The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Eiteljorg Museum is a sophisticated, first-class facility situated along a canal in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Couples who appreciate Western life, American Indian art and prairie plant life find exhibits of all three here and also find inspiration in the event spaces available for ceremonies and receptions. Up to 1,000 guests can be accommodated in the museum’s private and public spaces. While the exterior is modern with subdued Western colors the inside, has vintage touches mixed in with the contemporary architecture to offer a great deal of flexibility to couples, whether wanting a modern or rustic wedding day.
Eiteljorg Gardens. The museum has outdoor native plant gardens that bloom from April to September and you are free to find a ceremony location you adore. The staff must give permission, but there are many such sites in the gardens.
Outdoor Terraces. Sculpture exhibits celebrating American Indians and Western life are installed throughout the outdoor terraces where you may host a ceremony or reception.
Eagle Commons Hallway. Ceremonies here take place under the Grand Staircase. The walls are creamy white with dark wood accents and ample windows.
Grand Hall. With dark stained wooden beams overhead and bright neutral decor this space is a great cocktail or banquet overflow area for up to 200.
Clowe's Court. This grand circular space is a pre-function, receiving line or cocktail hour space next to the Grand Hall. Its shape is circular and it is decorated in beige with rich wood accents. Event decor and special lighting transform this space into your envisioned theme for up to 200 guests.
One American Terrace. This space has views of the Indianapolis skyline and is located on the East side of Clowe’s Ballroom with access to the private dining area.
What You Should Know
Eiteljorg Museum will only hold your date with a deposit. No daytime wedding events may be hosted in the public areas, as the museum is open until 5 p.m. daily. You may have access to some private spaces during Cafe operating hours. Your guests may access the Cafe Patio, but they are not allowed to use the Cafe itself, sit at the restaurant’s tables or bring food outside of their private banquet space.
Rentals are made in tiers, with venues added to various tier levels. You must rent a third or fourth tier wedding package in order to use the outdoor gardens, for example. This is due to the need to secure backup venues in case of inclement weather. If your tier level grants you and your guests access to one or more of the galleries, you are also free to not use the space.
Eiteljorg Museum has an exclusive caterer who handles all food, beverage and table setting needs, although you may bring in a cake from a licensed bakery. The museum handles all other rentals including wedding arches, tables, chairs, risers, stages and lighting. No decorations may be attached to anything and potted plants and non-LED candles are only allowed in outdoor areas. You are permitted to bring in your own entertainers, florist and photographers.
Eiteljorg Museum will provide you with a private dressing area if you request space in advance. Only food from the exclusive caterer may be brought into the bride’s and groom’s dressing areas.
Eiteljorg Museum has several perks for couples when they host their wedding event at the museum. Private access to the first floor galleries will thrill art and history buffs among your guests and provide an activity while you have your after-ceremony photo shoot. Other perks include the following:
- Validated parking at White River State Park
- Printed souvenir museum signage to direct guests
- Extended hours to 1 a.m. with extra fee
- Only one event hosted per evening for privacy
- Too many awesome photo backdrops to list
- Security and housekeeping included in rental
From the Vendor
Indianapolis' most unique event space
The Eiteljorg Museum has unique indoor and outdoor space for weddings and receptions. The museum provides an elegant and convenient venue with spectacular views of the Indianapolis skyline and downtown Central Canal.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Garden, Museum, Historic Venue, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Exceptional experienceReviewed on 10/23/2014 Dana B
What a great experience from start to finish of our wedding planning and wedding day. Received emails back from coordinator extremely timely and felt like I was the only bride she was working with. Venue was so versatile and gorgeous. You can set your wedding ceremony, cocktail hr, and reception up however you want. You get the venue all to your self and there is free parking for your guests.
Perfection!Reviewed on 9/19/2015 Janice L
As the mother of the Bride, I was involved with planning our daughter's wedding from beginning to end. I could not have been more pleased her choice of the Eiteljorg for the wedding reception. The vibe was formal and chic yet comfortable and fun for the wedding party and our guests. Our guests enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The shape of the Ballroom is difficult to find. The photos before and during the reception are amazing! I cannot emphasize enough how pleased we were with our event planner. She was always responsive and professional and gave us the "you are the customer" experience we were hoping for. We were also very pleased with the exclusive caterer who did a great job as well. Top notch, delicious food, and great service were among the comments we received. Regarding value, I think we could have spent an equal amount of money at another venue with much lower standards and a reception that was far less exceptional. If you are looking for a wedding venue with an elegant and classy undertone, choose Eiteljorg!
