Weddings

Extraordinary Events. Extraordinary Place.

At the Museum of Life and Science, we strive to bring wonder-filled moments to each visitor of the Museum. It is our pleasure to do the same for each attendee of your special event. We are so excited to join you on the journey towards your special day and can't wait to see what wonderful moments await!

Call Us

 

(919) 220-5429 ext. 400

     

Email

 

rentals@ncmls.org


Submit an Inquiry Here


Daytime Rental Options

Mercury Meeting Room & Special Events Tent: 8:00am–5:00pm

Evening Rental Options

All venue spaces: 6:30pm–1:00am

Amenities

  • Custom rental packages starting as low as $2,795 and including space for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception
  • Exclusive use of Museum venue space for event
  • Day-of logistics coordinator provided
  • Automatic rain back-up plan
  • Complimentary rehearsal hour if booking ceremony
  • Bridal ready room
  • Complimentary golf cart transportation
  • Set-up and take-down time provided free of charge
  • Access to 84-acre campus for wedding photography
  • Free parking for guests and wedding party

Site Tours

Want to see the wonder of our venue options in person? Site tours are available Tuesday through Friday by appointment only.

Weddings FAQs


Venue Options

Main Building
Mix and mingle around a tornado. Dance next to a lunar lander. 

Our main building exhibit space offers a number of creative settings to give you and your guests an exceptional experience. We can accommodate a variety of group sizes depending on the details of your event. 

Seated Capacities:
Aerospace, 30'x40' 100 people 
Mercury Meeting Room, 40'x50' 150 people
South Gallery, 40'x48'  120 people 
South Wing: Aerospace PLUS South Gallery  192 people 
Magic Wings Butterfly House
Dance with hundreds of exotic butterflies. Walk through a tropical rainforest. 

Magic Wings Butterfly House is a "total immersion" butterfly exhibit where your guests will walk through a rainforest surrounded by hundreds of tropical butterflies. 

One of the Museum's most popular attractions and among the largest butterfly conservatories in the Southeast, Magic Wings offers your guests a spectacular setting for ceremonies, family gatherings, and small receptions.

Seated Capacities:
Lobby, 20'x25' 40 people 
Special events tent & lawn
Enjoy a romantic evening under our tent and the night sky. 

Our special events tent is 30 by 50 feet covering a red brick surface and set next to a beautifully landscaped lawn and lush garden. Featuring warm market-style lights, this area is perfect for those who want to dance the night away and celebrate with loved ones.

Seated Capacities:
Tent, 30'x50' 100 people 
Tent PLUS Lawn  180 people 

Venue Gallery

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Add-ons & Services

Ceremony Rehearsal: 1-hour rehearsal, complimentary with all wedding packages. Scheduled one day prior to your event day between 9am–5pm. 

Animal Encounter, $125*: The Museum has a variety of animals for your guests to meet and touch! A Museum Educator will bring up to three of our animals to meet your guests and answer questions. Specific animal availability may change. *Rate is for one handler for one hour.

Butterfly Release, $75: Your very own private release of newly emerged butterflies into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory. You might even get one to land on you! 

Child Care, $100/2hrs: Provide your guests with the added comfort of having one of our Museum Educators entertain the kids at your event! Educators have cleared background checks and also work our birthday parties and summer camp programs. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, explore Museum exhibits, and eat dinner together. Children ages 3 and older, please. 

Train Rides, $255: Enjoy a thrilling ride on our Ellerbe Creek Railway train through the park. For evening events, the train runs for an hour making as many trips through campus as will fit in the hour. Train rides for daytime events are also available - just ask for details and available times! 

Liquid Nitrogen Edible Creations, $150**: Add a little wonder to your cocktail hour! Our Museum Educator will use liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze beverage ingredients of your choice to make delectable frozen cocktails and treats! **Prices includes non-alcoholic ingredients.


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