While there are a few discreet exceptions, almost every dream wedding requires a grand space. Since the union only happens once in a lifetime (well, mostly), we can’t fault couples who want their weddings in the most lavish of venues. But it’s truly something special to fund a cultural landmark while swearing the sweetest vows amid your loved ones. For a small fortune, booking the National Museum as a wedding venue is entirely possible; it even significantly helps the museum’s funding!
Interested in booking one of these historic buildings? Here’s everything you need to know.
The historic National Museum as your wedding venue
With expansive spaces and inspired interiors, the buildings of the National Museum unsurprisingly have several event venues. Here are some of the rooms you can book for your special occasion.
National Museum of Arts
What about a wedding surrounded by the most beautiful Filipino paintings? The National Museum of Arts has the following rooms available for rent:
- Sergio Osmeña Function Hall
- Claro M. Recto Function Hall
National Museum of Anthropology
Want a modest but elegant wedding venue? The National Museum of Anthropology has these rooms available for bookings:
- Marble Hall
- Ayala Room
- Reception Hall
National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History boasts natural lights, modern architecture, and stylish furnishings. Venues inside this museum include:
- The Shell Centennial Courtyard
- Hyundai Philippines Entrance Hall
- North Function Hall
- BDO East Function Hall
- BDO South Function Hall
If you prefer to take your wedding outdoors, you can also book the iconic monuments outside:
- The Lapu-Lapu Monument
- Binhi ng Kalayaan
How to book the National Museum for your wedding
- Submit a letter to the Head of the Agency Director. Include details of your special occasion. Make sure to send it at least 30 days before the event. Wait for its approval.
- Meet with the Museum Services Division. Coordinate and submit the necessary forms.
- Submit an event floor plan to the Agency Director.
- Secure a notarised Memorandum of Agreement two weeks before the event. Wait for the approved memo.
- Pay the full booking fee at the museum’s cash division.
Booking fees should cost around ₱50,000–₱100,000, excluding security, janitorial, and operational expenses. A significant percentage of the fees will go to the maintenance of the museum, so prepare to save funds when considering these buildings.
Note: Those who prefer to be wed at the regional and satellite offices of the National Museum may also inquire through the same process.
Booking the National Museum for your wedding can make it unforgettable. There are so many hoops to go through! But in all seriousness, the history and beauty of the National Museum’s buildings can easily make any event prestigious.
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