A wedding is a joyous occasion, and the right venue can keep your guests happy and entertained. For the more scientifically minded, a reception in a museum or zoo might be just the thing.

1. American Museum of Natural History 

What could be more romantic than getting married under the whale at the Museum of Natural History? The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life can accommodate over 3,000 guests and offers in-house catering. For added entertainment, the museum offers an exclusive screening of an IMAX film in the LeFrak Theater or a Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium. You can also plunder the gift store for party favors and centerpieces.

2. Boston Museum of Science

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Ever want to dine right next to a dinosaur? At the Boston Museum of Science, you can surround yourself with exhibits, or walk onto the balcony and enjoy the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The museum offers Wolfgang Puck catering and breathtaking sights. Larger parties have the option to rent out the entire museum.

3. MIT Chapel 

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This chapel, located on MIT’s campus, looks like something out of The Jetsons. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure is windowless and cylindrical. In the center, a skylight shines sunlight through a shimmering metal sculpture made by Harry Bertoia. Couples standing near it look like they are being abducted by a very beautiful alien spaceship.

 

4. Adventure Aquarium 

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Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey offers two locations within their park for weddings. Aptly named Currents Ballroom and Ocean Realm Gallery, these beautiful rooms offer aquatic views while you say your vows.  

5. Bronx Zoo 

The Bronx Zoo is the perfect location for animal lovers who wouldn't mind having a peacock walk through their ceremony. The zoo offers two locations to choose from: The Schiff Family Great Hall (which can hold 200 guests) or the Congo Gorilla Forest (which can accommodate 80 guests). Your guests can enjoy cocktails while ogling lemurs and Nile crocodiles. Even better, your wedding can help animals in need—all proceeds go to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

6. Franklin Institute 

The Franklin Institute offers wedding guests the chance to be surrounded by Philadelphia history and science. The bride and groom can say their vows on the rooftop, with a clear view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the reception features interactive exhibits and dancing under the stars of the planetarium. 

7. Adler Planetarium 

The Adler Planetarium offers many locations within its walls to hold your wedding, but nothing can beat the breathtaking view at Café Galileo's. The space provides guests with a panoramic look at the Chicago skyline thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. 

8. California Academy of Sciences

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The academy has a number of rooms to tie the knot in. You can get married under the stars in the planetarium, next to penguins in the Africa Hall, or shrouded in blue light in the Steinhart Aquarium. Docents on staff can walk guests through the exhibit and explain what they’re seeing. Depending on availability, they can also bring out snakes and lizards to the floor. Holding your wedding at the academy comes with a complimentary one-year membership.

9. Botanic Gardens 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers couples two options for venues: The Palm House or the Atrium. The iconic glass enclosure of the Palm House offers the perfect backdrop for a wedding, while the atrium has a bit more space and an outdoor terrace.