Turner Hall Ballroom
A Turner Hall Wedding is perfect for couples looking for a historic and edgy space in downtown Milwaukee. It offers a blank canvas for you to express your unique tastes and create a truly one of a kind wedding.
Constructed in 1882, Turner Hall began as a showplace for the panoramic painters and other German immigrant artists. They dominated the Milwaukee art scene until the 1920s. It is the only building in Milwaukee that currently holds the three following honorary architectural and historical designations:
- a National Landmark
- a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places
- a local Historical Landmark
Located in the heart of downtown, across from the Bradley Center, the two-story, 7,000 – plus square foot Ballroom is a central hub for a vast array of events in the city of Milwaukee. Turner Hall features a variety of customizable options, from bar packages to catering, that make your wedding as unique as the space that’s hosting it.
Frequently asked questions about a Turner Hall Wedding
What parts of Turner Hall does my rental include?
You have access to the Ballroom level (2nd floor) and the balcony level that overlooks the Ballroom floor (3rd floor). Please note that the Turner Hall Restaurant (1st floor) and Turner Hall Climbing Gym (basement) are not operated by the Pabst Theater Foundation and would need to be rented separately.
Where can my guests park?
There are two parking lots on either side of Turner Hall, as well as a parking structure next to the building. This is all paid, public parking that is available to your guests. Rates are determined by events going on across the street at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. They offer the option to purchase a select number of spots for vendors or close family members in the lot on the North side of Turner Hall to ensure that those people are able to park as close as possible. Also, the venue is within blocks from many of the hotels downtown, so shuttle service or cabs are a great option.
Is there on site catering?
No. Turner Hall encourages you to choose any licensed caterer that best fits your personality and your wedding. While catering is brought in through an outside source, please note that drink service must go through Turner Hall Ballroom. They have a number of bar package options for you to select from to ensure that all of your beverage needs are met.
Do I have to use vendors from the Turner Hall vendor list?
No, but Turner Hall works often (and enjoys it!) with each vendor featured on the list. They highly recommend using any of them due to their familiarity with Turner Hall Ballroom’s facilities and procedures. That being said, they understand that you may want to personalize your experience as much as possible, and for that reason, you are able to use vendors outside of those that are featured.
Is there an on site coordinator?
Yes. The Turner Hall rental fee includes an on site coordinator to help facilitate vendor delivery and pick up and day of set up. You will meet with a coordinator throughout your planning process to ensure that when the Big Day arrives, you’ll all be on the same page.
When can I access the space?
Your rental is for 12 hours. This includes vendor delivery, set up and decorating. Turner Hall’s standard rental time is Noon-Midnight, however, you can choose to be in the space earlier (i.e. 10 am – 10 pm). All Turner Hall weddings must end at midnight.
Can we have a rehearsal?
In the event that you are hosting your ceremony and reception at Turner Hall they will do their best to accommodate a wedding rehearsal. Due to the demand of the Ballroom, they unfortunately cannot guarantee that the space will be available the day before your wedding. Please work with the Turner Hall Event Coordinator to specify a date and time for your rehearsal. Rehearsal charges may apply.
What is the capacity of the space?
Turner Hall prefers to keep weddings at or below 300 people, however, capacity can vary depending on your table layout. Our largest seated dinner capacity is 400.
When can I tour the facility?
Turner Hall Ballroom tours are available by appointment only. Please see their ‘Contact’ page to fill out a request for information and to schedule a walk through.
Is Turner Hall Ballroom handicap accessible?
Yes. They have an elevator entrance on the North side of Turner Hall that goes to all levels of the building.
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Turner Hall Ballroom
1040 N. 4th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203