Do you and your partner love nothing more than wandering around a museum? Why not consider a museum wedding venue? They’re interesting buildings with lots of space, making them the perfect place to host a wedding – you and your guests might even get a free tour of the exhibits included!
We’ve also rounded up the best library wedding venues if that’s more your thing…
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
This beautiful Bristol wedding venue will provide a stunning setting for your big day – it boasts sweeping staircases, glass vaulted ceilings and romantic balconies for perfect picture opportunities. You can exclusively hire the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in the evenings and host your own private viewings of the art – this is the dream wedding destination for arty couples!
The Silk Mill Museum, Derbyshire
If you’re looking for an industrial chic wedding venue, take a closer look at the Silk Mill Museum. The building stands on the site of the world’s first factory and was visited by Benjamin Franklin, the American president, in 1771. It has beautiful riverside views and is ideal for couples looking for a historical wedding venue.
Brooklands Museum, Surrey
This unusual wedding venue in the heart of the Surrey countryside has something for everyone. The Brooklands Museum offers you the totally unique chance to marry on board Concorde, followed by champagne underneath its wings. If you want a larger celebration, there are plenty of other options – as well as lots of fabulous photo opportunities by the aviation artefacts.
Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
The Woodhorn Museum is Northumberland’s largest museum and has a number of options when it comes to hosting your wedding onsite. Pose for photographs with your wedding party under the original giant pinwheel, before celebration in the modern Cutter building. To add an extra special twist to your day you can take a trip on the narrow gauge railway or arrange a visit to the museum for your guests.
London Museum of Water and Steam, West London
A wedding at the London Museum of Water and Steam will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. The Grade I listed buildings, engine houses and courtyards are steeped in history and will look incredible in the background of your wedding pictures. Celebrate your big day immersed in the golden age of the industrial revolution.
Victoria Gallery & Museum, Merseyside
If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Merseyside, consider the Victoria Gallery & Museum, one of the most iconic buildings at the University of Liverpool. The gorgeous red brick building provides an impressive setting for the biggest day of your life, and you and your guests can mingle as you take in the current exhibitions in the fascinating Tate Gallery. You can then enjoy dinner and celebrations in the opulent Grand Entrance Hall.
The Foundling Museum, Central London
This unusual London wedding venue is situated in the heart of leafy Bloomsbury and it celebrates the history of Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first children’s charity and the first public art gallery in England. The 18th century interiors at the Foundling Museum are preserved from the original hospital, and the museum houses works of art from artists such as Gainsborough and Reynolds. You’ll also find artefacts relating to the composer Handel, who played a key part in establishing the hospital – it is the perfect venue for music and art lovers.
National Railway Museum, North Yorkshire
The National Railway Museum is home to over 300 years’ worth of locomotive history and has over a million objects on display – pose amongst the iconic trains and take in the history as you start a new chapter of your life together. This York wedding venue is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a large capacity wedding venue too – it can host up to 500 people.
Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Hampshire
If your partner is obsessed with cars, but you want a pretty wedding venue with gorgeous grounds, the Beaulieu National Motor Museum is the perfect compromise. This beautiful wedding venue is on the seven thousand acre Beaulieu Estate, which has the Beaulieu River running through it. Have your ceremony and reception in the enchanting 13th century Domus within Beaulieu Abbey, or host the reception or ceremony in the National Motor Museum which boasts a collection of cars from every era.
St Fagan’s Natural History Museum, Cardiff
St Fagan’s Natural History Museum can provide an exception setting for your special day – there are beautiful gardens and woodland surrounding the Welsh wedding venue, as well as historic buildings that will provide a gorgeous backdrop. The Elizabethan manor house can be paired with a wedding marquee so you can host more guests too.
Royal Marines Museum, Hampshire
The Royal Marines Museum in Hampshire first began life as one of the finest officers’ messes in Britain. The elegant wedding venue features sweeping staircases and a fabulous seafront setting making it a dream destination for a wedding. Choose from a selection of function spaces – there’s something to suit every style of day – and take advantage of the high level of service as you plan the wedding of your dreams.
The Fusilier Museum, Greater Manchester
If you have a military connection or are just fascinated by it, consider hosting your wedding at the Fusilier Museum in Bury. You can learn about the different regiments as you celebrate your wedding with your guests and enjoy the contemporary setting, which will provide the perfect backdrop to your big day.
York Castle Museum, North Yorkshire
If you’re looking for an intimate wedding venue, take a closer look at York Castle Museum. Your ceremony and reception will take place in front of the authentic old-fashioned shop fronts on the recreated Victorian cobbled street, which are full of historic goods, making for an interesting setting to the proceedings. Your guests can mingle in the period rooms and galleries, taking in the sights as they chat.
Museum of London, Central London
If you want a city wedding venue, you can’t really do better than the Museum of London in the heart of the capital! This wedding venue is ideal for history lovers – you can say your vows underneath the lit pagoda in the recreated 18th century Pleasure Garden before enjoying drinks in the Victorian Walk. The setting is perfect for amazing photos too – not only do you have all the cool exhibits but St Paul’s Cathedral is just a short walk away.
Great North Museum: Hancock, Tyne & Wear
The Great North Museum: Hancock has recently undergone an incredible £26 million redevelopment, so you’re guaranteed the very best for your wedding day. You can even get married under a life-size T-Rex and hire out the whole museum to really make an impact.
Museum of London Docklands, East London
We love the setting of the Museum of London Docklands – it’s right by the water and is a Grade I listed Georgian warehouse which dates back to 1802. The galleries at the venue tell the story of London’s Docklands and the River Thames dating back from Roman times right up to the present day. The exposed brickwork and original wooden features will look amazing dressed up for your wedding.
National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff
The National Museum of Cardiff is one of Europe’s most striking civic centres. The beautiful venue plays host to awe-inspiring displays of natural history, as well as being the home to the new National Museum of Art in Wales. You can have your ceremony under the museum’s beautiful domed ceiling, and throw your bouquet from the balcony or the marble staircase!
V&A Museum of Childhood, East London
If you’re looking for an elaborate venue that can host a large Asian wedding, the V&A Museum of Childhood could be for you – it has the capacity for up to 1,000 guests. You and your friends and family can explore the galleries and take in the gorgeous Victorian ironwork ceiling – one of the features that make this Grade II so special.
The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
This striking wedding venue effortlessly combines the contemporary with the historic – the sleek modern building that makes up the National Waterfront Museum is situated in a historic location, giving you the best of both worlds. You can have your ceremony in the Warehouse Gallery, which is 100 years old and on the dockside, or marry outdoors on the elegant Marina Balcony. Whatever you want from your special day, this venue can make it a reality.
If you’ve really fallen for the idea of a wedding venue with a story to tell, make sure you browse through these striking historic wedding venues.