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4 Great Reasons to Spend Your Night (or Day) at the Museum




Whether it's an art museum, museum of natural history, or some other unique cultural institute, these breathtaking buildings really come alive for special events. Here are some of the main benefits they offer to you and your guests:



1. Built-in decor: No budget for fancy art installations for your gala? At a museum, that's no problem. Often housed in historic buildings, the gilded architecture speaks for itself with any variety of marble accents, high ceilings, regal pillars, and domed or cathedral ceilings. One Unique Venues member, the Canadian Museum of History, was even named one of the 10 most beautiful buildings in the world. If you choose an art museum, there's also the added benefit of having paintings already hung on the walls for you.

2. Special exhibits experiences: After-hours occasions are particularly thrilling at museums. After the doors close to the public, the grounds are yours to explore: Host a plated dinner in the main hall, set up cocktail parties near special exhibits, and encourage guests to mix and mingle while taking in all the artifacts. "Museums really allow you to give your guests a new experience, which can be great for ice breakers and creating conversations," says Bruce Garvey, with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "Walking and moving is key in creating great networking opportunities."

3. Location, location, location: Because they are often tourist attractions, most museums are located in larger metropolitan areas, which means that transportation opportunities will be abundant, and there will be much to explore outside the front doors. "Museums in general showcase the best a city has to offer, and are usually located in central locations," says Garvey.

4. Easy operation: Just like traditional event venues, museums have whole departments dedicated to planning logistics and can act as your very own personal guide. "We have in-house logistical, technical, and catering services that can result in a 'turn-key' experience for our clientele," says Isabelle Lamoureux, with the Canadian Museum of History. "We also supply the expert services of a museum production coordinator to help you best plan and execute your event."
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