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The most beautiful, historic places to get married in Philly

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Editor's note: This article was last published in May 2018 and has since been updated with the most recent information.

In a city as old as Philadelphia, there’s no shortage of beautiful places to get married that are also steeped in history. There is, of course, City Hall and the Horticultural Center. But have you ever considered saying “I do” in an old prison? Or maybe you’d prefer to stick to a greener venue; Bartram’s Garden has you covered there.

Whether you want to go the more traditional route or get hitched off the beaten path, here are 22 venues in Philly are all beautiful and historic places to get hitched.

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1. Philadelphia City Hall

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1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 686-0321
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Yes, you can get married at any city hall, but Philly's takes the cake. It's the largest city building in the country, and offers gorgeous interiors and exteriors for wedding photos after the ceremony.

2. College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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19 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-3737
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Most know this place as the Mutter Museum, with its glass-enclosed wall of skulls and medical oddities, but the New Beaux-Arts style building can be rented out for your wedding day for a truly unique setting (no skulls involved).

3. Stotesbury Mansion

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1923 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

How fitting it is to get hitched in the very mansion that was built in 1870 for Henry McKean as a wedding present. Fun fact: During the Prohibition, a mirror maze and hidden doors were installed to cover up the crazy parties that took place here.

4. Colonial Dames

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1630 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The headquarters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Pennsylvania is tucked away on Latimer Street and dates back to 1923. The HQ's four-season garden, where many of weddings take place, was designed by one of the first female landscape architects, Marion Coffin.

5. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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128 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 972-7600
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This historic building designed by Frank Furness houses an immense collection of American art within its stunning interiors—and all of your guests will be able to ogle it while you get hitched. Plus: The whole space is yours for the entire day.

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6. The Curtis Center

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601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The historic Curtis Center on Washington Square can host 175-500 guests in its jaw-droppingly beautiful atrium. And the 750-square-foot Tiffany mosaic makes for a perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

7. Physick House

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321 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This historic home of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, who treated high-profile patients like President Andrew Jackson, rents out its lovely digs for weddings. Sorry, but no dancing allowed inside the home—that's limited to the garden.

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8. Powel House

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244 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-0364
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This historic home of power couple Samuel and Elizabeth Powel was a popular spot for entertaining notables like President George Washington and his wife Martha. Like the Physick House (above), dancing is only permitted in the gardens.

9. Christ Church

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20 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1695
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This historic church in Old City was frequented by the likes of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and other patriots during its heyday. It was founded in 1695 and the beautiful sounds of the church bells (brought over from England in the 18th Century) would accent a truly historic Philly wedding.

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10. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

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1723 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 561-1313
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This immense Catholic cathedral took nearly two decades to build—1846-1864—and was designed by architect Napolean LeBrun, while Constantino Brumidi is responsible for its stunning interiors. If you want to say, "I do," here, you'll have to act fast to get on its 2018 waiting list—a minimum of six months’ notice are required.

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11. The Franklin Institute

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222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200
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Want to get hitched in the science museum that you frequented on countless school trips growing up? Ben Franklin would approve. In addition to the beautiful atrium, you can also get married on the rooftop deck that overlooks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

12. Philadelphia Museum of Art

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art only recently offered up its historic space as a wedding venue, perfect for couples looking for a place that marries art and architecture. For a smaller, more intimate weddings, check out the nearby Rodin Museum and Art Deco Perelman Building, also run by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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13. Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

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640 Water Works Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-9000
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Sitting along the water, you’d be convinced you were enjoying a wedding on the Tiber in Rome, it’s that gorgeous. But it’s also uniquely Philly. With views of Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Center City skyline, it's no wonder that the historic Fairmount Waterworks is one of the most popular historic wedding spots in the city.

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14. Eastern State Penitentiary

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2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-3300
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You and your S.O. will make quite the statement getting theoretically locked down in this historic prison. The cellblocks are lit by LED lights for the event, showing off the penitentiary's impressive architecture.

15. Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

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N Horticultural Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

This Fairmount Park greenhouse is seriously something special, with both indoor and outdoor space, but If you want to get married in this gorgeous setting, act fast—so does everyone else.

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16. Belmont Mansion

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2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Considered one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the country, this mansion in Fairmount Park dates back to the early 18th century. Today, it serves as a museum for the Underground Railroad, and offers tremendous city skyline views from its plateau.

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17. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000
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With 300,000 square feet of space, there are plenty of gorgeous atriums, halls, and gallery rooms to get hitched. The courtyard offers a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos, too.

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18. The Woodlands

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4000 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 386-2181
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Don't think of it as a cemetery—think of it as the original neoclassical home of William Hamilton. Its gardens were once described as rivals to those of England, by Thomas Jefferson. The stable is also available for rent.

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19. Bartram's Garden

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54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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This 45-acre National Historic Landmark on the west banks of the Schuylkill River offers a country setting for weddings while still in city limits. Bonus: there’s plenty of places to stroll and explore around the gardens.

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20. Morris Arboretum

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100 E Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-5777
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When you get married at this historic arboretum in Chestnut Hill, all 92 acres are yours alone for the day. The ceremony can take place on the grounds, while the reception moves over to the 100-year-old carriage house. Don't worry: There's a golf cart to help you cover all that ground that day.

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21. Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

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916 S Swanson St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 389-1513
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Also known as Old Swedes', this Episcopal church dates back to 1698, which means you'd be getting married in one of the oldest churches and buildings in Philly. Fun fact: Betsy Ross married Joseph Ashbourn here in 1777.