Wonderful venue, awesome staff!Reviewed on 1/02/2014 Bethany B
The Eiteljorg Museum is a BEAUTIFUL venue that speaks for itself. It has beautiful spaces - both indoor and outdoor. We originally booked the Eiteljorg because we loved their outdoor space on the canal, but due to rain our wedding had to be moved inside. Thankfully they don't double book events (as many other venues do) so there aren't any other weddings or events going on at the same time, which gives you the flexibility to use both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The event planning team at the Eiteljorg was just as impressive as the venue. Heather and Sarah were wonderful to work with to plan our wedding from start to finish. They were always very prompt with a response to any questions or concerns we had, kept us updated on any issues or concerns, and did anything within their power to help our wedding go off smoothly and as we envisioned. As our event coordinator, Heather was extremely organized - from the setup of all the decorations and layout of the rooms, to making suggestions on things we weren't sure of, to keeping track and communicating with all of our outside vendors - her organization no doubt took a lot of stress off of our shoulders. From the first meeting with Heather to our sendoff after our reception, we had/have the utmost confidence in her and the Eiteljorg team to put on a wonderful event.
Kelsey helped my husband and I have the wedding of our dreams. She was very attentive and kind. The Eiteljorg is a beautiful facility. There was some construction of the parking garage during our wedding that was unexpected, which made parking difficult for guests. Overall, I would definitely recommend to couples.
The Eiteljorg Museum far exceeded our expectations for our wedding reception! The staff was wonderful to work with, but Kelsey Priday-Donson went above and beyond to make sure that it was everything we wanted, especially after the weather caused some last minute changes! The Museum is so unique and different on it's own, but when you add in the flowers and decorations, the result was beautiful and even better than we had imagined! I would recommend this venue and staff to anyone who is looking for unique and beautiful venue!
The Eiteljorg was the perfect venue for our wedding and reception. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate for us and made our day unforgettable! We couldn't have asked for a better place to begin our lives as husband and wife!!
Fall weddingReviewed on 10/14/2014 Becky T
The Eiteljorg was the perfect choice for my daughter's fall wedding. The downtown location, close to several hotels and restaurants, was a plus for the many out of town guests that visited for the weekend. Not only is the Eiteljorg a unique and beautiful venue but the staff provided excellent service. Sarah Bean, the event manager at the Eiteljorg is simply the best! She has great ideas that helped in the planning process and is always responsive and organized. All of our outside vendors, (wedding planner, photographer, florist, lighting and sound rep., and DJ), found Sarah to be helpful and supportive. Kahn's Catering, the exclusive caterer for the Eiteljorg, provided delicious food and service at a good value. With Kahn's there is something for everyone and they helped us put together a wonderful celebration. We would definitely choose Kahn's again!
Wonderful locationReviewed on 11/06/2011 Alexandra W
We had the wedding in the upper gardens, cocktails in the lower gardens and reception in the ballroom - it was a fantatic location and the service was wonderful.
Great LocationReviewed on 9/28/2011 Lindsay J
This Venue was fantastic! It was beautiful, Rachel the facility coordiantor made everything run flawlessly. All of the guest enjoyed the menu and having the cermony and cocktail hour outside was wonderful!
Beautiful Venue with Top Notch ServiceReviewed on 7/19/2011 April F
One of my clients recently used the Eitlejorg for their wedding ceremony and reception. The inside and outsides spaces are unique yet will work with almost any wedding style. We received top notch service from the staff and highly recommend this venue.
Fantastic Venue!Reviewed on 6/13/2011 Anne J
As a wedding planner, I have had the pleasure of working weddings on the Canal in White River State Park for several years and can say that you will not find a more incredible venue for a wedding than the Eiteljorg Museum. The museum's unique beauty and space on the Canal make it the perfect location for a wedding ceremony and reception. The outdoor spaces are secluded and spacious with views to die for, and the ballroom needs very little to create the 'wow' factor most brides are looking for. All of that plus a pleasant and professional staff to help you with the details. Each wedding I have worked there has gone off without a hitch, the food was fabulous and guests were amazed. I can't wait for the next one!
My dream weddingReviewed on 2/22/2011 Kate J
I have happy childhood memories from the Eiteljorg Museum and was thrilled to come back home and celebrate our marriage there. The wedding staff at the museum was so helpful -- terrific communication all the way -- and of course the space is beautiful. The required catering company was a bit expensive and difficult to communicate with and get clear answers from, but the food was delicious and we felt like royalty at our private tasting session.