Weddings & Receptions Cleveland History Center

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The seven acre campus of the Cleveland History Center in University Circle provides an elegant backdrop for your wedding and reception as guests enjoy stunning decor, classic architecture, and historic collections.


Nestled in the heart of University Circle's cultural hub, the Cleveland History Center is an elegant wedding venue in Cleveland, OH. Part of The Western Reserve Historical Society, this is a venue unlike any other. The center is a treasure trove of classic architectural details and historical collections, offering distinctive settings for sophisticated soirees. Intimate gatherings and lavish events can enjoy a wealth of unique spaces, from the lush courtyard to the nostalgic interiors of the glass pavilion. Whether you have a taste for ornate design or a deep appreciation for classic cars, this eclectic venue has the space for you.

The Cleveland History Center personifies versatility and diversity. Boasting seven acres of stunning backdrops amid a beautiful array of indoor and outdoor locations, you are guaranteed to find the suitable space to bring your vision to fruition. The Hanna Courtyard Garden is an idyllic outdoor setting with luscious greenery and historic stonework. The area is comfortably suited for micro weddings or cocktail receptions of up to 200 guests, including access to the indoor gallery. Within The Norton Gallery, 130 seated friends and family can enjoy a delightful banquet surrounded by enticing exhibitions. Inside, the Crawford Rotunda is a celebration of vintage cars and antique motors. Immersed in Ohio's rich transportation history, 500 guests can soak in the collection with signature drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Hay-Mckinney Mansion is the height of Guilded Age decor with access to the impressive Hay Vanderbrook Garden. Its reception hall and formal dining room are perfect for micro weddings, while the garden can accommodate 80 guests for a personal ceremony. Nearby, an open lawn space is available for a standout tented reception.

The Cleveland History Center is a spectacular setting for receptions, ceremonies, renewals, and micro-wedding events. The staff is ready and waiting for you to make your first steps towards achieving a timeless wedding event. Dedicated to milestones, this team can assist you with any detail needed for your day, including valet parking, catering, and decorations. The venue also provides access to a large selection of outside vendors with extensive experience transforming its distinct spaces. From traditional tastes to forward-thinking visions, the center's online little white book of chosen vendors has something for you.

Client Testimonials

"Guests raved about how cool our venue was at the Cleveland History Center! It was a really beautiful and unique space for our wedding ceremony and reception!"

- Kate M., June 2023


"We booked the Cleveland History Center for our September 2022 wedding and it was a fantastic venue. I hadn’t heard about or been to this museum before despite being from the Cleveland area. It is also more cost effective when compared to similar venues. Our ceremony was in the Hanna Garden but we got a lot of amazing photos in different areas throughout the museum."

- Carolyn F.


"We used CHC for our wedding ceremony and reception and the event was a dream. Our guests were entertained and interested. The decor for the wedding was so easy because the space is so beautiful to begin with."

- Kristen W.

Western Reserve Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio, the region's largest American history research center, and one of the leading genealogical research centers in the nation.

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Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106 ↗

(216) 721-5722

Thursday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm