The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History can host all the events related to your nuptials.


Picturesque ~ historic ~ intimate ~ nontraditional ~ flexible

  • A unique, historic venue blends the past with the present for one-of-a-kind events

  • Historic native plant garden overflows with wildflowers, herbs, and trees

  • Affordable and flexible with outdoor and indoor options


Pacific Grove's popular museum serves as the perfect wedding venue for all of the events surrounding your special day; engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, elopements, ceremonies and receptions- all in the heart of Pacific Grove. Steps from Lover's Point and the Pacific coastline, the museum provides an aesthetically interesting backdrop. The central coast Native Plant Garden bursts with over 100 species of wildflowers, herbs, and trees. Take your vows under the iconic Buckeye tree and then meander indoors for cocktails and reception. ADA accessible. 


You can plan for a small, intimate wedding in our Native Plant Garden, suitable for 50 guests. Or utilize our entire facility including the Bird Gallery, Main Gallery, Garden, and prep kitchen, to accommodate up to 140 guests. We have several options that can be tailored to your individual needs and desires. 

Farm table setup under the iconic the native Buckeye tree.

Farm table setup under the iconic the native Buckeye tree.

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life, a day you'll celebrate with friends, family and loved ones and cherish for the rest of your life! The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History would be honored to be part of that celebration and create warm memories.


Call us today to check if your special day is available, or to schedule a site visit. Event Coordinator Julia Brooker (831) 648-5716 ext 16, or

Or fill out the request form below. 

Museum floor plan, not including temporary or mobile exhibits.

Museum floor plan, not including temporary or mobile exhibits.

Native Plant Garden layout.

Native Plant Garden layout.

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Imagine this, historically there was only a 7% chance of rain on the date we picked for our wedding. 48 hours before our event we were told there was a 70% chance... Thats when we scrambled to find an alternative location. Enter Julia from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. At the 11th hour, not only was she able to provide a fun and unique location but she was incredibly accommodating and saved us money! The museum proved to be an interesting place for our guests to take time before the ceremony to view the exhibits. The room we held the ceremony in had high ceilings which opened to second story wrap around balcony (perfect for my bride to use for her entry down the grand staircase). The room easily accommodated the 65 chairs we needed for our guests. Most fun was the 8’ Bear which became the backdrop for our ceremony. Admittedly our Pastor Don was a little intimidated by the massive claws just above his head. Julia and her team were great hosts. Our photographer had so many angles and interesting backdrops for his photos. We even took advantage of the gardens at the museum for some photos under our umbrella... It was raining after all!
— Keith La Marr, via