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Top 10 Michigan Museums for Weddings

10 Michigan museums that are as great for weddings as they are for class trips.

Photo: Jill Lenkowski

The Public Museum

Wedding receptions at the Public Museum, a history and science museum in Grand Rapids, take place on the first floor. Guests get access to the carousel, the outdoor courtyard, and exhibits like “The Streets of Old Grand Rapids,” a re-creation of the city in the 1890s -- fitting for vintage-themed weddings. The space includes a built-in dance floor and can hold up to 275 guests. Have your ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Grand River, and use the museum's exclusive caterer. (616) 456-3977, GRMuseum.org

The Music House Museum

The Music House Museum in Acme will set up seating (for up to 80) on its main level for your ceremony. The hardwood floors and antique instruments make it a charming place for an intimate reception. Choose from the museum's list of preferred caterers or bring in anyone you wish. (231) 938-9300,MusicHouse.org

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills has both indoor weddings. Have your reception among the museum's collection of more than 70 cars, plus interactive, and historical exhibits. Or use the outdoor patio and host 300 guests for a sit-down dinner. Select from the site's approved caterers list. (248) 944-0439, ChryslerHeritage.com

The Cranbrook Institute of Science

Wedding guests at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to see Michigan's only full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton cast, enjoy the interactive exhibits, and take in the beauty of the outdoor science garden. The grounds are tent-worthy, so rent one from Cranbrook and have an outdoor wedding. Choose from the museum's list of preferred caterers. (248) 645-3164, Science. Cranbrook.edu

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

The Monroe Avenue Gallery at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids has 25-foot-high ceilings with lots of skylights and windows, creating great natural light for daytime weddings. Contemporary artwork covers the walls of the space, which seats 250, so you need little decor to dress it up. Bring your own caterer. (616) 454-7000 x20, UICA.org

The Windmill Island Gardens

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland is home to a 240-yearold working Dutch windmill. Have your wedding ceremony in the Wedding Gazebo among the lakes and green gardens; then move over to the Celebration Pavilion (basically a tent with hardwood floors) for your reception of up to 300 guests. Pick a caterer from the site's list of approved ones. (616) 928-0585, WindmillIsland.org

The Castle Museum

The Castle Museum building in Saginaw was modeled after a French chateau and was the post office in the late nineteenth century. Its spacious Centennial Hall seats 130 guests and offers amazing views of the castle's garden through floor-to-ceiling arched windows. The Castle Annex's open space lets you make it your own. It can seat 150. Bring in any caterer you like. (989) 752-2861 x315, CastleMuseum.org

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Though you'd probably have your ceremony somewhere else, the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit has four beautiful wedding reception spaces that can seat up to 300 guests. Have your fiesta in Rivera Court, where murals painted by Mexican painter Diego Rivera decorate the walls. The site caters your reception. (313) 833-1925, DIA.org

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Have your wedding at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and you can rent the entire place, which has more than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits for guests to explore, and a primary-colored exterior that looks like a crayon box (in a good way). It can fit 125 guests for a sit-down reception near exhibits of your choice. Hire any caterer that you wish. (734) 995-5439, AAHOM.org

The Henry Ford

With plenty of options for receptions and ceremonies, The Henry Ford in Dearborn offers something for every couple. Get married on stage in the gilded Sally & Wendell Anderson Theater. Afterward, move to the Museum Plaza, which can hold 700 guests, for a party under a DC-3 airplane that hangs from the ceiling. Or have your ceremony in the more intimate Martha-Mary Chapel -- it looks like a nineteenth-century New England church and seats 125. Perk: The on-site chef uses local foods. (313) 982-6220, TheHenryFord.org

-- Jaimie Dalessio