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 3:00 PM.

Rental Fees

Premium Wedding Package is $5000 flat. It's an easy, all in, peace of mind experience that includes all amenities and staff services. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $400/hr. Rental of inside space also includes outdoor reception space. If you want your wedding to happen at the MAH, let's make it happen within your budget. We recognize that each event has different needs, and you shouldn't have to pay for the elements you don't need. The base cost is $400/hr for the ground floor and line items are added according to your needs! Having an intimate wedding or elopement? If your guest count is under 100 people you pay our basic rental rates for Private Use rentals and any additional amenities requested. $350/hr for the ground floor.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is estimated at between $9,145 and $14,405 for a reception only for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Overnight accommodations available
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Public garage

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