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National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA, PA
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(215) 391-4638
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 22 Reviews


    Sarah

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  • We picked this venue because my now-husband is a huge history geek, we’re both Jewish, and we wanted something unique. He did an internship program through the museum while we were dating, so when we got engaged, he suggested we check it out. It honestly wasn’t my first pick because the ballroom is pretty much a huge, white blank space and I couldn’t envision how things would come together, but I’m so glad we chose it. The selling point for us was the terrace. The terrace was a phenomenal place to take photos, and guests loved the amazing view of Independence Mall. We had our ceremony and reception in the 5th floor ballroom and our cocktail hour on the concourse. We got so many compliments on the venue, both from our guests and from the vendors who love working events at the museum. They don’t have a space for getting ready, but they have a small bridal suite with a private bathroom and plenty of room for the bridal party to store stuff. Ellen, the event coordinator for the m... Read more

    Samantha

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  • We loved having our wedding at NMAJH! We live close by and it was meaningful for us to have our wedding day in the same neighborhood where we live, but with a larger guest count it was difficult to find something in our budget. The museum had the modern, city feel we wanted, while being big enough (but not TOO big) for our 200 guests. We found it really reasonably priced and loved that we were able to customize the space with all of the other vendors we hired. Our guests all loved it (especially the balcony off of the event space, it's such a hit for photos!) and we loved how convenient the location is.

    Viraj

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  • Truly an outstanding location and building! We had our wedding reception there, it was just AMAZING!

    Rachel Lynn

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  • SO SO happy we chose NMAJH for our wedding! The venue was beautiful and Ellen was so easy to work with. She answered all of my many, many questions throughout this entire process. My friends and family were amazed by the venue and we’ve gotten so many compliments. Can’t recommend this venue enough. The beautiful balcony on the 5th floor ballroom was the perfect place for our second bar and as a backdrop for photos. Loved it!!!

    Poonam

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    5 out of 5
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  • Before I go into the details, our wedding at the museum was everything we could have hoped for! We had our Indian wedding ceremony and reception at the museum. The baraat traveled from 5th and Spruce to the front of the museum. Then the guests traveled up the the 5th floor for our wedding ceremony (~1hr). The cocktail hour was all way downstairs in the concourse area (1.5 hr), followed by the reception in the converted 5th floor ballroom. We had roughly 200 guests (21 tables) with a large dance floor and 2 dinner buffets and 2 bars. the ambiance of the space allowed the DJ and decorator to make the ceremony feel truly special and momentous. During the reception, the room did not feel crowded at all. Ellen Weiss is simply amazing. She is hyper responsive and made everything seem so straightforward and easy to accomplish. She provided us with recommendations for various vendors and was also extremely flexible with allowing us to visit and look at the space over and over again. We we... Read more

    Mark Mercado

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    5 out of 5
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  • We met with Ellen she gave us a tour of the facility and showed us the possibilities of an amazing wedding setup. She showed us different areas for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, along with photos from another wedding around the size that we want.

    Jen Bogert

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  • First off, Ellen Weiss is extremely helpful and responsive, typically replying to emails within a matter of minutes. The venue is beautiful and classy, and everyone had so much fun taking pictures on the balcony with Independence Hall in the background. NMAJH is very accommodating, and worked seamlessly with my preferred caterer, who was not on their recommended list. Our guests all had a blast, and I'm so so glad that we found NMAJH as our perfect wedding venue!!

    Brittany

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  • We had the wedding of our dreams at the National Museum of American Jewish History! We had the ceremony and reception in the beautiful 5th floor ballroom, which has a balcony overlooking Independence Mall, and cocktail hour on the 3rd floor. The museum was even kind enough to leave the 3rd floor exhibit open for our guests to see. The staff was extremely helpful - they assisted us in unloading all of our cars with wedding decorations and move them up to the 5th floor. We also had the pleasure of working with Ellen Weiss from booking the venue through our big day. She is extremely organized, kind, and made our experience as amazing as it was. We would recommend the National Museum of American Jewish History to all couples looking to have a beautiful event with memories that will last a lifetime!

