Exploration Place




Exploration Place, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a magical wedding destination. The lovely architecture of the museum becomes a handsome backdrop to each stage of your wedding celebration. Imagine exchanging vows outside with your love on the Waterway Terrace. You and your guests will take in the views of the Arkansas River and the Keeper of the Plains as you enjoy appetizers and cocktails after a tranquil ceremony. Exploration Place has both indoor and outdoor facilities, outside the Festival Plaza, and Picnic Grove can both accommodate outdoor receptions with grace. Keep it casual as you dine and dance in the sun. For a more traditional reception, The Grand Hall and WaterWay Hall are both stunning indoor spaces. The WaterWay Hall provides your special evening with an enchanted environment while the Grand Hall offers views of the Reflecting Pond. Exploration Place is an exciting wedding destination with exhibits to explore, a Dome Theater, and Planetarium guests will be thrilled throughout the day.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ocean/Waterfront View, Outdoor, Modern


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 1,200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 250 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 750 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $600 to $2,300 for a reception and includes 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $150/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Exploration Place is estimated at between $4,848 and $8,486 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot
Bridal and groom dressing area available for a fee

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
You May Also Like Other Wedding Creatives