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Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey , CA
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LOCATION

559 Pacific Street, 720 Via Mirada
Monterey, CA US 93940 (map)

PHONE

831-372-3689

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

History
Nestled on a scenic bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada is a unique location for your event.

What began as a modest adobe... Read more
History
Nestled on a scenic bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada is a unique location for your event.

What began as a modest adobe dwelling during the Mexican era grew to a lavish estate during the early twentieth century. Here, La Mirada’s owner, Hollywood screenwriter Gouverneur Morris entertained the luminaries of the silent screen, including Charlie Chaplin and Rudolf Valentino.

From the 1930s until the 1980s La Mirada was owned by the Work family who developed the property into one of the areas most beautiful private estates. In 1983, La Mirada was donated to the Monterey Museum of Art and modern galleries—the Dart Wing—were added in 1993.
Setting
Today, guests enter the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada through a small courtyard embellished with historic European tiles and tropical foliage. A colorful fountain beckons guests to the Rose Garden, a beautiful and memorable location for a wedding. A well-designed brick path leads the bride from the bridal suite to the ceremony site, meandering through an array of more than 125 species of modern and heirloom roses. The incredible view of Lagonita El Estero and a glimpse of Monterey Bay complete this unforgettable setting.

Hold your reception in the Drawing Room and adjacent Patio and you enter a glamorous scene of historic elegance. Decorating this magnificent space are a seventeenth-century Chinese screen, crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors, a grand piano and intriguing objects d’art inviting you to celebrate in the lap of luxury.

For a modern addition to your day, guests can enjoy cocktail hour in the Courtyard Gallery which leads to the Museum’s exhibition galleries. The bride and groom can pose for photos in the estate’s original living quarters, still adorned with its original extravagant furnishings.

Whether you are looking for a modern or a historically romantic setting, the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada offers everything you might desire for your celebration of a lifetime. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1836
Describe your venue:
Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
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?
1200
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Mandi
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Charity and the staff at La Mirada with my clients was wonderful. As a planner, it is always helpful when the onsite coordinator works with you to ensure the flow of the event. Charity is very professional and knowledgeable about her venue and I see her joy for weddings in every aspect. It was a beautiful venue and sparkling event, thank you for everything and I look forward to the next client that chooses to host their wedding there.
Working with Charity and the staff at La Mirada with my clients was wonderful. As a planner, it is always helpful when the Read more...
Working with Charity and the staff at La Mirada with my clients was wonderful. As a planner, it is always helpful when the onsite coordinator works with you to ensure the flow of the event. Charity is very professional and knowledgeable about her venue and I see her joy for weddings in every aspect. It was a beautiful venue and sparkling event, thank you for everything and I look forward to the next client that chooses to host their wedding there. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely perfect location!!! Mel was fantastic, exactly what you need in someone helping your wedding day go smoothly. She knew us and how we wanted our day to go. I would recommend this location to anyone looking for a gorgeous location to get married in Monterey.
Absolutely perfect location!!! Mel was fantastic, exactly what you need in someone helping your wedding day go smoothly. Read more...
Absolutely perfect location!!! Mel was fantastic, exactly what you need in someone helping your wedding day go smoothly. She knew us and how we wanted our day to go. I would recommend this location to anyone looking for a gorgeous location to get married in Monterey. Read less
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Roslyn
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
The Monterey Museum is a lovely historical building with lots of charm, character and incredible art in the mission California style. The gardens and outdoor spaces were perfect for group mingling for our small intimate wedding. The ceremony was in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room and dancing on the patio. Mel, the wedding coordinator, was very warm and friendly and flexible and easy to work with.

I also highly recommend Sandra Ivany Photography and her assistant as photographers and Paradise Catering for local sustainable produce which they grow on their property- basically home cooking.

