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James A. Michener Art Museum

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

James A. Michener Art Museum is where entertaining is an art form. Celebrate your wedding in sophisticated style, where the decor is incomparable and the experience nothing less than extraordinary.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a premier event space in Bucks County for weddings, private parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, and corporate events, is named for Doylestown's Pulitzer Prize-winning author and philanthropist, is ideally located in the heart of scenic Bucks County. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored historic site that in 1884 began as the Bucks County prison. The Michener Art Museum has been transformed into a welcoming center of culture and beauty, providing a dramatic and elegant setting in which to entertain.

The Museum's Edgar N. Putman Pavilion and Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden provide a wonderfully dramatic setting for every event. Exquisite weddings, picture-perfect bar and bat mitzvahs, intimate special occasions and corporate events alike will find Michener to be the perfect venue for a celebration.

The Pavilion opened in 2012 as an exciting new event space at the museum. This spectacular structure in the making features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and 22-foot-high ceilings, set within Michener's Pfundt Sculpture Garden. Meeting, marrying, dining, dancing, celebrating your special event within this contemporary, sleek and stylish new space mixed with the stunning outdoor setting of the sculpture garden will make your event at Michener an experience like no other. Inviting your guests to enjoy Michener's impressive art galleries during your event will make this an even more memorable and immersive occasion.

Catering by Design became an exclusive hospitality party to the Michener Museum beginning in 2017. 

In the spring of 1991, Catering By Design (CBD) came to life. And with it, came an entirely new way of entertaining that blended expertly prepared cuisine with a striking conceptual design. Since that time, we have crafted unforgettable events, unlike anything that had ever come before. This unique enterprise was founded by Peter Loevy, a graduate of Colgate University and The Restaurant School and a seasoned veteran of the restaurant and catering industry. This complementary combination of culinary, design and hospitality experiences has made Catering By Design Philadelphia’s preeminent event coordinators featuring a full-time design staff.

Catering By Design is the purposeful manifestation of pairing food and design in every last detail of an event. The menu, décor, entertainment, and facilities are all crafted specifically for each occasion. We approach every menu and design element with you in mind, integrating our flavors to represent you and your needs. We respect how flavors, like people, interact. This philosophy helps us execute each event with the perfect amount of style and flair, from understated and elegant to spectacular and dramatic. Contact Michener Museum today for more information about this Bucks County wedding venue or to schedule a tour!


I want to thank Terri Fair from Catering by Design for her attention to detail and support during the planning of Sarah and Dane's wedding. I was very happy with the organization of the entire process. Food was great, guests were happy. Everything turned out better than expected! Terri handled all of the details seamlessly! The Michener Art Museum was a fabulous venue. The outside courtyard was perfect for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The inside ballroom was beautiful and dramatic when lit up in the evening. At the end of the evening, all of our belongings were packed up and loaded into my car. As mother of the bride, I couldn't be happier with the entire experience! https://dawenhuangamiomiyaphotograph.shootproof.com/sarah-dane-preview

Marilyn G., Philadelphia

We'd highly recommend both CBD and the Michener as a venue. The museum space was gorgeous in late Spring, and was perfect for a ceremony/reception at the same site — easy to navigate, beautiful art and expansive spaces, and located near to Doylestown and lots of hotels and B&Bs.

Sara, Philadelphia

We had a great experience with Terri Fair and Catering By Design at our wedding at the Michener Museum this past October. They were able to work within our budget while still making the event fabulous and memorable! The evening went smoothly, the floral was beautiful and we received many compliments on the food!

Megan S., Bridgeport, PA

We had our wedding in the Pavillion at The James Michener Museum in October. The event was exactly what I had dreamed - flawless and stunning. Craig was so amazing to work with - from start to finish I felt at ease with the museum and catering. The food was more that I could have asked for - fantastic! It was a treat for my guests to have such amazing food. The Pavillion was so beautiful at night and dramatic- so elegant and breathtaking! 

A Happy Bride, Philadelphia, PA

Dear Craig: Many thanks to you for the countless ways you helped to make the November 3rd Medical Staff Gala a memorable affair. From our first meeting to our last, you have been gracious, accommodating and insightful every step of the way...a true professional. I would never have survived the planning and preparations without your calm, capable and reassuring guidance. Thank you! 

Deborah Derrick, Doylestown, PA

Hi Sue, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and everything you did for our wedding. We had a great time!!! Everyone raved about the food and the venue! Thank you for everything, Rachel

Rachel S., Plymouth Meeting, PA

Sue-I wanted to thank you again for all your help with our event last night. It really came together nicely and we appreciate all that went into it.

Shannon M., Doylestown, PA

Sue Cunnane, Amir and all the staff were professional, speedy and helpful. This was our third Jeffrey Miller affair. We were married at Aldie Mansion and also had my 40th b-day there. I can't sing Shelley Nohowel's praises high enough!! As people said, "the food this time was even better than before!" "How did they keep the salmon so tender and moist - in a buffet, no less!" "The greens were fabulous." As we have come to expect, the food and presentation were wonderful and Sue Cunnane was a top-notch event manager. She was responsive to all of my questions and requests. We had some logistical tricks to work out: how to design the room to give our young teens the illusion or privacy and how in the world to seat 177 people and have a buffet and cocktails set up! I know she was challenged, but she never let me know if she was ruffled! And the solutions worked beautifully. Also, she kept me up to date with the changes to the evening as they (one or two) arose. Our friends and family are still talking about what a wonderful time they had and most importantly, Isaiah had a wonderful day. We look to calling on JAM in the future.

Michelle B., Philadelphia
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Contact Person Lindsay Albert
Phone 267-785-0002
Address 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 18901
Is your facility handicapped accessible Yes
Is kosher catering available No
Is outside kosher catering permitted? Yes
Is the facility indoor only, outdoor only, or both? Indoor and Outdoor
Does your facility have guest rooms No
Does your facility have air conditioning Yes
Maximum capacity with dancing 160
Maximum capacity without dancing 220
Facility restrictions Please call.
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