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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Mckinney , TX
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LOCATION

1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX US 75069 (map)

PHONE

972-562-5566

WEBSITE

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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
bhalperin@heardmuseum.org Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1967
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Museum, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Modern, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
65
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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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!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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
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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
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Lynn
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
The inside/outside availability ws great in case of bad weather. Brenda was very helpful and flexible in giving us access. Loved the large science room where we put up a great pictoral presentation.
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Amanda
Wedding:
3/23/2013
3.0/5.0
We were in love with the Heard Museum. From the second we walked in we knew we wanted to get married there and the cost was perfect. Unfortunately, the event coordinator was less then ideal to work with. I went to the Heard Museum a few times after booking it and the lady never recognized me. You would think after spending all this money and constant contact with someone they would remember who you are. She also went back and forth on a lot of things she told us. The contact was minimal and she always had this attitude that I was bothering her when I asked simple questions. We were also informed that she had booked an event for the morning of our wedding. I don't know anyone that would set something up like that. The day of she was present and actually took care of everything pretty well. She showed back up at 11:30pm and informed us that we had to be out in 30 minutes and we did everything we could to be out of there in time but she was very rude and even threw some of our decorations away. I found that extremely disrespectful. Regardless of the event coordinator the place is too beautiful to pass up, definitely worth it if you have people to depend on and don't need to rely on the direction of the event coordinator.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/7/2012
4.2/5.0
This is the place to get married at in North Texas! We only paid $1100, and that covered the cost of two locations within the museum, the Native Plant Garden where we held our ceremony and the Student Resource Center where we held our reception. The venue provides all the tables and chairs, and takes care of setting up and breaking down both. They also have an AV system all set up for you to use (PC compatible ONLY!!)
Getting married in the NPG was the most incredible experience. With the trees in full foliage and the gardens in bloom still, it was like a magical little canopy of greenery. Plus, with all the existing flora, we only had to buy flowers for the wedding party to carry! Our pictures look so amazing with all the foliage too!
The SRC was a great location for our reception. They have floor to ceiling windows and a large deck that all overlook the preserve. Another great thing is that they let you use any caterer that you want, professional or not. This is so huge, because a lot of venues that we looked at required that you either choose from a list of preferred vendors or your caterer must carry $1m in insurance.

The ONLY thing that I would warn you about is the event coordinator at this place. I'm sure she is a lovely person, but her bedside manner could use a little work. She is not very friendly, and at one point about a month before our wedding, she flat out told us that we could no longer have our wedding there, because we invited too many people. We had to explain to her that when we signed the contract, she agreed that we could set up tables on the outside deck for overflow, and that since we were not doing a sit-down dinner, it wouldn't be an issue. She then recanted her earlier refusal, and conceded to our request. It was probably the worst moment of the planning process, as we thought for sure we were going to have to find another venue available for our date and time with a month to do it. But it all worked out in the end :)
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Alexis
Wedding:
3/17/2012
4.8/5.0
Brenda Hinton was our event coordinator at the Heard Museum. She was extremely helpful throughout all of our event planning process and was with us to help on the day-of. She assisted us with layouts, floor-plans, and coordinating our other vendors - and all of this was included in our rental of the facility for the day!

The value of the Heard Museum also can't be beat - we had absolute freedom with choosing our vendors (no site-recommended or required outside vendors) and it was extremely reasonably priced.

The location is also wonderful. We held our ceremony in Laughlin hall, where we stood in front of large glass windows that overlooked the back garden. Very beautiful. We also held our reception on-site at the Heard in the Science Resource Center (SRC). There was plenty of room in the facility for our photo-booth, two buffet lines, DJ w/booth, and 12 tables for guests plus our head table, cake table, drink table, etc. I thought it looked small when we first toured but we had plenty of room for everything. The SRC also has a great patio overlooking the back ponds of the Heard Museum, complete with small white Christmas tree lights lining the handrail - it was gorgeous on the patio looking at the sunset during the reception.
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Claudia
Wedding:
11/11/2011
2.2/5.0
The place was beautiful, the price was great. We found this place 3 months before we wanted to get married. It doesnt get many wedding so they dont have much to help you. unless you have a wedding planner and a staff, i would not recomand this place. i had 15 people helping me set up and we did not finish. the event lady, told me i could start setting up a day before, so i figured i would not need to hire anyone. i went when we had rehersal and brought people with me and she did not let us do it. so i couldnt hire anyone bc it was too late. it was VERY unorginazed and she disappeared 1/2 though my set up and i did not see her for the rest of the time. we didnt get all the tables we were supposed to get, so some of my guest ended up leaving bc they had no where to sit. also, there was another wedding and i had some of their guest walked down MY aisle when i was making my exit when we were announced husband and wife. so if you dont have NO PLANNER, dont come here. there is no possible way to get ready for a wedding of 150 in 3 hours before your wedding with just helpers (friend & family). You would have to hire a full staff to get it all done!! btw i only had 3 months to put a wedding together so i was stressed out!!! the garden and the actual place is beautiful though. i did get many compliments on the wedding, but some noticed how unorginazed it was. i was just glad it was done and over with.
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jessica
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.3/5.0
Chairs and tables provided. Has a beautiful outside garden allowing for a simple but elegant atmosphere.
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mandaverdana
Wedding:
9/3/2011
4.0/5.0
The Heard is a fabulous place to get married! We had both our ceremony and our reception there. The Science Resource Center's deck overlooks the lake and beautiful scenery. Tables and chairs were provided (and set up for us!!) along with an audio system and projection system. There is also a nice sized kitchen and bar space for drinks. Our 50 guests fit comfortably in the Center with plenty of room to spare. Although it doesn't come with much else, the Heard is priced very reasonably. We looked for months and this venue had the best value. You are not limited in terms of catering and other vendors, which was a huge plus!! The only cons were that it was somewhat hard to get in touch with the facilities/events manager and we were told a little too late that we could have set up the day before (that would have helped a lot!). Other than that, the Heard is an excellent space to get married, especially for those who want to go the non-traditional route or want a nature-filled wedding. Oh, and we had our wedding during the day so the kids were able to go visit the museum if they got fidgety (moms loved it!).
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ninprincess0718
Wedding:
12/4/2010
4.7/5.0
We held both our ceremony and reception at the Heard and it was beautiful! We had several photo ops and they were very flexible with us! The price was right!
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lapitt2009
Wedding:
11/29/2009
4.1/5.0
The venue is WONDERFUL. If you want a place with tons of natural elements, the Heard is the place. Our wedding was at the Natural Science Research Center. Tables and chairs are provided and they did a great job setting up before we got there. It may take some doing getting the coordinator to call back quickly, but overall, she was great!
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