Top 10 New York Museums for Weddings

10 New York museums that are as great for weddings as they are for class trips.
by Katerina Gkionis

The New Museum

Want a blank slate to personalize? The white floor and ceiling and glass walls in the Sky Room, the top floor at the New Museum in New York City, are just that. There's space for 120 seated guests and a great view of Manhattan from the wraparound terrace. Depending on your date, guests may be able to check out the contemporary art exhibits. You must use the museum's exclusive caterer. (212) 219-1222,

The Keeler Tavern Museum

Get hitched at the timelessly elegant Keeler Tavern Museum, a colonial history museum in Ridgefield, CT. The Cass Gilbert Garden House seats 90 guests in the century-old space, complete with crown moldings, a fireplace and French doors. Your guests can tour the museum while you're taking photos in the garden by the reflecting pool. Bring in your own caterer. (203) 438-5485,

The Asia Society and Museum

A blue-green marble floor makes the Garden Court in the Asia Society and Museum in New York City feel like a waterfront locale. It seats 130. For a 150-person reception, the conference and banquet suite, three separate rooms with windows overlooking Park Avenue, is both sophisticated and laid-back at the same time. You must use the museum's caterer. (212) 873-1965,

The Nassau County Museum of Art

At the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, you can say your "I dos" in a garden beside a neo-Georgian-style mansion. Though receptions themselves cannot be held inside, guests are invited to view the nineteenth- and twentieth-century artwork in the museum. You must use the museum's exclusive caterer, Elegant Affairs. (516) 626-0690,

The New York Public Library

Have an authentic Big Apple wedding at the New York Public Library in New York City. The Celeste Bartos Forum fits 375 guests for dinner and dancing under its glass and cast-iron domed ceiling. For a smaller reception, the legendary Astor Hall has marble ceilings and columns. Only civil ceremonies are allowed, and you must have an event coordinator. You can choose your own caterer, but all vendors must be approved. (212) 930-0730,

The Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York in New York City is right across from the Central Park Conservatory Garden. Have your ceremony there; then, host your reception in the museum's front courtyard or back terrace, both tented areas with space for 250. Or hold the day's events in the museum's Marble Rotunda and Balcony, which seats 180 and overlooks the park. Choose one of the approved caterers. (212) 327-0100,

The Alice Austen Museum

The Alice Austen Museum in Staten Island may have the best front lawn in New York City; the view stretches from the Verrazano Bridge to the Manhattan skyline. This museum, dedicated to the Victorian era photography of Alice Austen, can hold a tented reception for 200 guests. Bring your own caterer. (718) 816-4506 x12,

The American Museum of Natural History

Though most weddings at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City take place after museum hours, you can schedule a private viewing of a space show during your party! The high-ceiling loft space, the Powerhouse, can hold up to 270, and guests can see the blue-lit planetarium through its floor-to-ceiling windows. In warmer weather, extend your party onto the patio of the Arthur Ross Terrace, an outdoor area with trees and lit fountains. The museum uses an exclusive caterer, Restaurant Associates. (212) 769-5350,

The Bayside Historical Society

Exchange vows in The Bayside Historical Society, a former fort with a castle-like façade, burgundy panels and white trim that preserves the history of Bayside, Queens. For a wedding celebration for 50 or fewer, you can use the dining room, lounge and boardroom. The ballroom on the second floor and the library with high ceilings and views of the surrounding lawns seat 150 guests. Choose your own caterer. (718) 352-1548,

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection in New York City is a mix of Versailles refinement and Italian glamour. Host dinner next to the ionic columns in the Garden Court, and then move to the Music Room, which has damask-patterned walls and a glass dome, for dancing. All events take place after 7 p.m., and you can bring in your own caterer. You'll need a big budget though -- a $25,000 donation is required as a membership contribution. (212) 547-6873,

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