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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles , CA
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LOCATION

900 Exhibition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90013 US (map)

PHONE

213-763-3221

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When was your venue built?
1913
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Eclectic, Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
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?
10500
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
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
First of all, the venue itself is fantastic. They close off entire first floor for you, 4-11, with no duplicate events on the same night. You can pay extra to keep the gem hall and/or creature habitat open, and to stay later. We got many, many comments about how awesome the venue was. The museum is truly beautiful.

They reserve the night for you, so you have first choice over a newcomer before officially paying. The museum has its own dedicated staff who will do their best to coordinate the night invisibly from behind the scenes, and dang do they do a good job. They will even make sure that the bride and groom do not see each other when they are coming out of the same door!

The museum's event coordinator, Melissa, was easy to get on the phone and answered all my questions timely.

My only problem was that Courtney, the wedding coordinator, was sometimes hard to reach. This could be due to the busy season, as she suddenly became available and responsive again. The day of it was also hard to track her down when something went wrong since her cell was off, but as she was obviously coordinating it's hard to fault her. The problem also got fixed fairly quickly.

There is no overnight storage due to the logistics of the museum.

The entire staff, especially Courtney, obviously love weddings and genuinely do their best to make sure that the night goes as smoothly as possible. They work hard and enthusiastically to make the day as stress free as possible and to give you the greatest flexibility in decoration and planning. You can consult them, visit the museum...they try to be as accommodating as possible.

The venue is full-service, also, which is a huge load off the mind, and comes with an included rehearsal.

We were very happy with our wedding here.
First of all, the venue itself is fantastic. They close off entire first floor for you, 4-11, with no duplicate events on Read more...
First of all, the venue itself is fantastic. They close off entire first floor for you, 4-11, with no duplicate events on the same night. You can pay extra to keep the gem hall and/or creature habitat open, and to stay later. We got many, many comments about how awesome the venue was. The museum is truly beautiful.

They reserve the night for you, so you have first choice over a newcomer before officially paying. The museum has its own dedicated staff who will do their best to coordinate the night invisibly from behind the scenes, and dang do they do a good job. They will even make sure that the bride and groom do not see each other when they are coming out of the same door!

The museum's event coordinator, Melissa, was easy to get on the phone and answered all my questions timely.

My only problem was that Courtney, the wedding coordinator, was sometimes hard to reach. This could be due to the busy season, as she suddenly became available and responsive again. The day of it was also hard to track her down when something went wrong since her cell was off, but as she was obviously coordinating it's hard to fault her. The problem also got fixed fairly quickly.

There is no overnight storage due to the logistics of the museum.

The entire staff, especially Courtney, obviously love weddings and genuinely do their best to make sure that the night goes as smoothly as possible. They work hard and enthusiastically to make the day as stress free as possible and to give you the greatest flexibility in decoration and planning. You can consult them, visit the museum...they try to be as accommodating as possible.

The venue is full-service, also, which is a huge load off the mind, and comes with an included rehearsal.

We were very happy with our wedding here. Read less
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The New Mrs. Goodman
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Unique, elegant, and lovely, my husband and I immediately fell in love with the idea of getting married at the Natural History Museum. My mom was horrified by the idea of such a non-traditional venue, but we pulled it off and had a gorgeous and traditional wedding, that happens to be in a unique venue. Courtney was a huge help during our 19 month engagement. All of our guests can't stop raving about how it was the most memorable, fun, and beautiful wedding they've been to. There are so many photo ops. By getting married there, we got to experience a year as a fellows member. We loved getting to experience the museum during it's pivotal expansion and renovation phase. Check out the NHMLA Events Blog for photos of weddings held at the museum.
Thanks, Courtney and NHMLA!
Unique, elegant, and lovely, my husband and I immediately fell in love with the idea of getting married at the Natural Read more...
Unique, elegant, and lovely, my husband and I immediately fell in love with the idea of getting married at the Natural History Museum. My mom was horrified by the idea of such a non-traditional venue, but we pulled it off and had a gorgeous and traditional wedding, that happens to be in a unique venue. Courtney was a huge help during our 19 month engagement. All of our guests can't stop raving about how it was the most memorable, fun, and beautiful wedding they've been to. There are so many photo ops. By getting married there, we got to experience a year as a fellows member. We loved getting to experience the museum during it's pivotal expansion and renovation phase. Check out the NHMLA Events Blog for photos of weddings held at the museum.
Thanks, Courtney and NHMLA! Read less
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jdoriand
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception at the museum and it was absolutely perfect. Our main contact at the museum was Courtney. She was an amazing person to work with - responsive, creative, unbelievably helpful, enthusiastic, professional, calm and fun! She worked wonderfully with me directly before we hired our wedding planner and continued that great relationship once our planner was involved. Courtney knows how to talk to brides, grooms, parents, planners and other vendors. She is calm in the face of a storm, provides excellent suggestions when asked for them and can help to provide solutions when there are problems and went out of her way to help us in pulling everything together.