It really was a lovely and relaxing afternoon / evening - in which we could really be present and enjoy our guests and close family.
The Monterey Museum is a lovely historical building with lots of charm, character and incredible art in the mission Read more...
The Monterey Museum is a lovely historical building with lots of charm, character and incredible art in the mission California style. The gardens and outdoor spaces were perfect for group mingling for our small intimate wedding. The ceremony was in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room and dancing on the patio. Mel, the wedding coordinator, was very warm and friendly and flexible and easy to work with.

I also highly recommend Sandra Ivany Photography and her assistant as photographers and Paradise Catering for local sustainable produce which they grow on their property- basically home cooking.

It really was a lovely and relaxing afternoon / evening - in which we could really be present and enjoy our guests and close family. Read less
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Elon
Wedding:
10/16/2011
4.6/5.0
Monterey Museum of Art - La Mirada is a beautiful venue and an ideal location for smaller weddings. The Rose Garden makes a gorgeous ceremony spot, and variety of other rooms make for a unique reception venue. The staff was also a pleasure to work with.
Monterey Museum of Art - La Mirada is a beautiful venue and an ideal location for smaller weddings. The Rose Garden makes Read more...
Monterey Museum of Art - La Mirada is a beautiful venue and an ideal location for smaller weddings. The Rose Garden makes a gorgeous ceremony spot, and variety of other rooms make for a unique reception venue. The staff was also a pleasure to work with. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had to plan our wedding from cross country without even having family who live in Monterey to help out. Barbara Codd was so helpful though that it didn't seem to make any difference. She was patient and laid back, qualities you would think any event planner would have, although few seem to. The evening went perfectly, and the museum was absolutely beautiful. Since then, we've had multiple friends getting married in other museums as our wedding at the Monterey Museum of Art was such a success.
My husband and I had to plan our wedding from cross country without even having family who live in Monterey to help out. Read more...
My husband and I had to plan our wedding from cross country without even having family who live in Monterey to help out. Barbara Codd was so helpful though that it didn't seem to make any difference. She was patient and laid back, qualities you would think any event planner would have, although few seem to. The evening went perfectly, and the museum was absolutely beautiful. Since then, we've had multiple friends getting married in other museums as our wedding at the Monterey Museum of Art was such a success. Read less
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jhenig77
Wedding:
7/22/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the La Mirada in July 2011. It was a beautiful venue and wedding, and the staff at the La Mirada were so helpful--especially Mel. The site is great. No Saturdays were available, so we got married on a Friday night--which was unique and really cool. Mel oversaw our rehrearsal, and we got a ton of compliments about the venue, Mel and the wedding overall. I can't speak highly enough about this site--it is elegant, classic and unique. LOVED IT!!!
We had our wedding at the La Mirada in July 2011. It was a beautiful venue and wedding, and the staff at the La Mirada Read more...
We had our wedding at the La Mirada in July 2011. It was a beautiful venue and wedding, and the staff at the La Mirada were so helpful--especially Mel. The site is great. No Saturdays were available, so we got married on a Friday night--which was unique and really cool. Mel oversaw our rehrearsal, and we got a ton of compliments about the venue, Mel and the wedding overall. I can't speak highly enough about this site--it is elegant, classic and unique. LOVED IT!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.6/5.0
Just got married at La Mirada, and don't get me wrong the place is beautiful but the event coordinator is absolutely the worst! Thank goodness for our caterers who seemed to know the place better than the coordinator and were way more helpful, even with things they didn't need to be doing. The coordinator is completely unorganized, says she is going to do something and then never does. I ended up doing 99% of the emailing and coordinating. I am so disappointed with the coordinator because she kept telling me everything would be fine and then she didn't do anything! She has an attitude and isn't very accommodating. as we were being kicked out at 9:55, told by a security officer that the gate closes automatically at 10, she sat on her ass while, I, in my wedding dress, lugged cases of wine and other wedding stuff to the car. All of our things got mixed up because they were rushing us out of there so quickly. Also, throughout the night I had to request that she turn the music up (we had an ipod) because it could'nt be heard at all, and then when a friend of mine was giving a speech, they turned it way up and drowned her out! How incredibly rude!! I know they aren't going to get repeat customers, because whose going to get married again, but they really need to have way better customer service becuse word-of-mouth and the internet will not be friendly to them if they continue operating like they do. Overall, I am incredibly dissapointed in the event coordinator, who by the way is a true salesman in the begining, before you've given your deposit, then she turns into the nastiest, most inefficient, disorganized and unaccountable "event coordinator" ever. If i have to give anyone looking to get married here some advice, I'd say, if you really can't pass up this beautiful place, hire your own coordinator or move on!
Just got married at La Mirada, and don't get me wrong the place is beautiful but the event coordinator is absolutely the Read more...
Just got married at La Mirada, and don't get me wrong the place is beautiful but the event coordinator is absolutely the worst! Thank goodness for our caterers who seemed to know the place better than the coordinator and were way more helpful, even with things they didn't need to be doing. The coordinator is completely unorganized, says she is going to do something and then never does. I ended up doing 99% of the emailing and coordinating. I am so disappointed with the coordinator because she kept telling me everything would be fine and then she didn't do anything! She has an attitude and isn't very accommodating. as we were being kicked out at 9:55, told by a security officer that the gate closes automatically at 10, she sat on her ass while, I, in my wedding dress, lugged cases of wine and other wedding stuff to the car. All of our things got mixed up because they were rushing us out of there so quickly. Also, throughout the night I had to request that she turn the music up (we had an ipod) because it could'nt be heard at all, and then when a friend of mine was giving a speech, they turned it way up and drowned her out! How incredibly rude!! I know they aren't going to get repeat customers, because whose going to get married again, but they really need to have way better customer service becuse word-of-mouth and the internet will not be friendly to them if they continue operating like they do. Overall, I am incredibly dissapointed in the event coordinator, who by the way is a true salesman in the begining, before you've given your deposit, then she turns into the nastiest, most inefficient, disorganized and unaccountable "event coordinator" ever. If i have to give anyone looking to get married here some advice, I'd say, if you really can't pass up this beautiful place, hire your own coordinator or move on! Read less
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Claudia
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I fell in love with the Rose Garden at La Mirada the second I saw it! We held our wedding ceremony there before they changed their policy. Apparently, now they only book weddings if both the ceremony and reception will take place there.
I was very grateful that they honored our contract.
Both Barabara and Mel did a fantastic job of organizing everything and of putting me at ease. I really didn't worry about a thing because I knew they had it handled.
I loved our ceremony and it was just beautiful!
I fell in love with the Rose Garden at La Mirada the second I saw it! We held our wedding ceremony there before they Read more...
I fell in love with the Rose Garden at La Mirada the second I saw it! We held our wedding ceremony there before they changed their policy. Apparently, now they only book weddings if both the ceremony and reception will take place there.
I was very grateful that they honored our contract.
Both Barabara and Mel did a fantastic job of organizing everything and of putting me at ease. I really didn't worry about a thing because I knew they had it handled.
I loved our ceremony and it was just beautiful! Read less
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Monterey Museum of Art responded with the following comments:

