North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a historic wedding venue located in downtown Raleigh. They pride themselves on being the largest natural history museum in the Southeast, welcoming over one million visitors annually. Your guests will experience a dramatic two-story waterfall, a beautiful mountain cove, live animals, whale skeletons and amazing dinosaurs at this one-of-a-kind venue. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences allows you to support important exhibits, research and educational programs as you host your wedding at their unique location.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 2,250 guests at this spacious venue. They offer four floors on their Nature Exploration Center and four floors on their Nature Research Center for both intimate ceremonies and grand receptions. Their second floor Featured Exhibition Gallery in their main building is a lofty space that can accommodate up to 625 guests. Your loved ones will enjoy the Mountains to the Sea exhibit as you dance the night away. On the fourth floor of the Nature Research Center, you can rent out the spacious William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center. This expansive space is perfect for lavish affairs. It features custom-made reclaimed wood, three projectors and a catering kitchen. It can easily be divided for smaller weddings, and boasts an outdoor rooftop terrace.
This modern museum will assist you with setup and cleanup for your event. They offer a variety of event rentals, such as tables and chairs, to ensure your celebration is stress-free. Wireless Internet is available throughout their venue, along with plenty of complimentary parking for your friends and family. Couples can also elect to have museum educators interact with their guests and help them explore natural objects, specimens and other materials. Additional services include:
- In-house caterer
- Audiovisual equipment
- Wheelchair accessible
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences works exclusively with Rocky Top Catering to create a delicious menu for you and your guests. Their goal is for their food to reflect your tastes, themes and any cultural influences you may have. Couples can choose hors d’oeuvres, action stations, a buffet or a plated meal. They also offer scrumptious desserts, dips and displays. Sample buffet items include:
- Mediterranean Chicken
- Roasted Cuban Pork Loin
- Sliced Bistro Steak
- Shrimp and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese
- Atlantic Salmon
For more information you can access the Rental Application HERE and a Rental Events representative will contacting you right away.