didn't want to leave! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
I was interested in the Carnegie before I even got engaged, and I can easily say that it lived up to my standards from the moment we first visited to the end of the reception. Becky was outstanding through the whole process! She gave us such a thorough walk through and answered all of my detailed questions. She was so responsive to emails. All of our guests were wowed by the space, particularly the gorgeous rotunda. The older guests also appreciated that the dining room was separate from the dancing during the reception, so they were better able to hear conversations. My favorite moment from the ceremony was when I walked down the grand staircase, such a wow moment and our guests loved it!
I was interested in the Carnegie before I even got engaged, and I can easily say that it lived up to my standards from the Read more...
I was interested in the Carnegie before I even got engaged, and I can easily say that it lived up to my standards from the moment we first visited to the end of the reception. Becky was outstanding through the whole process! She gave us such a thorough walk through and answered all of my detailed questions. She was so responsive to emails. All of our guests were wowed by the space, particularly the gorgeous rotunda. The older guests also appreciated that the dining room was separate from the dancing during the reception, so they were better able to hear conversations. My favorite moment from the ceremony was when I walked down the grand staircase, such a wow moment and our guests loved it! Read less
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Renuka
Wedding:
2/20/2016
5.0/5.0
We picked the Carnegie for our wedding because we felt it was one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. It truly made for an elegant ceremony. Ana, our contact person at the Carnegie was wonderful with work with. This is truly a gem in wedding venues.
We picked the Carnegie for our wedding because we felt it was one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. It truly made Read more...
We picked the Carnegie for our wedding because we felt it was one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. It truly made for an elegant ceremony. Ana, our contact person at the Carnegie was wonderful with work with. This is truly a gem in wedding venues. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Hands down one of the best venues in DC for a wedding and reception. Ana was wonderful to work with. They were so flexible with us regarding bringing and then picking up all of our DIY things. If you are getting married in the round, 110 is really the max you can fit in the space comfortably. Not the best venue for a band.
Hands down one of the best venues in DC for a wedding and reception. Ana was wonderful to work with. They were so flexible Read more...
Hands down one of the best venues in DC for a wedding and reception. Ana was wonderful to work with. They were so flexible with us regarding bringing and then picking up all of our DIY things. If you are getting married in the round, 110 is really the max you can fit in the space comfortably. Not the best venue for a band. Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
As soon as I started looking at venues for my wedding reception, I knew that I wanted to see the Carnegie, but was afraid it would be out of our budget. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out that it was within our budget, and booked a time to check it out. Within 5 minutes of being inside, I knew I wanted to have my reception there. We worked with Ana to reserve the space, and she was awesome to work with. She was flexible as far as letting me bring my parents to view the space when they came to town, and she never made me feel pressured that I had to get things done a certain way or by a certain time. And when it came time for the reception, the place looked like something out of a magazine. It was beautiful, and everything I could have hoped for.
As soon as I started looking at venues for my wedding reception, I knew that I wanted to see the Carnegie, but was afraid Read more...
As soon as I started looking at venues for my wedding reception, I knew that I wanted to see the Carnegie, but was afraid it would be out of our budget. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out that it was within our budget, and booked a time to check it out. Within 5 minutes of being inside, I knew I wanted to have my reception there. We worked with Ana to reserve the space, and she was awesome to work with. She was flexible as far as letting me bring my parents to view the space when they came to town, and she never made me feel pressured that I had to get things done a certain way or by a certain time. And when it came time for the reception, the place looked like something out of a magazine. It was beautiful, and everything I could have hoped for. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
As soon as my husband and I saw this space we knew we had to get married here! It was a little more expensive then we wanted to spend, but still reasonable. Every Saturdays had been booked long in advance so we decided to get married on a Friday. We worked with Ana, who is so sweet and fun! She was very accommodating about letting us drop off supplies beforehand and letting our parents come see the space. She never made us feel like a nuisance! We had both our ceremony and reception here. It goes without saying that this building is drop dead gorgeous. Our guests couldn't stop gushing over it! The lighting is a photographer's dream and it's impossible to take a bad picture of the space. Also, the acoustics are awesome. Neither our officiant nor our readers needed microphones and all 124 guests could hear without a problem. We had a string quartet play from the balcony for the ceremony and it sounded heavenly! We did not book the outside space and I wish we had since the cocktail hour was a little cramped since they were flipping the rotunda space. Other than that everyone fit perfectly! I'm glad we didn't go over the 130 guest mark. I'm glad we didn't have to worry about the weather, since it was all indoors. It got a little warm in the cocktail room later in the evening, but the rotunda stayed nice and cool. I worried about guests not being able to find the bathrooms (since they aren't on the main floor) or guests with mobility issues. I worried for nothing. The elevators made it really convenient and it was no problem! My one word of caution is having glasses on the rotunda floor. That marble floor is gorgeous but as soon as a glass is dropped it bounces and shards go EVERYWHERE. It made clean up a nightmare. I would totally opt for plastic wine glasses, to keep feet safe and happy! If I could do it all over again, I would book this place over and over again! It was wedding perfection!
As soon as my husband and I saw this space we knew we had to get married here! It was a little more expensive then we Read more...
As soon as my husband and I saw this space we knew we had to get married here! It was a little more expensive then we wanted to spend, but still reasonable. Every Saturdays had been booked long in advance so we decided to get married on a Friday. We worked with Ana, who is so sweet and fun! She was very accommodating about letting us drop off supplies beforehand and letting our parents come see the space. She never made us feel like a nuisance! We had both our ceremony and reception here. It goes without saying that this building is drop dead gorgeous. Our guests couldn't stop gushing over it! The lighting is a photographer's dream and it's impossible to take a bad picture of the space. Also, the acoustics are awesome. Neither our officiant nor our readers needed microphones and all 124 guests could hear without a problem. We had a string quartet play from the balcony for the ceremony and it sounded heavenly! We did not book the outside space and I wish we had since the cocktail hour was a little cramped since they were flipping the rotunda space. Other than that everyone fit perfectly! I'm glad we didn't go over the 130 guest mark. I'm glad we didn't have to worry about the weather, since it was all indoors. It got a little warm in the cocktail room later in the evening, but the rotunda stayed nice and cool. I worried about guests not being able to find the bathrooms (since they aren't on the main floor) or guests with mobility issues. I worried for nothing. The elevators made it really convenient and it was no problem! My one word of caution is having glasses on the rotunda floor. That marble floor is gorgeous but as soon as a glass is dropped it bounces and shards go EVERYWHERE. It made clean up a nightmare. I would totally opt for plastic wine glasses, to keep feet safe and happy! If I could do it all over again, I would book this place over and over again! It was wedding perfection! Read less
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