Hoping to showcase your nerdy (and creative!) side during your big day? These New Jersey museums can serve as a distinctive backdrop for your reception — often with rental fees going towards supporting non-profit endeavors — ensuring that your wedding is one for the history books!
The Newark Museum
The venue, which is also the largest museum in the state, offers a cozy outdoor space for a ceremony in its Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. The museum's Engelhard Court also boasts enough room for a sit down dinner and dance floor, and provides access to galleries displaying its artwork, which spans from portraits to antiques to video installations.
Built in the 18th century by New Jersey's first elected governor, the Liberty Hall Estate is on a massive 23-acre plot of land that will ensure that all your guests have Instagram-worthy photos while they explore before your reception. If you decide to get hitched there, you'll be in some very classy company — John Jay, first chief justice of the U.S., and Sarah Livingston got married at the locale in 1774.
Montclair Art Museum
More than 12,000 pieces of American art can serve as backdrop to your reception at the museum, where couples can rent after-hours access for guests to receive private tours of the galleries. The non-profit museum, which was built in 1914, has a commitment to showcasing Native American art.
Liberty Science Center
You may remember this place from a 4th grade field trip when you travelled through the touch tunnel, but it turns out grownups can have fun there, too! The venue offers amazing views of NYC and Liberty State Park, and numerous options for a reception depending on the size of your guest list (need a space for 500-plus guests -- they've got you covered!).
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Originally based around the art collection of local business owners Fred W. and Ethel Noyes, the museum offers a focus of fine and folk art that can serve as scenery for your or your guests' photographs before and during your reception.
The 42-acre sculpture park has a courtyard, gazebo and amphitheater that can be used for outdoor ceremonies. Guests can also participate in "sculpture hunts" or guided tours through the numerous contemporary sculptures on the grounds.
Though not technically a museum, the aquarium, which is home to penguins, fish and sharks, among other creatures, allows for unique (and live!) extras to pop into your photos while in their habitat. The venue's ballroom provides a view of the Philly skyline during ceremonies, and wedding party photos can coincide with an up close and personal view of the many creatures that live at the center.
Known as BB62, the USS New Jersey was first launched in 1942 and has been restored and operated as an educational museum since 2001. The vessel, parked in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, has awning covered reception spaces that offer views of the Philly skyline, Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.