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The Carnegie Institution for Science (not the Carnegie Institute for Science or the Carnegie Science Institute – I’ve made that mistake) is an historic neoclassical building straddling the line between the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods of Washington DC. Construction was completed in 1908 and it served as the administrative building for Andrew Carnegie’s institution dedicated to scientific advancement.

Cocktail Hour Topic Idea: Scientists at this institution helped enable the mass production of penicillin.

Pro Tip: If you want to give off that whole “sophisticated” vibe, “Carnegie” is pronounced “kahr-ney-gee” and not “kahr-ni-gee” (at least according to NPR).

About the Carnegie Institution for Science

The building features “[a] palatial portico entrance, decorative carved moulding, mahogany wood walls and pristine marble floors. Who doesn’t love mahogany? And pristine marble floors are far superior to marble floors that need a good sweeping.

How much does a Carnegie Institution for Science wedding cost?

The 2020 rental rates are as follows:

High Season

The high season consists of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November.

  • Friday: $7,200
  • Saturday: $8,500
  • Sunday: $7,200

The Low Season

The low season includes January, February, July, August, and December.

  • Friday: $6,400
  • Saturday: $7,600
  • Sunday: $6,400

2020 Carnegie Institution of Science Wedding Cost

FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
January
February
$6,400$7,600$6,400
March
April
May
June
$7,200$8,500$7,200
July
August
$6,400$7,600$6,400
September
October
November
$7,200$8,500$7,200
December$6,400$7,600$6,400

All three days include a 5.5 hour time block for your wedding and reception. Your vendors can load-in up to 3 hours in advance, and must load-out within 1.5 hours of the end of the wedding on Saturdays and Sundays. Fridays have a 2.5 hour load-in and the same 1.5 hour load-out.

Weddings held on federal holidays or a holiday weekend may incur an additional fee.

Their event team is so on top of things that they’ve already posted the rates for 2021 and 2022, which you can see below:

2021 Carnegie Institution of Science Wedding Cost

FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
January
February
$6,700$8,000$6,700
March
April
May
June
$7,500$8,800$7,500
July
August
$6,700$8,000$6,700
September
October
November
$7,500$8,800$7,500
December$6,700$8,000$6,700

2022 Carnegie Institution of Science Wedding Cost

FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
January
February
$7,000$8,500$7,000
March
April
May
June
$8,000$9,500$8,000
July
August
$7,000$8,000$7,000
September
October
November
$8,000$9,500$8,000
December$7,000$8,000$7,000

The Spaces

The building itself has a variety of spaces to use for your wedding and can accommodate up to 150 wedding guests for the ceremony and reception. You’ll have complete access to the Ballroom, Rotunda, Boardroom, Mayor Room, Library and Portico.

You can also rent the auditorium for an additional $1,000.

Interested in having your wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science?

You can send a message to their event team here or give them a call at 202-387-6400.

They are located at 1530 P Street NW Washington DC 20005.


I’m Chris and I’m a Washington DC wedding photographer. My mission is to capture bold, modern, and distinctive photos for unconventional couples. I want to make you look epic, awesome, amazing, beautiful, and dapper – all the things you like and none of the things you don’t. Most importantly, I want to capture what makes you you.

If this sounds like you and your partner, I’d love to hear more about your dream wedding! Please reach out to me regarding availably and pricing. You can also e-mail me at chris@chrisferenzi.com.

You can see the pricing and details for other Washington DC wedding venues here.

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