The exterior of Gloria Dei Church Historic Site in Philadelphia. The facade is grey and white. There is a red brick path and a graveyard in front of the church. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

22. Glen Foerd Mansion

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5001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114

This gorgeous and historic mansion is the only estate located right on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. It seats up to 350 guests.

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1. Philadelphia City Hall

1 Penn Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Yes, you can get married at any city hall, but Philly's takes the cake. It's the largest city building in the country, and offers gorgeous interiors and exteriors for wedding photos after the ceremony.

1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102

2. College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Most know this place as the Mutter Museum, with its glass-enclosed wall of skulls and medical oddities, but the New Beaux-Arts style building can be rented out for your wedding day for a truly unique setting (no skulls involved).

19 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. Stotesbury Mansion

1923 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

How fitting it is to get hitched in the very mansion that was built in 1870 for Henry McKean as a wedding present. Fun fact: During the Prohibition, a mirror maze and hidden doors were installed to cover up the crazy parties that took place here.

1923 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Colonial Dames

1630 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The headquarters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Pennsylvania is tucked away on Latimer Street and dates back to 1923. The HQ's four-season garden, where many of weddings take place, was designed by one of the first female landscape architects, Marion Coffin.

1630 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This historic building designed by Frank Furness houses an immense collection of American art within its stunning interiors—and all of your guests will be able to ogle it while you get hitched. Plus: The whole space is yours for the entire day.

128 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. The Curtis Center

601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The historic Curtis Center on Washington Square can host 175-500 guests in its jaw-droppingly beautiful atrium. And the 750-square-foot Tiffany mosaic makes for a perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. Physick House

321 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Visit Philly

This historic home of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, who treated high-profile patients like President Andrew Jackson, rents out its lovely digs for weddings. Sorry, but no dancing allowed inside the home—that's limited to the garden.

321 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Powel House

244 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This historic home of power couple Samuel and Elizabeth Powel was a popular spot for entertaining notables like President George Washington and his wife Martha. Like the Physick House (above), dancing is only permitted in the gardens.

244 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. Christ Church

20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Courtesy of Norman Maddeaux/Flickr

This historic church in Old City was frequented by the likes of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and other patriots during its heyday. It was founded in 1695 and the beautiful sounds of the church bells (brought over from England in the 18th Century) would accent a truly historic Philly wedding.

20 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

1723 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Flickr/Joe Coyle

This immense Catholic cathedral took nearly two decades to build—1846-1864—and was designed by architect Napolean LeBrun, while Constantino Brumidi is responsible for its stunning interiors. If you want to say, "I do," here, you'll have to act fast to get on its 2018 waiting list—a minimum of six months’ notice are required.

1723 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Want to get hitched in the science museum that you frequented on countless school trips growing up? Ben Franklin would approve. In addition to the beautiful atrium, you can also get married on the rooftop deck that overlooks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art only recently offered up its historic space as a wedding venue, perfect for couples looking for a place that marries art and architecture. For a smaller, more intimate weddings, check out the nearby Rodin Museum and Art Deco Perelman Building, also run by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

13. Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sitting along the water, you’d be convinced you were enjoying a wedding on the Tiber in Rome, it’s that gorgeous. But it’s also uniquely Philly. With views of Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Center City skyline, it's no wonder that the historic Fairmount Waterworks is one of the most popular historic wedding spots in the city.

640 Water Works Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130

14. Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

You and your S.O. will make quite the statement getting theoretically locked down in this historic prison. The cellblocks are lit by LED lights for the event, showing off the penitentiary's impressive architecture.

2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

15. Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

This Fairmount Park greenhouse is seriously something special, with both indoor and outdoor space, but If you want to get married in this gorgeous setting, act fast—so does everyone else.

N Horticultural Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

16. Belmont Mansion

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Considered one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the country, this mansion in Fairmount Park dates back to the early 18th century. Today, it serves as a museum for the Underground Railroad, and offers tremendous city skyline views from its plateau.

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

17. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

With 300,000 square feet of space, there are plenty of gorgeous atriums, halls, and gallery rooms to get hitched. The courtyard offers a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos, too.

3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

18. The Woodlands

4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Don't think of it as a cemetery—think of it as the original neoclassical home of William Hamilton. Its gardens were once described as rivals to those of England, by Thomas Jefferson. The stable is also available for rent.

4000 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

19. Bartram's Garden

54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143
The exterior of a stone house in Philadelphia. There is a path with grass and shrubs on both sides in front of the house. The house has a grey roof. Photo by Kory Aversa

This 45-acre National Historic Landmark on the west banks of the Schuylkill River offers a country setting for weddings while still in city limits. Bonus: there’s plenty of places to stroll and explore around the gardens.

54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

20. Morris Arboretum

100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
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When you get married at this historic arboretum in Chestnut Hill, all 92 acres are yours alone for the day. The ceremony can take place on the grounds, while the reception moves over to the 100-year-old carriage house. Don't worry: There's a golf cart to help you cover all that ground that day.

100 E Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

21. Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
The exterior of Gloria Dei Church Historic Site in Philadelphia. The facade is grey and white. There is a red brick path and a graveyard in front of the church. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Also known as Old Swedes', this Episcopal church dates back to 1698, which means you'd be getting married in one of the oldest churches and buildings in Philly. Fun fact: Betsy Ross married Joseph Ashbourn here in 1777.

916 S Swanson St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

22. Glen Foerd Mansion

5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114
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This gorgeous and historic mansion is the only estate located right on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. It seats up to 350 guests.

5001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114