Natural History Museum of Utah Wedding Info & Cost

October 28, 2019

For the couple searching for a unique and cultural wedding venue, look no further. The Natural History Museum of Utah allows guests the chance to explore the current museum exhibits during the reception and offers a wide variety of locations within the space for full customization. The cherry on top? The beautiful views, dedicated staff and extensive preferred vendor list.

The Natural History Museum of Utah’s breathtaking views and dramatic architecture provide a uniquely elegant and cultural wedding experience.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, The Natural History Museum of Utah is a long-standing staple in education, exhibitions, collections stewardship and community service and hosts over 1.6 million priceless objects inside.

Natural History Museum of Utah Wedding Info

The Natural History Museum of Utah hosts weddings year round and offers both indoor and outdoor venues.

Wedding Ceremony Sites and Capacities

The full museum rental includes exclusive evening access to the entire public space of the Rio Tinto Center. The full museum can accommodate 1,500 guests for a standing reception or 340 for a seated dinner.

The Canyon and Canyon Terrace are the most commonly used event space in the museum and offer guests sweeping views of Salt Lake Valley. The Canyon and Canyon Terrace can accommodate 400 guests for a standing reception or 340 for a seated dinner

Level 5 Sky and Native Voices Galleries offer more intimate gathering areas for small ceremonies and receptions. Level 5 Event Spaces can accommodate 60 guests for a ceremony, 120 guests for a standing reception and 80 guests for a seated dinner.

The Land Terrace offers a scenic, outdoor ceremony space nestled between the Foothills and framed by the Rio Tinto Center Copper. The Land Terrace can accommodate 120 guests for a seated ceremony.

Native Voices Terrace provides an intimate outdoor ceremony space with a backdrop of the Foothills. Native Voices Terrace can accommodate 60 guests for a seated ceremony.

Location

The Natural History Museum of Utah is located 15 minutes outside of downtown Salt Lake City less than half an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Weddings per Day

The Natural History Museum of Utah hosts one wedding per day.

Time and Noise Restrictions

Evening events may start as early as 6:30 p.m. with set-up starting at 5:00 p.m. All events must end by 11 p.m.

Accessibility

All Museum entrances are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and all areas of the Museum are accessible by elevator.

Pet Policy

No pets are allowed at the museum.

Nearby Attractions

Red Butte Garden and This Is The Place Heritage Park are two popular nearby attractions guests are encouraged to explore. Wedding guests also receive access to two floors of the museum itself to enjoy during cocktail hour.

Natural History Museum of Utah Wedding Cost

Please contact the venue for a customized wedding quote. Ceremonies typically range from $1,000-$2,000. Receptions typically range from $4,00-$11,500 for a 4.5 hour event period from 6:30-11pm.

Rehearsal dinners rental fee ranges from $3,000 – $5,000, not including catering.

Couples can select from a variety of floor plans and customized quotes that best suit the needs of their celebration.

Wedding Catering and Lodging 

The Natural History Museum of Utah provides an extensive list of preferred vendors, guaranteeing a successful celebration.

Catering Options

The Natural History Museum of Utah requires all food, beverage and bartending for weddings be handled through their preferred vendors.

If couples wish to hire someone not on the preferred vendor list, there is a fee of $2,500.

Wedding cakes are the exception, and couples may hire their vendor of choice.

Lodging (On-site or Nearby)

Lodging is available nearby at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park or the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

The Marriott offers block rates for wedding guests, and the Hilton gives 15% off.

Booking Bonuses

Guests receive access to two floors of the museum (includes four separate galleries).

A variety of tables (banquet, cocktail and round) are included with space rental. A riser, podium and microphone are also available.

Museum staff with setup and breakdown all museum equipment used for the event.

Complimentary guest parking is included.

In-house Wedding Planner and Day-of Coordinator

The Natural History Museum of Utah asks that couples hire their own wedding planner.

Natural History Museum of Utah Contact Info

Please reach out to the Natural History Museum of Utah with any additional questions or to book your wedding!

Wedding Contact

Mickell Smith at 801-585-9538 or msmith@nhmu.utah.edu.

Physical Address

Natural History Museum of Utah

301 Wakara Way

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

The Natural History Museum of Utah Website

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