With a rich history and a beautiful space both indoors and out, the Heurich House Museum is one of the most unique venues in Washington, D.C. Kimberly Bender, the Director of Operations at the Heurich House Museum, beautifully describes the space and tells us about the building’s past…
The Heurich House Museum was built by Washington, D.C.’s most successful beer brewer, Christian Heurich. (Fun Fact, huh?!) His home retains so many of the original details and furnishings and it is now considered one of the most intact Victorian houses in the country.
Stepping into the museum is like stepping back in time to the late 19th century. From the fifteen fireplaces with original mantles and fire-backs, ceiling murals, and intricately hand-carved woodwork, to the sunny Conservatory with red “flash glass” panes, to Heurich’s bierstube – his tavern room where he used to entertain friends with beer and cards-, the building is a hidden gem like nothing you have seen before, right off Dupont Circle.
The convenient location – only two short blocks from Dupont Circle – makes this spot great for a wedding of many different sizes and styles. A wedding ceremony of up to 200 people can be held in the secret urban “Castle Garden”, a peaceful space in the back of the property that features the original iron gate, Victorian benches, lush grass, tress, and flowering plants. Depending on the size of the wedding, the ceremony can be held in larger front garden or in the back garden near the original Carriage House next to our Victorian fountain.
Photo Credits: Live It Out Photography
For smaller weddings of up to 65 people, there is also the option of holding the ceremony in our Conservatory, an open bright space with large windows that overlook the garden and side street.
Any special event rental at the Heurich House includes access to all parts of the museum that are generally open for public tours. This means that a reception can utilize the garden (with or without tent, depending on the weather) and the Conservatory, as well as our Dining Room (for buffet service), the Exhibit Gallery (for a bar space), and guests can wander through the house. The Heurich House also provides museum Docents that help facilitate the movement of guests through the house and who answer questions and provide historic information about the museum rooms.
Photo Credit: Pat Padua
Because the Heurich House is a historic structure, the Heurich House must make sure that all vendors are trained to work in the space. Therefore, the only caterers allowed to work at special events are those listed on the preferred vendor list.