We do allow only receptions at La Mirada if a client wants to get married off site and have their reception at La Mirada. However, many couples choose to do both their ceremony and reception at our site because of the beautiful Rose Garden and the unique wedding venue.
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Liz
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.2/5.0
They were great to work with although not always good about responding to emails. But in the month before the wedding, everthing came together and they made sure the day ran smoothly.
They were great to work with although not always good about responding to emails. But in the month before the wedding, Read more...
They were great to work with although not always good about responding to emails. But in the month before the wedding, everthing came together and they made sure the day ran smoothly. Read less
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Matielena
Wedding:
9/18/2010
4.8/5.0
La Mirada was the absolute perfect venue for our wedding & reception. The look & feel of the place is so serene & romantic the moment we first saw it there was no way we were going to pass up an opportunity to have our big day there. The event coordinator Barbara & her assistnat Mel are so completely helpful, they honestly were a huge part of why our wedding day ran so smoothly. Our guests loved everything about the venue & my sister even said that when she renews her vows she just might have to do it there. La Mirada really is a fantastic place for a wedding.
La Mirada was the absolute perfect venue for our wedding & reception. The look & feel of the place is so serene & romantic Read more...
La Mirada was the absolute perfect venue for our wedding & reception. The look & feel of the place is so serene & romantic the moment we first saw it there was no way we were going to pass up an opportunity to have our big day there. The event coordinator Barbara & her assistnat Mel are so completely helpful, they honestly were a huge part of why our wedding day ran so smoothly. Our guests loved everything about the venue & my sister even said that when she renews her vows she just might have to do it there. La Mirada really is a fantastic place for a wedding. Read less
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ehickman
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Great venue. Would recommend it to anyone. They gave us a very long time and it was beautiful.
Great venue. Would recommend it to anyone. They gave us a very long time and it was beautiful.
Great venue. Would recommend it to anyone. They gave us a very long time and it was beautiful. Read less
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montereywedding
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.2/5.0
A beautiful venue, especially in June when the roses are in bloom. They are a little picky about some things (red wine, chocolate sauce, candles, etc) but that is to be expected in a museum setting. Overall, a great experience -- I'd recommend it to anyone.
A beautiful venue, especially in June when the roses are in bloom. They are a little picky about some things (red wine, Read more...
A beautiful venue, especially in June when the roses are in bloom. They are a little picky about some things (red wine, chocolate sauce, candles, etc) but that is to be expected in a museum setting. Overall, a great experience -- I'd recommend it to anyone. Read less
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k_ortiz
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We had the most wonderful experience working with everyone at La Mirada. From the first meeting, we felt very comfortable with everything and everyone. We were able to come over multiple times to view the space, Barbara would show up early on days the museum was closed to accomodate us etc.

