Artistic and Historic Wedding Venues in CT

CT is home to several great artistic and historic wedding venues. In this category, museums reign supreme, with many in the state offering their space up to host weddings often. Here’s a list of awesome artistic and historic wedding venues in Connecticut.

1. Connecticut River Museum (Essex)

Also beautifully situated right on the water, Connecticut River Museum in Essex masters the art of simple, elegant weddings. Although it’s most popular for its outdoor weddings of up to about 150 people, this venue is also capable of serving you and your guests inside the museum itself.

It may interest you to know that Connecticut River Museum only hosts about five weddings per year. If being exclusive is something you care about, give this venue a look.

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A bride and groom hold hands with serious looks at Connecticut River Museum, a historic wedding venue in Connecticut.
Connecticut River Museum

2. Kehler Liddel Gallery (New Haven)

The contemporary Kehler Liddel Gallery in New Haven’s Westville area doubles as a 2000 square-foot wedding venue. Since this place is actually a privately-owned gallery, beautiful artwork will surround your wedding celebration. The venue apparently offers four- and eight-hour wedding packages to couples.

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3. The Bushnell (Hartford)

Naturally, The Bushnell is a CT wedding venue for performing arts and stage lovers. With its several halls and rooms, you can have a very impressive affair here. The stage lighting is a photographer’s dream. A large place, The Bushnell can accommodate weddings of up to 275 people. Exclusive catering partner MAX Catering & Events handles the food.

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4. New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)

New Britain Museum of American Art is another museum-type place to get married in Connecticut. This organization’s origins are in the early 20th century and many artistic works fill the museum. This venue offers its Sylvia Bonney Halcyon Lounge for intimate events of up to 50 people and its Stanley Works Center for seated receptions of up to 100.

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5. Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington)

A beautiful mansion turned museum located in Farmington, Hill-Stead Museum now hosts weddings for up to 100 guests inside and 400 people outside. The grounds are exquisite, providing panoramic views of the 150-acre estate-style property. This venue encourages you to hire a wedding planner for your event here; this makes sense given all the great nooks and crannies Hill-Stead has for entertaining your guests.

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6. Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury)

“The cultural destination in the center of Waterbury,” Mattatuck Musuem (also known as The Matt) contains tons of artistic beauty for weddings as intimate as 30 people up to those as large as 180 people in size. Featuring exciting architecture, there are multiple spaces and configurations possible. This includes a cool rooftop terrace.

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The Society Room of Hartford

7. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (Norwalk)

One of the more interesting artistic places to get married in Connecticut, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is also a National Historic Landmark. It’s a museum in a mansion, the beautiful building and grounds can handle up to 150 for a seated reception, with multiple spaces and configurations possible.

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8. Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London)

Another Connecticut wedding venue specifically for art lovers, Lyman Allyn Art Museum is conveniently located in New London. The Four rental spaces on the museum’s property allow you to customize your wedding day experience. In addition to the indoor art collection, the outdoor grounds make this an ideal historic wedding venues in Connecticut.

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9. Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford)

Combining art with downtown Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum is among the more unique places to get married in CT. Art lovers will rejoice in the beautiful Avery Court and various other halls and areas. Conveniently, this urban venue can accommodate intimate and large weddings alike, up to 350 people.

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10. Broad Brook Opera House (Broad Brook)

An actual live stage operation since 1892, Broad Brook Opera House hosts everything from comedy shows to 90s music cover bands. But this location also doubles as a wedding venue. This setting is great for intimate weddings for lovers of the performing arts.

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11. Palace Theater (Waterbury)

Probably the quintessential stage or theater Connecticut wedding venue, Palace Theater is like getting married on Broadway. To illustrate: this venue has three lobbies and even welcomes receptions on the actual theater stage itself. Of course, it also has all of the usual theater trimmings like gold leaf ceilings and velvet curtains.

Accommodating up to 225 people, this venue is the stage lovers’ dream venue. Weddings at Palace Theater get you nine of hours of total time, including five hours of actual entertaining and partying (the rest of the time is for setup and breakdown).

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Webb Barn

12. Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Stamford)

Stamford Museum & Nature Center offers versatility: it’s two beautiful wedding venues in one (with closeness to New York City).

The European-themed Bendel Mansion is a former private residence from the 19th century, complete with multiple statues, a fountain, and ornate trimmings inside. On the other hand, the laid-back Knobloch Family Farmhouse is a new structure with a modern New England farm feel.

Both locations on the property can accommodate 150 people. Also unique among wedding venues in CT, Stamford Museum & Nature Center has everything from animals to water features for your wedding day.

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13. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford)

Located next door to famous Harkness, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is another great stage-themed place to get married in Connecticut. This is a big one, accommodating up to 300 people for your wedding day. And just like Harkness, you’ll enjoy beautiful water views of Long Island Sound during your wedding at The O’Neill.

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Additional Artistic and Historic Wedding Venues in CT

Essex Station, Mystic Seaport, Webb Barn, The Society Room of Hartford

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