Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Monterey/Carmel Valley



Situated right in downtown Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History offers a truly magical setting for evening weddings. Imagine saying your “I do’s” in the museum courtyard, a unique open air space where you can share your first kiss as spouses beneath a towering tree. The museum’s truly singular architecture will serve as the backdrop to your ceremony. Host your reception dinner in the iconic rooftop sculpture garden, enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by lush foliage and stunning artworks. To celebrate your union in a more contemporary space, look to the stunning museum Atrium. This lovely venue features towering glass ceilings and romantic lighting, a winning combination that is sure to make your wedding truly unforgettable. For epic events with all of your nearest and dearest, you can even take advantage of the entire museum! The Museum’s experienced and accommodating event staff will work with couples to bring their vision of the perfect big day to life!

Venue Style



Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Reception: 130 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 4:30PM. Events must end by 2:00AM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $3,500 for a reception and includes 8 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $350/hr. Rental of inside space also includes outdoor reception space.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is estimated at between $7,645 and $12,905 for a reception only for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Podium and/or stage
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Valet or public parking for a fee
Dance area

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 2:00AM