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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Mckinney , TX
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LOCATION

1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069 US (map)

PHONE

972-562-5566
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ABOUT US

Make your special occasion extraordinary. The Heard has several spectacular indoor and outdoor event sites available for rent including a Science Resource Center, Laughlin Hall and an... Read more
Make your special occasion extraordinary. The Heard has several spectacular indoor and outdoor event sites available for rent including a Science Resource Center, Laughlin Hall and an outdoor native plant garden.

Meeting halls equipped with computer technology and break-out rooms, banquet and reception halls with adjoining kitchens and a delightful outdoor terrace provide unique accommodations for dinners, weddings, receptions, anniversary celebrations, corporate meetings, holiday parties, civic group functions and numerous other occasions.

One of these unique locations is sure to enrich a successful event in a stimulating, beautiful atmosphere. The ambiance of the Heard’s magnificent natural environment will enhance any occasion.

See our website for more information about the Heard: www.heardmuseum.org

For weddings, birthdays and other social bookings contact:
Brenda Hinton
469.450.4772
bhinton@heardmuseum.org

For corporate bookings contact:
Beverly Halperin
972.562.5566 ext. 271
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Museum, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Modern, Rustic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
100
What event services do you offer?
Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
4.9/5.0
Heard is an amazing venue. It's excellently priced. I worked with Samantha for the entire processes and she's been a dream. We are still a few months out from the wedding but she truly made the processes worth it. Once the day is here I will update, but couldn't wait to give a shout out.
Heard is an amazing venue. It's excellently priced. I worked with Samantha for the entire processes and she's been a Read more...
Heard is an amazing venue. It's excellently priced. I worked with Samantha for the entire processes and she's been a dream. We are still a few months out from the wedding but she truly made the processes worth it. Once the day is here I will update, but couldn't wait to give a shout out. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Your wedding wouldn't have beenthe same without you guys!!
Your wedding wouldn't have beenthe same without you guys!!
Your wedding wouldn't have beenthe same without you guys!! Read less
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Shana
Wedding:
10/1/2016
1.3/5.0
The main point of contact for rental is horrible. The reviews showed that she is hard to get in contact with. I had called twice with no response. When I called again, I left a message mentioning how the reviews stated that she was hard to reach and requested again. She called back stating that she was sick last week. I said I was sorry to hear that. She then asked how big our guest list was and when I told her our tentative list was 125, she said it was too big and hung up. I didn't even get a chance to say that we were willing to trim down. She didn't even ask if I wanted JUST the wedding there, which the website shows the amphitheater holds 525. She had decided that she did not like that I called her out on not returning phone calls. This is the first step in the process, picking the venue, and I am more than thankful that I will not have to deal with this woman throughout the rest of the planning process and during the wedding. It may be an great facility with reasonable prices, but having a rude point of contact is only going to make the stressful process of planning a wedding even worse. The museum needs to see what everyone has been saying about this point of contact and realize that she is causing them to loose business.
The main point of contact for rental is horrible. The reviews showed that she is hard to get in contact with. I had called Read more...
The main point of contact for rental is horrible. The reviews showed that she is hard to get in contact with. I had called twice with no response. When I called again, I left a message mentioning how the reviews stated that she was hard to reach and requested again. She called back stating that she was sick last week. I said I was sorry to hear that. She then asked how big our guest list was and when I told her our tentative list was 125, she said it was too big and hung up. I didn't even get a chance to say that we were willing to trim down. She didn't even ask if I wanted JUST the wedding there, which the website shows the amphitheater holds 525. She had decided that she did not like that I called her out on not returning phone calls. This is the first step in the process, picking the venue, and I am more than thankful that I will not have to deal with this woman throughout the rest of the planning process and during the wedding. It may be an great facility with reasonable prices, but having a rude point of contact is only going to make the stressful process of planning a wedding even worse. The museum needs to see what everyone has been saying about this point of contact and realize that she is causing them to loose business. Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