The day of was fantastic. Barbara and Maryann were there and making sure everything was going smoothly. When we had an issue with our computer playing music, a museum volunteer brought me to her car to try and find some cd's that could play on the museum's system. Everyone was so accomodating, relaxed and professional. We got so many complements on our venue too, honestly, I could not have asked for a better experience!
We had the most wonderful experience working with everyone at La Mirada. From the first meeting, we felt very comfortable Read more...
We had the most wonderful experience working with everyone at La Mirada. From the first meeting, we felt very comfortable with everything and everyone. We were able to come over multiple times to view the space, Barbara would show up early on days the museum was closed to accomodate us etc.

The day of was fantastic. Barbara and Maryann were there and making sure everything was going smoothly. When we had an issue with our computer playing music, a museum volunteer brought me to her car to try and find some cd's that could play on the museum's system. Everyone was so accomodating, relaxed and professional. We got so many complements on our venue too, honestly, I could not have asked for a better experience! Read less
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gmorris
Wedding:
3/6/2010
4.8/5.0
As soon as I saw the Monterey Museum of Art, I knew it was the place for our wedding. It was so unique and gorgeous! It had everything from a modern art gallery to a classical dining room to beautiful gardens.

We decided to utilize the museum for our reception. We had cocktail hour in the courtyard gallery, dinner in the drawing room, and dancing on the patio. I was nervous about dancing on the patio since it is outside, I thought it may be cold. However, the museum has 3 heat lamps that worked perfectly! The outdoor dancing was actually ideal because our guest danced all night long without getting too hot and sweaty. It was ideal and made me wish all dancing was outdoors.

The museum was very flexible to work with. We had a plan B for rain, and they allowed us to make last minute changes. The responsiveness was the only thing that could have been a little better, but even that wasn't too bad at all.

Overall, I would highly recommend Monterey Museum of Art for your wedding.
As soon as I saw the Monterey Museum of Art, I knew it was the place for our wedding. It was so unique and gorgeous! It Read more...
As soon as I saw the Monterey Museum of Art, I knew it was the place for our wedding. It was so unique and gorgeous! It had everything from a modern art gallery to a classical dining room to beautiful gardens.

