Wedding at the museum: Milwaukee Public Museum | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Wedding at the museum: Milwaukee Public Museum 

The Milwaukee Public Museum offers weddings in a range of unique spaces and exhibits: from ceremonies under the stars of their planetarium to receptions in front of Wendy the dinosaur or next to its butterfly vivarium.  

“I would definitely say we’re very immersive,” said Kristine Thomsen, director of special events and group sales at the Milwaukee Public Museum. “We’re also unique in that you can take your food and beverages into the exhibits,” she added.  

Clients can host weddings amidst exhibits such as the Streets of Old Milwaukee, European Village, the Costa Rican Rainforest, the Wisconsin Woodlands, and more. Couples may also opt to rent out entire floors, in which access to multiple exhibits becomes available. Depending on the given space, the museum can accommodate anywhere between 10 and 450 guests. Some details may change when the museum opens in its new home, slated for 2027.  

“You don’t need to spend as much on the decor,” said Thomsen in reference to the backdrop the exhibits supply by nature.  

The venue also offers alternative experiences and services for their clients. For example, couples can display montages in the museum’s Nickelodeon Pastime Theatre or provide guests with vouchers to the Haymarket Candy Store, where attendees can take home vintage treats.  

“I think couples really appreciate the attention to detail and the way we really make it customized for them,” Thomsen said. 

The museum recently formed an exclusive partnership with Noble Catering and Events, a Milwaukee-based catering company. “Rather than use set menus, our chefs enjoy the creativity and flexibility of tailoring each dish to the specific needs and theme of each gathering. With so many wonderful exhibits at the Museum, we are eager to begin collaborating with the clients to make sure their special occasion stands out,” said Kaelyn Cervero, owner of Noble Catering and Events, in a news release.  

Couples typically reserve the venue’s spaces between six months to two years in advance, however, depending on availability, clients can reserve spaces as late as one month prior to their event. The venue has hosted Jewish weddings and welcomes clients of all cultural backgrounds.  

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