Asian Art Museum
We are so blessed to have our wedding at the most amazingly beautiful wedding venue in SF! BEFORE we even booked the museum, Minda, their events coordinator, provided exceptional service. She quickly responded to my thousands of questions and provided us with countless tours of the venue to help us finalize our decision. She also helped us select wedding vendors that have experience working in the museum. Without a doubt, Minda contributed to the success of our wedding and keeping me sane during the crazy wedding planning months.
As for the venue itself, the museum is a gorgeous space and also a very unique venue compared to other Bay Area locales. We had the cocktail hour at the loggia where the staircase and intricately designed ceiling make it quite a spectacular space to drink it up with your guests. Also our guests were able to enjoy the museum galleries. The dinner was served in Samsung Hall, where the tall ceilings and beautiful windows make the space feel incredibly grand.
This venue does come with a hefty price tag, but if you have been doing research with SF venues, their rental fee is actually competitively priced as compared to Flood Mansion and Bentley Reserve. Also you can think of the rental fee as a sizable donation to support the arts and culture of San Francisco.
The museum contains priceless artwork so there are a lot rules vendors need to deal with. An experienced wedding coordinator handled all those vendor rules for us, and we weren't stressed about it at all during the wedding day. We LOVE LOVE the museum and we are so happy that we could have our wedding in one of the most beautiful museums in SF (or even the...
My fiance and I are having our wedding ceremony and banquet here and we cannot wait!
Pros: Visually stunning venue, inside as well as out. Easily accessible location within San Francisco (across from City Hall). Availability of parking.
Cons: Rental price. Homeless people around the neighborhood (around Civic Center/City Hall), but my fiance and I haven't noticed them immediately around the museum and we've visited both in the day and at night a few times. Entry into museum on day of wedding not allowed until after museum closes to its visitors at 5:15pm.
There are four event spaces in the museum - Samsung Hall, the Loggia, and the North and the South Court - that may be rented in various combinations. Samsung Hall and the Loggia have very grandiose looks, from the floor to the grand staircase to the quotes of wisdom etched on the top of the walls in the Loggia, large windows in the hall and the intricate and high ceilings in both spaces. The North and the South Court have a more modern feel.
My fiance and I are choosing to have both our wedding ceremony and banquet within Samsung Hall and cocktails in the Loggia.
We fell in love with this venue as soon as we stepped into Samsung Hall and after we were already put into a quiet awe as we looked at the ceiling of the Loggia while walking up the steps that lead to the hall. We both stood at the center of the room and began picturing our wedding ceremony almost immediately.
Rental price caused us to continue our venue search but after numerous other venue visits, decided to increase the wedding budget to book the venue that made us fall in love with it.
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I think it is the grandest building in the city: gorgeous
and full of elegance.
The stunning transformation from book repository to museum was masterminded by Italian architect Gae Aulenti, who is perhaps best known for taking a defunct train station in Paris and turning it into the award-winning Musée D’Orsay.
Through the central archway leading off the lobby, guests encounter the opulent Grand Staircase and Loggia, which still retain an early 1900s elegance. Three flights of gently ascending travertine marble steps lead up to the Loggia, an airy arcade that overlooks the staircase and has a decorative barrel-vaulted ceiling. The glass cases that line its walls display an array of distinctive Asian ceramics, and remind us that this is indeed a museum. Some couples have married on the stairs, which look amazing when decorated with candles and flowers; with this setup, wedding attendees observe the ceremony from the Loggia above, as if gazing upon royalty. Once the service concludes, cocktails, passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served in the Loggia, where tall tables, candles and special linens personalize the space. During this time, your guests can explore the art galleries situated on either side of the Hall, where a world-class collection of works from China, Japan and Korea awaits.
For an elegant sit-down dinner and dancing, the adjacent Samsung Hall is equally classy. Vast and square-shaped, it continues the visual theme of columns and plenty of marble, but also boasts enormous glass-filled arches crisscrossed with intricate metalwork on three of its four walls. A huge bronze chandelier illuminates the festivities from high above. When you add linen-clad tables, mood lighting and the dulcet sounds of a string quartet, the hall feels positively palatial.
If you prefer a contemporary setting, the museum has a pair of almost identical courts on the lower level that are connected by two open hallways. Known as the North and South Courts, they were completely remodeled during the museum construction, and present a striking contrast to the historic sections of the facility. Their thoroughly modern and minimalist design features clean lines, a marble floor, and an angular ceiling of skylights nearly three stories above. Because of their considerable size, the Courts lend themselves to a wide range of event options: wedding ceremonies, sit-down dinners, buffets with food stations, and cocktail parties. You can even create a lounge atmosphere by bringing in a bar, conversational groupings of couches, and tables and chairs.
Before the festivities begin, brides who want a secluded spot in which to get ready or relax can utilize the lovely Peterson Room on the first floor. A lavish private room, it has Oriental rugs and Asian-inspired décor that’s very Zen.
There are many advantages to planning an event at the Asian Art Museum, but the main one is this: No matter where you hold your celebration, you’re surrounded by beauty. The building has so much style and history (not to mention its world-renowned art collection) that you don’t have to add much to make your celebration dazzling.
•The Asian Art Museum is available for private celebrations after public hours. The standard event timeframe is from 5:15pm to 1:00am, which includes vendor setup, the event, and vendor load-out.
Plan to start your event after 6:30pm to allow ample time for setup. Bar service & music must stop by 11:30pm at the latest, to allow ample time for load-out by 1:00am. You may purchase one additional hour to end load-out by 2:00am. Actual event times will vary depending on the extent of setup, which should be discussed in advance with your caterers, band, lighting, and other vendors.
- For events with extensive production, setup before 5:15pm in Samsung Hall only can be requested upto one month before the event date. The museum often holds public lectures and programs in Samsung Hall, so availability of the room varies. Please contact the Facility Rentals Department to check availability, pricing, and details.
Reserving a Date:
•To check the availability of your preferred date, please contact he Facility Rentals Department at 415-581-3777 or email@example.com. You can place a no-obligations tentative hold on up to two available dates. Holds can be renewed every three weeks for a maximum of three months, after which they are cancelled. When you are ready to confirm your wedding, the Facility Rentals Department will send you an agreement. The non-refundable deposit and signed agreement must be sent back within 15 days to confirm your wedding.
•If you are planning your wedding ceremony at the museum, you can request a rehearsal timeslot during public hours from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Upto 20 people including your event coordinator and staff are permitted. As the museum is open to the public during this time, exits, doors and stairways cannot be blocked during rehearsals. Please be respectful of museum visitors. Music and singing are not permitted during public hours. There is no additional fee for rehearsals during public hours. A cancellation fee of $100 will apply to rehearsals cancelled or rescheduled less than 15 days before the allocated date.
•If your rehearsal group is 21 to 40 bridal party members and coordinator staff, you must plan to have a private rehearsal after public hours. Private rehearsals can be held from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. A separate fee of $500 is charged. CD players, musicians, and singing are permitted for private rehearsals. If you wish to use the museum’s sound system, an additional charge is applicable for labor and equipment.