Carnegie Institution for Science

District of Columbia



Nestled between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle in the heart of Washington, DC, the Carnegie Institution for Science presents brides and grooms a creative and elegant space to tie the knot. The venue is centrally located to nearby highways and airports for easy and convenient access. Positioned walking distance to many nearby attractions, the Institution is sure to impress your family and friends with plenty to do. Best suited for small to medium sized guest lists, Carnegie features several open floor plan spaces to host an intimate wedding and reception. Imagine saying ‘I do’ surrounded by romantic old-world architecture and countless historical details. Whether you prefer the inviting atmosphere of the Ballroom or the grand elements of the Rotunda, this venue makes it easy to create the wedding and reception you always dreamed of. If you seek a innovative and romantic setting to share your vows, all the Carnegie Institution for Science to make your wedding day one-of-a-kind.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 11:00PM Sunday through Thursday.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $5,700 to $7,800 for a ceremony and reception and includes 5.5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony-only wedding ranges from $5,700 to $7,800. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $400/hr. A refundable security deposit of $750 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Carnegie Institution for Science is estimated at between $5,420 and $19,050 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Dance floor
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Parking can be arranged

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
Music end time is 11:00PM Sunday through Thursday