Looking for a wedding venue with a prime downtown Washington, DC address, historic, monumental architecture, and at a price you can afford?

Well, look no further because the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. is it.

This unique DC wedding venue is a perfect alternative to hotel ballrooms ~ and at a rental fee of only $5K, it is truly one of the most affordable places in the city, given the location, size, and overall look & feel of the venue.

Reception Rental Rates

4-hours of event time: (Plus 2 ½ hours to set-up prior to event and 1 ½ hours to break down after the event)

$5,000: Ballroom, Rotunda, and Boardroom with access to the kitchen for food service
$800: to add on the Portico and 16th Street Entrance
$1,000: to add on the Auditorium

(Additional hours may be pre purchased for $300/hour up to two-weeks prior to the event)

Capacities & Time Information:

Seated Reception: 170
Ceremony and Reception: 160

Events must conclude by 11:00pm on Sunday – Thursday and 12:00am on Friday and Saturday

Budget Friendliness Alert:***[The] venue is able to provide banquet tables and ballroom chairs based on availability and at no additional charge, please contact building management with your requirements.***

Contact Information:

Email: rentals@ciw.edu
Alexis Fleming, Special Events and Facility Coordinator – 202-939-1139
Laura Unterholzner, Special Events and Building Assistant – 202-939-1138

The Carnegie Institution for Science has a bunch more information, pictures, and even a virtual tour on their website! So be sure to click on over ~ and if you are interested, I would call ASAP, as I am sure this venue is in HIGH demand!

Here are a few of my other favorite images from the venue:

A vintage themed cocktail hour would be dynamite in here!

Doesn’t get much more “Washington, DC” than that!

Love this bar in the Board Room.

Let us know if you end up getting married at this venue! We would LOVE to feature some “Real Wedding” pictures from this awesome, alternative DC venue!


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