The museum itself is amazing and has unlimited photo opportunities. And it just keeps getting better with all the new exhibits. As another reviewer mentioned, there are time restrictions. We were very nervous about the limited load in time for our ridiculous number of vendors. However, the staff at the museum is very experienced with this and it was not a problem in the least.

I know it isn't the least expensive place to hold your wedding, but there are so many other benefits that outweigh the pure costs. A portion of the fees are tax-deductible and you also get a membership to the museum which gives you access to invitations for a number of special events. There are venues in Los Angeles that are comparably priced that don't provide those benefits, nor could they accommodate the size of our group (240 people) and frankly - those other places don't provide dinosaurs as the backdrop for your ceremony.

We had an absolutely unforgettable wedding and reception - not just for ourselves, but for many of our guests. The setting of the museum was perfect and I wouldn't have wanted to do it anywhere else.
We had our ceremony and reception at the museum and it was absolutely perfect. Our main contact at the museum was Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception at the museum and it was absolutely perfect. Our main contact at the museum was Courtney. She was an amazing person to work with - responsive, creative, unbelievably helpful, enthusiastic, professional, calm and fun! She worked wonderfully with me directly before we hired our wedding planner and continued that great relationship once our planner was involved. Courtney knows how to talk to brides, grooms, parents, planners and other vendors. She is calm in the face of a storm, provides excellent suggestions when asked for them and can help to provide solutions when there are problems and went out of her way to help us in pulling everything together.

The museum itself is amazing and has unlimited photo opportunities. And it just keeps getting better with all the new exhibits. As another reviewer mentioned, there are time restrictions. We were very nervous about the limited load in time for our ridiculous number of vendors. However, the staff at the museum is very experienced with this and it was not a problem in the least.

I know it isn't the least expensive place to hold your wedding, but there are so many other benefits that outweigh the pure costs. A portion of the fees are tax-deductible and you also get a membership to the museum which gives you access to invitations for a number of special events. There are venues in Los Angeles that are comparably priced that don't provide those benefits, nor could they accommodate the size of our group (240 people) and frankly - those other places don't provide dinosaurs as the backdrop for your ceremony.

We had an absolutely unforgettable wedding and reception - not just for ourselves, but for many of our guests. The setting of the museum was perfect and I wouldn't have wanted to do it anywhere else. Read less
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purplegoober
Wedding:
3/20/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our cocktail hour in the Grand Foyer and dinner at the African Mammal Hall on 3/20/2010 (we did our ceremony in the Rose Garden outside the museum). This venue was the BEST PART of the whole wedding process. There isn't enough good things I can say about them. The event coordinators, Courtney and Melissa, are such dolls to work with! They were so responsive, creative and just plain fun! The museum was simply stunning! My husband and I are real science dorks so it seemed fitting to have our reception under a pair of dinosaurs. We loved the venue so much, we added dinosaurs into our wedding theme (as cake toppers, dino-eggs as place cards, and dinos on our invitations and programs). Our guests were BLOWN AWAY at the reception. It's just awesome to have the whole first floor of the museum to yourselves. However, my husband and I were allowed to go ANYWHERE in the museum... so we took really cool pics next to the exhibits. Absolutely awesome!