    Alison

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  • If you are looking for a modern, beautiful venue that offers an incredible view, National Museum of American Jewish History is it!!! My husband and I both went to college in Philadelphia and knew we wanted to have a wedding in the city and wanted a venue that could let our guests fall in love with the city as well. Our ceremony and reception were in the ballroom on the 5th floor, and our cocktail hour was on the third floor. The architecture in the space is just beautiful, and our cocktail hour on the 3rd floor really let our guests appreciate that with their exposed staircases. The terrace off the ballroom was a huge hit. It rained a big on our wedding day, but it didn't stop our family and friends from getting out there to take pictures and appreciate the incredible view. Additionally, Ellen was incredibly easy to work with. She accommodated so many of my requests and she responded to emails within an hour almost EVERY time. I loved our venue and would recommend it to anyone looking ... Read more

    BJ

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  • My wife and I had our wedding ceremony and reception at this museum and have been very happy that we went with them. Our contact at the Museum was Ellen, and she has been prompt and responsive to all of our inquiries. The space that we used on the 5th floor was big enough for our wedding of 115 people, but they have an airwall that can expand the space to fit so many more. There is a lot of natural light coming in through a skylight as well as the large windows on one of the walls. There is also a balcony on that space which looks out to Independence Mall, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and even City Hall. They have been so flexible for us, and even allowed my wife and I to have a set aside space for our yichud right after the ceremony while our guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the 3rd floor. Going with NMAJH has been one of our best decisions when we planned this wedding.

    Luke

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  • We're so happy we had our wedding here! Ellen was flexible and responsive and the venue was truly unique and memorable in every way for a very reasonable price! We had our ceremony on the 5th floor, cocktail hour on the 3rd and reception back up on the 5th floor. The balcony made for some amazing backdrops for our photos and the location is one-of-a-kind. Couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else. A few pros: you can bring your own alcohol (saves you $$), Ellen provides you with a list of approved caterers (pick Sage!) and you can drop all of your decor and alcohol a few days prior in a loading dock and pick up after the party is over.

    User6519474

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  • I cannot speak highly enough of our experience at the NMAJH. It was the perfect venue for our October wedding. From the moment we met Ellen she was so wonderful and accommodating. She shared the dates that were available, one was a weekend in September but she said the Pope was coming so she would advise against it. I appreciate her being so upfront about that because had we picked that date we would have needed to switch it! Our wedding was so special and we love it because visits to NMAJH can be a continual reminder of our wedding. It was such a beautiful venue and very easy to work with. Ellen provided us with a list of approved vendors (although you can use vendors not on the list) and reached out a few weeks in advance and the week of to make sure everything was taken care of; she was also a wonderful resource for suggestions and questions. I would highly recommend NMAJH to any bride (and groom) looking for a venue that is really special and a little different than a cater... Read more

    User6182247

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  • I had my wedding (ceremony, cocktail, and reception) at the museum in September. I worked with Ellen and she was amazing. So flexible and helpful. I couldn't have asked for someone better to work with. I really felt like she cared that our day went well. As far as the venue itself, it was the first and only one my husband and I saw. We didn't want to make a rush decision, but we loved the modern look and once we saw the views and balconies we knew nothing else would compare for us. It was everything we were looking for. The wedding itself went smoothly and our guests loved the venue as well as the location - with so many great hotels, restaurants and bars, and of course the historical sites nearby it was the perfect location for our out-of-town guests who were spending a few days in Philly.

    Mandy

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  • The NMAJH is the perfect wedding and reception venue! We had a small wedding and initially thought the Museum could only accommodate large parties. We contacted Ellen, the Museum's facilities and events manager, who assured us that the venue was perfect for parties big and small. She was right. We looked at a few places before we went to visit the NMAJH, and as soon as we set foot in the space and met Ellen, we knew we had our venue. Ellen was extremely helpful and responsive. We had many questions and Ellen literally responded to every email within 15 minutes, and usually much less! She worked with us and our vendors to accommodate sight visits and to help make the event just what we wanted. The space in the museum is lovely by itself. We added a few touches and transformed it into an even more beautiful, elegant and intimate venue. The NMAJH was quite reasonably priced, and the cost included Chiavari chairs and the dance floor. We also like the fact that people of all f... Read more

    User6611308

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  • The venue was amazing and beautiful and perfect. I highly recommend it. The coordinator left much to be desired. My family and bridal party felt that she was rude, she did not respond to my emails and outreach the weekend of, and she was not at all helpful the day of. I was very disappointed. But the venue itself- magnificent! And if I had to (which I hope I never do!) I would get married here over again.

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