How Much Does a Brooklyn Museum Wedding Cost?

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The Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the United States.

Located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, the museum is also a popular wedding venue in Brooklyn, owing to its contemporary and elegant space that features unique backdrops.

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How much does a Brooklyn Museum wedding cost?

To reserve a wedding at the Brooklyn Museum for a wedding event, the costs will include a $350 membership fee, a standard event usage fee of $5,000 for up to 250 guests for up to five hours and another $5,000 to $20,000+ in staff fees, depending on the wedding size.  The rental fees, including the membership fees, can easily start at $25,000, and the catering, which will be an additional fee, will greatly vary on your wedding size and menu choices.

The rental fees start at $25,000, according to

Reception hall location options

The Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby features an expansive glass pavilion that overlooks the public plaza.  It can accommodate up to 500 guests for a standing cocktail reception, 300 for a seated ceremony or 200 with a sit-down dinner with dancing.

The Beaux-Arts Court is 10,000 square feet and two stories high with a historic design yet contemporary amenities  It can accommodate up to 800 guests seated or 660 for a sit-down dinner with dancing.

What are the extra costs?

Before being allowed to use Brooklyn Museum for a wedding, the venue requires a museum membership upon submission of the rental application.

Load-ins and/or set-up on another day require an additional fee of $5,000.

Wedding events that last longer than five hours or run past midnight are charged an additional $2,000.

If expecting more than 250 guests at the event, an additional charge of $10 will be incurred per additional guest.

Tips to know:

Brooklyn Museum has an exclusive catering service, Great Performances, and an exclusive lighting designer, Eventlights, Inc. Special parking arrangements can also be made via GGMC Parking, the museum’s parking provider.  The museum, however, allows clients to bring in vendors for services they do not provide as long as they understand the guidelines set forth by the venue.

Couples who wish to get married in the museum will first need to submit an inquiry for facility rental and provide the contact and event information being asked for. Once the request is received, the museum’s special events representative will contact the client and schedule an in-person site visit, which is by appointment only and conducted during regular business hours.

Brooklyn Museum specifies that weddings can be held when the museum is closed to the public and when the place is not being used for exhibitions or public programs. It is also unable to rent spaces on Museum holidays, holiday weekends, or the first weekend of every month.

Be sure to book a date well in advance to have a better chance of securing the preferred date.

Up to three available spaces can be rented in succession; however, some areas have exhibits and artworks that may not be available for rental at the time requested.

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