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Her Wedding series: a venue by the water

Laura Peppas

With its striking architecture and sweeping views of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum of Australia is the “perfect choice” for brides and grooms this wedding season, says Broadbean Catering’s Anthony Barhoush.

“So many people who come to visit the space remark on how unique it is,” Anthony says.

“People love that it’s right on the water, as it’s one of the few venues in Canberra that caters for up to 400 people that’s right on the lake’s edge.”

Wedding at dusk

A beautiful wedding overlooking the lake at dusk.


Nestled amongst sprawling trees on the Acton Peninsula, the Museum’s striking architecture was designed to resemble knotted ropes symbolising stories that have tangled together to create the nation’s collective story.

“The architecture provides the perfect backdrop for photographs, and if couples want to have their ceremony onsite too, they won’t have to leave the location,” says Anthony.

Peninsula Room Wedding

With one of three rooms to choose from the Peninsula room’s views are magnificent.


Couples can choose between three rooms for their big day: the Bay Window room, which seats around 100, the Peninsula Room, which fits up to 200, and the architecturally impressive Hall, which seats up to 400.

Both the Peninsula and Bay Window rooms offer floor to ceiling windows with views of Canberra’s iconic lake and Parliament House, and provide guests with exclusive use of an external deck for pre-dinner canapés.

Tomato, basil & taleggio tartlet

Scrumptious tomato, basil & taleggio tartlet are just one of several canape options on the menu.


And to make sure your reception is extra special, the venue only books one wedding per night.

We are here to remove the hassle and stress that is often involved when planning wedding – our commitment is to make this special day memorable and to ensure that every detail is seamlessly arranged,” Anthony says.

Another highlight of booking a wedding with the National Museum is the catering.

Tarator style Salmon with roasted vegetable cous cous (2)

Fresh and full of flavour—the Tarator style Salmon with roasted vegetables and cous cous.

Partnering with the Museum last year, Broadbean Catering has established itself as a sought-after caterer with a reputation for delicious food and outstanding service.

Gin & citrus Atlantic salmon

Colourful and vibrant, the Gin & Citrus Atlantic salmon is a beautiful addition to any wedding menu.


“We have won awards for ACT Wedding Caterer of the Year, ACT Caterer of the Year and ACT Venue Caterer of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, so we have a proven track record of delivering our services to the highest standards,” says Anthony.

Caramelised onion & Meredith goat cheese galette with pear & rocket salad

Caramelised onion & Meredith goat cheese galette with pear & rocket salad


“We are passionate about great food, and this is reflected in our innovative menus that focus on fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce.”

choc tart with gold leaf

The perfect dessert for any bride with a sweet tooth…Choc Tart with gold leaf.


According to Anthony, bookings for 2016 are filling up fast at the Museum, with one super-organised bride even booking her reception for 2017.

“I think the photographs speak for themselves and show why this has been, and will continue to be, Canberra’s most popular and unique wedding venues,” Anthony says.

For more information on wedding packages at the NMA, visit the NMA website.


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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