My 4 year old and I recently ventured to The Mint Museum of Art for a mother-daughter outing. I asked her to dress up because I hoped she would revere the beautiful artwork hanging in the elegant halls of The Mint Museum Randolph – canvased between a vast lawn of gracious, towering trees and gorgeous Eastover homes. I wanted her to be humbled in the same way that staring at the ocean is humbling. The artistry and history preserved in this tucked away museum is the ideal backdrop for a classic ceremony or whimsical wedding. The Old South feel of the sculpture gardens adorned with ironwork gates, tucked away behind The Mint Randolph is quite the locale for any event. And if, instead, you desire expansive views of Uptown and breathtaking architecture, the Museum’s Uptown location is surrounded by cityscape views. Historical or Cityscape, The Mint Museum offers both. I’ve summarized below everything I learned about hosting at either location, so you can choose what suits your fancy. (Also, just a pro tip: Dressing up to a 4 year old means Halloween. She did get the magical part right as she fluttered as a fairy among the beauty at The Mint.) Here’s to you finding magic and wonder as we did:
Mint Museum Uptown
MATTYE AND MARC SILVERMAN GRAND ROOM AND TRUSTEES TERRACE
This Level 5 space boasts stunning views of the uptown cityscape. The Grand Room, a 4,009-square-foot, modern audio- and video-equipped space, will seat up to 225 people for a formal dinner or hold 400 people for a standing reception. The dramatic semi-covered terrace, approximately 4,000 square feet, provides additional outdoor entertaining space. GALLERIES: The museum’s permanent collection and special exhibition galleries can also be opened after hours to allow guests to tour the facility privately.
ROBERT HAYWOOD MORRISON ATRIUM
The multi-story atrium is available to host private events after 6 p.m. and during some daytime hours. This grand space features a 60- by 60-foot glass wall overlooking Levine Avenue for the Arts and the Knight Theater. The dramatic interior includes richly stained hardwood floors and a wood slat ceiling. The atrium showcases the fascinating four-story textile work by artist Sheila Hicks, Mega Footprint Near the Hutch (May I Have This Dance?), and a monumental canvas by Sam Francis, Untitled (Seafirst). The 4,000-square-foot event space will accommodate up to 180 people for a seated dinner or 400+ for a standing reception.
Mint Museum Randolph
Take part in the region’s rich history inside a unique cultural treasure surrounded by a serene park setting. The atrium, featuring natural vegetation and floor-to-ceiling views of the terrace, gardens, park, and sunlit or starry skies, hosts private events after 6 p.m. and during some daytime hours. Rental includes the front terrace, which can be tented, and has a capacity up to 100 for seated dinner or 150 for a reception. The Delhom Gallery on the museum’s Upper Level is a unique setting for art lovers featuring glass-enclosed showcases of work from the Mint’s extensive and renowned Decorative Arts Collection. This space can accommodate 120 for a seated dinner or 140 for a reception. The Eagle Terrace, with views of the Mint’s original 1836 façade capped off by the museum’s signature golden eagle, can accommodate 225 for outdoor events or ceremonies.
MARRYMINT WEDDING PACKAGE:
Friday and Sunday night weddings are chic, unique, and more affordable than Saturday weddings. Enjoy special pricing when you reserve Mint Museum Uptown or Mint Museum Randolph to celebrate your Friday or Sunday evening wedding or rehearsal dinner.
- MARRYMINT WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES:
15% off Facility Rental
Complimentary Mint Chairs
Complimentary Champagne Toast for the Bride & Groom
- Preserve Your Wedding Dress
Utilize the expertise of a museum with one of the country’s most extensive Fashion Collections. The Mint’s experts can provide a kit with everything you need to ensure your dress can remain preserved for future generations to enjoy. Ask the Special Events staff for details.
- Shop the Registry
The Museum Shops have an inspiring array of merchandise that’s perfect for any occasion and offer wedding registry services, gift recommendations, shipping services, free gift wrapping, and all around pleasantry. Learn more at mintmuseum.org/visit/shop
- Enjoy Bridal Benefits
Each bride is permitted to schedule an on-site bridal portrait session. A Filming/ Photography application must be filled out a minimum of one month prior to the preferred session date.
Oh, and just in case you make the same mistake I did, if you take any 4-year-old relative anywhere and ask them to dress up, they only think of Halloween. You may end up walking around with a ghost or a fairy, as I did, but there are worse things, and the best part, the staff couldn’t have been nicer to my winged accomplice.
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