Sometimes it can be challenging finding venues that are unique but still beautiful. Insert the National Museum of Wildlife Art!! The museum is located north of Jackson, across from the National Elk Refuge on Highway 89. In this blog post, we’ll discuss statistics such as how many guests you can have at your wedding, site fees, catering and more! If you haven’t found a wedding photographer yet, I’d love nothing more than to be there for you!! Fill out this form and let’s chat about the details of your big day. I have tons of free resources and guides available on my blog for anyone wanting to elope or get married in or near Jackson Hole, which I’ll link at the bottom of this post. Let’s get to the details about your National Museum of Wildlife Art wedding!!!
The site fee for your wedding at the Museum varies depending upon which room you reserve. In the Sullivan Hall, the seating capacity is 120 guests, but can be increased to 300 for a hors d’oeuvres reception with limited seating. An additional 30 people may be seated in the Wapiti Hallway at no additional charge. The site fee for this room is $5000, which also includes rental of the terrace. If you’re planning a more intimate, micro wedding with fewer guests, the Members’ Lounge and Gallery might be a better option for you! This room has a seating capacity of 50 guests, which can be increased to 100 guests for a hors d’oeuvres reception with limited seating. The site fee is $750.
There is a custodial fee, which costs $50 for events with under 100 guests or $100 for events with over 100 guests. A security fee (security guards are required for all catered functions at the museum) is also charged. This fee is $25/guard per hour for the length of the event, plus 1/2 hour prior and 1/2-hour post event. One guard is required for events under 100 guests and two guards for events over 100 guests. The last fee is the docent fee. If your guests would like to tour the galleries during your reception, a fee of $25 per docent is required. One docent is needed per 25 guests.
Palate Restaurant does not own the museum, however they are the only company allowed to cater events there. They offer an extensive menu, including passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, buffets, plated dinners and reception stations. Children’s menus are also available. Pricing is locked in at the time that you sign the function sheet with your event planner. State tax (6%) and gratuity (20%) are not included in menu prices. When it comes to the bar, you can choose between a cash bar, hosted bar, or other bar customized to suit your needs. Bartenders are provided for all bars at a fee of $150 per bartender. Prices are based on consumption. Wine prices are based with on consumption or per bottle, depending on your needs. Unfortunately, guests are not allowed to provide their own alcohol.
One of the best parts of renting out the National Museum of Wildlife Art for your wedding is that you don’t have to worry about decor! You’re probably already aware that the museum contains a large amount of beautiful artwork. Therefore, some decorating restrictions do apply. Candles, confetti, rice and other toss-able items are not allowed. Due to the acoustic paneling of the walls, nothing can be hung on the walls. Nothing can be removed from the walls and artwork cannot be covered. It’s simple!
Hosting your wedding at the National Museum of Wildlife Art will be a great way to keep guests entertained. I love the uniqueness and natural beauty of this venue. As mentioned before, I’d love to be your photographer! I will do my best to answer wedding related questions or any questions that you have!!! Get in contact with me here. To contact the museum for your National Museum of Wildlife Art wedding, fill out this form or call the number on this page. However, if you’re looking for other venues in or around the Jackson Hole area, check out the blog posts linked below. Cheers to finding an awesome venue! (and photographer ;))
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