The only downside I can see is that it is the most expensive venue we looked at. The charge starts at $8k just to rent out the Grand Foyer. The venue providers tables and chairs, but that's it. You have to bring in your own caterer, DJ, decorator, etc.

Some details: You event must be between 6pm - 11pm (you can pay extra to stay longer but you cant rent any earlier than 6pm). They have tables and chairs enough for 300+ people. Your rental price includes one year membership to the museum (so you are invited to all these fancy member events throughout the year).

But it was definitely worth every penny. I just LOVED venue. What an experience!
We had our cocktail hour in the Grand Foyer and dinner at the African Mammal Hall on 3/20/2010 (we did our ceremony in the Read more...
We had our cocktail hour in the Grand Foyer and dinner at the African Mammal Hall on 3/20/2010 (we did our ceremony in the Rose Garden outside the museum). This venue was the BEST PART of the whole wedding process. There isn't enough good things I can say about them. The event coordinators, Courtney and Melissa, are such dolls to work with! They were so responsive, creative and just plain fun! The museum was simply stunning! My husband and I are real science dorks so it seemed fitting to have our reception under a pair of dinosaurs. We loved the venue so much, we added dinosaurs into our wedding theme (as cake toppers, dino-eggs as place cards, and dinos on our invitations and programs). Our guests were BLOWN AWAY at the reception. It's just awesome to have the whole first floor of the museum to yourselves. However, my husband and I were allowed to go ANYWHERE in the museum... so we took really cool pics next to the exhibits. Absolutely awesome!

The only downside I can see is that it is the most expensive venue we looked at. The charge starts at $8k just to rent out the Grand Foyer. The venue providers tables and chairs, but that's it. You have to bring in your own caterer, DJ, decorator, etc.

Some details: You event must be between 6pm - 11pm (you can pay extra to stay longer but you cant rent any earlier than 6pm). They have tables and chairs enough for 300+ people. Your rental price includes one year membership to the museum (so you are invited to all these fancy member events throughout the year).

But it was definitely worth every penny. I just LOVED venue. What an experience! Read less
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kso
Wedding:
2/14/2009
4.6/5.0
Held both my ceremony and reception at the museum. It was absolutely amazing and beautiful and I highly recommend it!!

The museum has tables and chairs available. All other rentals, catering, beverages must be provided with outside vendors. (I went with Weiler's Deli in Northridge, Ca who made it perfect)

The special events team at the museum, Courtney and Melissa, are fantastic and really great to work with! Both mammoth halls have beautiful detailing and are an amazing space for any special event. The foyer with the dinosaurs is a dramatic and wonderful space, particularly in the evenings with lighting. This is truly a unique venue with an amazing feel and ambiance which is made even better by the great people there who will go out of their way to make your event perfect.

The absolutely only drawback is that events must start after the museum closes to the public - so the earliest your event can start is 6pm. Our reception ended at 11pm and I did not want to leave.... =)
Held both my ceremony and reception at the museum. It was absolutely amazing and beautiful and I highly recommend it!! Read more...
Held both my ceremony and reception at the museum. It was absolutely amazing and beautiful and I highly recommend it!!

The museum has tables and chairs available. All other rentals, catering, beverages must be provided with outside vendors. (I went with Weiler's Deli in Northridge, Ca who made it perfect)

The special events team at the museum, Courtney and Melissa, are fantastic and really great to work with! Both mammoth halls have beautiful detailing and are an amazing space for any special event. The foyer with the dinosaurs is a dramatic and wonderful space, particularly in the evenings with lighting. This is truly a unique venue with an amazing feel and ambiance which is made even better by the great people there who will go out of their way to make your event perfect.

The absolutely only drawback is that events must start after the museum closes to the public - so the earliest your event can start is 6pm. Our reception ended at 11pm and I did not want to leave.... =) Read less
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