5/20/2015
5.0/5.0
This venue was perfect for our wedding. It was beautiful with the flower gardens in full bloom. The reception room was the perfect size for our after party.
This venue was perfect for our wedding. It was beautiful with the flower gardens in full bloom. The reception room was the Read more...
This venue was perfect for our wedding. It was beautiful with the flower gardens in full bloom. The reception room was the perfect size for our after party. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
10/25/2014
3.9/5.0
The Heard is a beautiful place to have an event. We had our rehearsal dinner there in October. It is a great value. Our dinner was wonderful, and the back deck was a great place to dance and mingle. The woman you deal with is somewhat difficult to get in touch with just like the other reviewers said. She is very nice when you do get in touch with her. The lights were not on when we arrived, and it was too dark to see. They were on a timer and for some reason, no one could find the switches. That was a problem for the older folks trying to get up the steps. It was such a fantastic venue, so beautiful with all the windows across the back of the SRC, that it was worth the minor hassles. We were looking for a "Texas" atmosphere- it was great!
The Heard is a beautiful place to have an event. We had our rehearsal dinner there in October. It is a great value. Our Read more...
The Heard is a beautiful place to have an event. We had our rehearsal dinner there in October. It is a great value. Our dinner was wonderful, and the back deck was a great place to dance and mingle. The woman you deal with is somewhat difficult to get in touch with just like the other reviewers said. She is very nice when you do get in touch with her. The lights were not on when we arrived, and it was too dark to see. They were on a timer and for some reason, no one could find the switches. That was a problem for the older folks trying to get up the steps. It was such a fantastic venue, so beautiful with all the windows across the back of the SRC, that it was worth the minor hassles. We were looking for a "Texas" atmosphere- it was great! Read less
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Jacquline
Wedding:
6/8/2014
4.0/5.0
We fell in love with the Science Resource Center the moment we saw it! It is a beautiful space surrounded by a beautiful backdrop! This was the perfect place for us, because we had looked at a few other places but they all had very strict rules about caterers, alcohol, etc. There was even one that stipulated who we had to order our cake from! None of that at the Heard! We were able to use vendors we chose, bring our own alcohol with no need for a bartender/security (it was a very small wedding, so we really didn't need either) and had complete flexibility. This was really important to us! Brenda is extremely nice and seemed to genuinely want to help out with different suggestions, etc. Overall we had a very pleasant experience and would defiantly recommend this location to anyone looking for a beautiful place that allows them to have complete flexibility in what they want for their own wedding!
We fell in love with the Science Resource Center the moment we saw it! It is a beautiful space surrounded by a beautiful Read more...
We fell in love with the Science Resource Center the moment we saw it! It is a beautiful space surrounded by a beautiful backdrop! This was the perfect place for us, because we had looked at a few other places but they all had very strict rules about caterers, alcohol, etc. There was even one that stipulated who we had to order our cake from! None of that at the Heard! We were able to use vendors we chose, bring our own alcohol with no need for a bartender/security (it was a very small wedding, so we really didn't need either) and had complete flexibility. This was really important to us! Brenda is extremely nice and seemed to genuinely want to help out with different suggestions, etc. Overall we had a very pleasant experience and would defiantly recommend this location to anyone looking for a beautiful place that allows them to have complete flexibility in what they want for their own wedding! Read less
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Anahi
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.9/5.0
We love this place! Everyone including Brenda, Spencer and the main desk staff were very helpful, flexible and so nice. This place has the best scenery everyone that attended the wedding loved this place.
The venue is very affordable we are very pleased with this location
We love this place! Everyone including Brenda, Spencer and the main desk staff were very helpful, flexible and so nice. Read more...
We love this place! Everyone including Brenda, Spencer and the main desk staff were very helpful, flexible and so nice. This place has the best scenery everyone that attended the wedding loved this place.
The venue is very affordable we are very pleased with this location Read less
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Ariel
Wedding:
