The Washington DC area is home to many (many) museums, as we all know. It is what makes the capital region so awesome! But, have you thought about getting married at one of the incredible museums in the DC area? Maybe you have a favorite museum that is meaningful to your relationship! Well, next up in our wedding venue search in the DC area series this summer, we checked in with our favorite wedding planners and asked their opinions. If your client wanted to get married at a museum in the DC area, where would you tell them to check out? What are your favorite museums in the DC area that will allow a wedding? (Yes, your favorite museum might not be able to be rented out!) Take it away…


Photo Credit: The Observatory from Eliane + Greg’s wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts


“I love them all, but my absolute favorite museum – The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC – doesn’t offer weddings. I wish they did!” – from Margo, owner of Bright Occasions

“The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It is beautiful and a unique DC setting for a wedding.” – from Cindy at A. Dominick Events

Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. It is great for location, style and price. It works well for a good headcount. The wedding ceremony and reception can both easily be there and it has great opportunities for pictures both outside and in.” – from Laura, at Events in the City

The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. It is just simply stunning with nothing close to it in DC!” – from Amanda at Engaging Affairs

A few votes for NMWA…

National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. The museum’s relatively neutral color scheme makes it a blank canvas to work with when designing decor. It has a stately, elegant feel and guests can enjoy perusing the galleries during the event should they wish.” – from Teresa at Rex & Regina Events

National Museum of Women in the Arts. There are very few places in the city that you dine with Frida!” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity

National Museum of Women in the Arts. It is a beautiful space that isn’t too massive .”– Laura, owner of Engaging Affairs

National Museum of Women in the Arts. The combined grandeur and versatility of the space are unparalleled.” – from Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

And two for the Newseum…

The Newseum in Washington, DC. Their skyline views of DC and the Capitol Building are the best! And catering by Wolfgang Puck makes for a super culinary experience.” – Courtney, owner of A Sweet Soiree

The Newseum. The view, the terrace, the contemporary space, and delicious food from Wolfgang Puck Catering all make this a great venue.” – Vicky, owner of Event Accomplished


Baltimore Museum of Industry Even though it is a very cold and industrial place, I have done of my prettiest weddings there. It’s a challenge to soften the space and make it beautiful but it’s so worth it!” – Diana, owner of eventi planning & design

“Baltimore is the city for awesome museum venues! Baltimore Museum of Industry, The Walters Art Museum, B&O Railroad Museum, and, of course, American Visionary Art Museum!”  – from Rebecca at Blue Canary Events

“My favorite museum by far is the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. I adore its weird and quirky barn and first floor space for the ceremony. On the third floor you have a huge blank canvas with exposed brick and a somewhat industrial/loft-life vibe so your reception can have any design or decor you want.” – from Janice, owner of Bellwether Events


George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. This location has so many unique places inside to host ceremonies and receptions; the staff is phenomenal; you can be very creative in the space for decor setup; it is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria providing your guests with history and provides easy access to the City and other areas within the metropolitan area.” – Tara, owner of Perfect Planning


Thank you so much to all of the wedding planners who helped out with this post! Be sure to visit their websites if you are looking for a planner in the DC area to help you find the right venue! And, don’t forget to stay with me all summer long for our DC area wedding venue search series. In the meantime, you can browse our comprehensive list of all of the wedding venues in the Washington DC area.

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