About Washington State History MuseumBold architecture, stunning views and a convenient downtown location make the Washington State History museum the perfect place to have your wedding. Located in historic downtown Tacoma, the museum offers grand indoor and outdoor spaces for both your ceremony and reception, private access to our current exhibitions, and beautiful views of the city skyline, Thea Foss waterway, and Mount Rainier. You are welcome to select a caterer from our preferred list or bring in a caterer of your choosing and your rental of the museum includes use of tables, chairs, and audio/visual equipment, pre-event planning assistance, an on-site event coordinator the day of your wedding.
Whether you choose to have a formal wedding or a more casual affair, the museum has beautiful, bold and unique spaces that can accommodate your ceremony, a formal dinner or cocktail hour, dancing, and more. Located at the Museum's main entrance, the Grand Lobby is the building's most open and accessible room. In the daylight, its bright airiness highlights the huge arches and beautiful balconies above, while nighttime lights from the Plaza and nearby Union Station add elegance and drama to any occassion, particularly wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours.
Located one floor above the Grand Lobby, the Ben B. Cheney Mezzanine provides a versatile space that is a popular space for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. The space provides beautiful views of the Grand Lobby, Union Station, and the Northwest Museum Store. With its rosewood paneling and bird's-eye view of the Great Hall of Washington History, the Mezzanine is perfect for almost any event, including receptions, seminars, luncheons, and plated or buffet dinners. Movable panels can make the area more secluded for private events or divide it for smaller workshops within a larger seminar. The Mezzanine also combines with the fifth floor Odlin Lobby and/or the Grand Lobby, adding even more versatility and elegance to a larger event.
The Boeing Amphitheater and Plaza offers an exceptional site for special out-of-doors events. Whether it is a wedding ceremony in the Amphitheater or an afternoon reception on the Plaza, this beautiful area is unique and spacious. Surrounded by classic red brick arches, the majestic view of the Cascade Mountains, and the Native Washington Plaza Garden, it is truly an impressive area in which to hold your wedding.
For a unique theater-style wedding, The Mount Tahoma Auditorium, which can seat 215 guests, has an enclosed projection booth, is disabled accessible, has a built-in stage area (entry left and right), and contains a built-in sound system with microphones and hearing assistance devices. The projection booth has audio/visual equipment available for renter use at no additional cost, other than the basic rental fee. The spacious auditorium lobby has its own outside entrance, as well as an inside entrance on the second floor. It is ideal for large wedding ceremonies.
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