5/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Very affordable in comparison to most venues, the coordinator is helpful and easy to work with. Loved the facility as well, spacious and had lovely scenery all around!
Very affordable in comparison to most venues, the coordinator is helpful and easy to work with. Loved the facility as Read more...
Very affordable in comparison to most venues, the coordinator is helpful and easy to work with. Loved the facility as well, spacious and had lovely scenery all around! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My niece and her now husband had their wedding and reception there. It was a Grand Experience, Breath Taking Scenery, Secluded area...It was the BOMB. Just enough room for the amount of guest they had. It was a little hard to find, but it was so worth it. HIGHLEY RECOMMEND
My niece and her now husband had their wedding and reception there. It was a Grand Experience, Breath Taking Scenery, Read more...
My niece and her now husband had their wedding and reception there. It was a Grand Experience, Breath Taking Scenery, Secluded area...It was the BOMB. Just enough room for the amount of guest they had. It was a little hard to find, but it was so worth it. HIGHLEY RECOMMEND Read less
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Nathan
Wedding:
4/5/2014
3.8/5.0
First of all, we love the Heard Museum and Nature Preserve...we have a family membership and will continue to be patrons!
We are so happy that we chose the Heard as the venue for our amazing wedding held on April 5th, 2014. We had rented the Science Resource Center for eight hours for the event. The deck provided a scenic and naturally beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. The violin music floating in the light breeze created such as surreal scene that was amazing to be a part of. The layout of the SRC was really conducive to directing guests for various activities (hallways as well as indoor and outdoor seating areas in the rotunda entryway) such as our cocktail hour while the wedding party was off shooting photos. Our photographer found so many amazing spots for photos with the wedding party as well as just the groom and I, and we really enjoyed walking the property as we took pictures. We have received so many compliments on the beauty of the facility and scenery!
A huge selling point for this venue was our ability to bring in our own catering without any additional fees, as well as our ability to serve beer and wine (no liquor, which was fine). The onsite kitchen was just the right size for use by the caterers, considering that nothing had to be prepared onsite. We appreciated the fact that there was also a standalone ice maker, very helpful! The bride and groom changing room areas were also a nice size and accommodated me as well a few members of my bridal party along with our make up artists and hairdresser.
As noted by other reviewers, the only drawback was that the event coordinator was often very difficult to get a hold of by telephone or email. However, once you got her on the line, she was very pleasant and helpful, and made a few allowances for us that we greatly appreciated! Our advice would be to make the drive out there to work with her in person, whenever possible!
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan and LiAnne Brown
First of all, we love the Heard Museum and Nature Preserve...we have a family membership and will continue to be Read more...
First of all, we love the Heard Museum and Nature Preserve...we have a family membership and will continue to be patrons!
We are so happy that we chose the Heard as the venue for our amazing wedding held on April 5th, 2014. We had rented the Science Resource Center for eight hours for the event. The deck provided a scenic and naturally beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. The violin music floating in the light breeze created such as surreal scene that was amazing to be a part of. The layout of the SRC was really conducive to directing guests for various activities (hallways as well as indoor and outdoor seating areas in the rotunda entryway) such as our cocktail hour while the wedding party was off shooting photos. Our photographer found so many amazing spots for photos with the wedding party as well as just the groom and I, and we really enjoyed walking the property as we took pictures. We have received so many compliments on the beauty of the facility and scenery!
A huge selling point for this venue was our ability to bring in our own catering without any additional fees, as well as our ability to serve beer and wine (no liquor, which was fine). The onsite kitchen was just the right size for use by the caterers, considering that nothing had to be prepared onsite. We appreciated the fact that there was also a standalone ice maker, very helpful! The bride and groom changing room areas were also a nice size and accommodated me as well a few members of my bridal party along with our make up artists and hairdresser.
As noted by other reviewers, the only drawback was that the event coordinator was often very difficult to get a hold of by telephone or email. However, once you got her on the line, she was very pleasant and helpful, and made a few allowances for us that we greatly appreciated! Our advice would be to make the drive out there to work with her in person, whenever possible!
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