One of the most impressive local NC wedding venues is 21c Museum Hotel Durham. We at team Heart of NC Weddings were so thrilled when the 21c boutique hotel family decided to bring a property to Durham, NC. Along with their brand, they brought a fine dining experience, art and culture, and beautiful new event spaces. We frequent 21c’s exhibits, restaurant and bar. We’ve spent the night and attended events. And we can guarantee it is one of the best event venues in Durham!
The cool thing about weddings at 21c Durham is that they have both classic and uber modern event spaces! The hotel is in a historic building that used to be a bank. In fact, the developers of 21c preserved the downstairs vault – and it is available for intimate event space in Durham – or, a really cool place to take some wedding portraits!
Most wedding ceremonies and receptions at 21c Durham will take place in its large classic ballroom. Its wooden paneled walls and columns are made airy by the tall ceilings and windows, and large funky lighting fixtures add a modern flair. Weddings for up to 250 guests can take place in this room, which has a historic vibe.
The 21c Durham art galleries themselves are also available for wedding and event rentals. Most often, for a large wedding, this space would be used for a cocktail hour, and guests can mingle and enjoy the art before moving to the ballroom. However, this is a fabulous place to host a smaller event.
The on site restaurant, Counting House, has an incredible culinary team that will prepare a wedding menu specifically tailored to your needs.
This restaurant is also a venue unto itself. It’s high walls and breathtaking art instillations make a very cool ambiance. There are semi private, and private spaces within Counting House. Consider this chic downtown Durham Restaurant for your rehearsal dinner!