We decided to utilize the museum for our reception. We had cocktail hour in the courtyard gallery, dinner in the drawing room, and dancing on the patio. I was nervous about dancing on the patio since it is outside, I thought it may be cold. However, the museum has 3 heat lamps that worked perfectly! The outdoor dancing was actually ideal because our guest danced all night long without getting too hot and sweaty. It was ideal and made me wish all dancing was outdoors.

The museum was very flexible to work with. We had a plan B for rain, and they allowed us to make last minute changes. The responsiveness was the only thing that could have been a little better, but even that wasn't too bad at all.

Overall, I would highly recommend Monterey Museum of Art for your wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
This venue is one of a kind. We had a small wedding (65 guests) and it was a perfect fit, not overwhelming for a small group. We had our ceremony in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room and cocktails and music on the patio. The patio looked stunning with very dramatic lighting and gorgeous sculpture. The museum is quite a value and needs minimal decor. We didn't have to add any flowers to the rose garden for the ceremony.
This venue is one of a kind. We had a small wedding (65 guests) and it was a perfect fit, not overwhelming for a small Read more...
This venue is one of a kind. We had a small wedding (65 guests) and it was a perfect fit, not overwhelming for a small group. We had our ceremony in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room and cocktails and music on the patio. The patio looked stunning with very dramatic lighting and gorgeous sculpture. The museum is quite a value and needs minimal decor. We didn't have to add any flowers to the rose garden for the ceremony. Read less
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pandaundercover
Wedding:
10/18/2008
4.8/5.0
I loved this museum the instant I walked into it. It was a great place for my wedding. They had several choices of areas to rent out for the ceremony and/or reception. It's beautiful and I'd recommend it to anyone near Monterey who wants to marry in somewhere non-traditional, but that has character and an old-fashion feel.
I loved this museum the instant I walked into it. It was a great place for my wedding. They had several choices of areas Read more...
I loved this museum the instant I walked into it. It was a great place for my wedding. They had several choices of areas to rent out for the ceremony and/or reception. It's beautiful and I'd recommend it to anyone near Monterey who wants to marry in somewhere non-traditional, but that has character and an old-fashion feel. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
The museum is a beautiful, unique, and surprisingly affordable venue! Barbara and Sue are super helpful every step of the way. Our ceremony was in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room, and dancing in the gallery entrance, but we did use pretty much the entire property for different odds and ends. The building itself is a former private residence from early Califronia to the Art Deco period, and most of the rooms still maintain that cool art deco decor and vibe. I HIGHLY recommend La Mirada!
The museum is a beautiful, unique, and surprisingly affordable venue! Barbara and Sue are super helpful every step of the Read more...
The museum is a beautiful, unique, and surprisingly affordable venue! Barbara and Sue are super helpful every step of the way. Our ceremony was in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room, and dancing in the gallery entrance, but we did use pretty much the entire property for different odds and ends. The building itself is a former private residence from early Califronia to the Art Deco period, and most of the rooms still maintain that cool art deco decor and vibe. I HIGHLY recommend La Mirada! Read less
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Almostmrsjenner
Wedding:
10/4/2008
4.9/5.0
The museum is a beautiful, unique, and surprisingly affordable venue! Barbara and Sue are super helpful every step of the way. Our ceremony was in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room, and dancing in the gallery entrance, but we did use pretty much the entire property for different odds and ends. The building itself is a former private residence from early Califronia to the Art Deco period, and most of the rooms still maintain that cool art deco decor and vibe. I HIGHLY recommend La Mirada!
The museum is a beautiful, unique, and surprisingly affordable venue! Barbara and Sue are super helpful every step of the Read more...
The museum is a beautiful, unique, and surprisingly affordable venue! Barbara and Sue are super helpful every step of the way. Our ceremony was in the rose garden, dinner in the drawing room, and dancing in the gallery entrance, but we did use pretty much the entire property for different odds and ends. The building itself is a former private residence from early Califronia to the Art Deco period, and most of the rooms still maintain that cool art deco decor and vibe. I HIGHLY recommend La Mirada! Read less
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