The New Children’s Museum.

People have always been fascinated by what happens during Night at the Museum.

San Diego residents are familiar with The New Children’s Museum downtown as an engaging and educational place to immerse children in art and the creative process. What people may not know is what happens after the Museum closes. The Museum has become an increasingly popular and creative venue for corporate events, weddings, proms and school dances, bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras and evening cocktail parties.

One of the biggest areas of growth has been weddings. The Museum is on track to host 30 weddings in 2018, a number that has steadily increased year over year. Working closely with brides and grooms, the Museum transforms its 50,000 square foot multi-level space for each special event. The ceremonies are held in the Museum and outside in the adjacent park, with receptions taking place inside the Museum. The 50-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, one-of-a-kind art installations and outside patios create an ideal setting for wedding receptions.

“Having a wedding reception amidst contemporary art and playful surroundings really appeals to brides and grooms,” Kerri Fox, VP Marketing + Communications who oversees the events team shared with Giving Back Magazine. “Our stunning building really lends itself to beautiful, unique and memorable experiences.”

As part of its birthday year (35 years in San Diego and 10 years as The New Children’s Museum), couples who held their wedding at the Museum in the past 10 years were invited to an Inaugural Wedding Anniversary Brunch. While some couples had already returned since their wedding with their children (a free membership is part of the wedding package), some are seeing it again for the first time since their big day. The Inaugural Wedding Anniversary Brunch (held just after this article came out) hosted over 50 couples. Honored guests at the brunch included the very first couple to get married in the Museum, Amber Cyphers and Mattheus Stephens.

“We chose The New Children’s Museum as the setting for our wedding because we wanted it to be different, full of art, friends and fun,” shared Amber Cyphers Stephens, celebrating her 10th anniversary with her husband Mattheus this year. “We ended up having an extraordinary evening in a beautiful, whimsical place, and somehow they made it seem easy. We couldn’t be happier to be back to celebrate, almost 10 years to the day since we first said I do.”

The Museum is also getting ready for its annual benefit event, Studio 200 on Island, to be held November 10. The Museum has chosen Totally 80s Birthday Bash as the theme, giving a nod to the decade the Museum first opened. More detail in next month’s issue.