A Beautiful Balboa Park Wedding Venue

The San Diego Museum of Man welcomes everyone to celebrate important life events in our beautiful venues, especially in the historic and unique Saint Francis Chapel. This dignified sanctuary is an unconsecrated, non-denominational chapel which hosts weddings, anniversaries, quinceñeras, baptisms, and memorials.

The Saint Francis Chapel is located in scenic Balboa Park on the south side of the California Plaza, across the street from the main entrance to the Museum of Man. Designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue as an example of a Spanish Colonial church, the Chapel was built to add a religious note to the Panama-California Exposition of 1915.

The interior decoration was chosen by Goodhue and Carlton M. Winslow and features stark mission simplicity with its tile floor, ceiling with heavy beams, and bench seating. By contrast, the Chapel also boasts an elaborately decorated altar which includes gold leaf and meticulously crafted figures of the Virgin and Child in the center, flanked on the left by Saint Francis Xavier and on the right by San Diego de Alcalá.

Details of the facility and services offered for wedding parties include:

Venue includes:

  • Private event dressing suite
  • Organ (party must provide organist)
  • Altar candles
  • Five reserved parking spaces for the event

Time allotted:

  • The party shall have access to the Chapel from one and one-half hours before the scheduled start of the wedding until one and one-half hours after the scheduled start.

Chapel capacity:

  • The Chapel seats 88 people on the main floor with an additional 12 seats in the balcony.
  • There is wheelchair access to the balcony only. (A wheelchair will take the space of two seats.)

Rehearsal:

  • A one-hour rehearsal may be scheduled for a weekday without charge from noon to 3:30 p.m. Other arrangements may be made at an additional cost.

The wedding party must make its own arrangements for flowers, minister, photographer, music, etc. The Museum may be able to assist upon request.

For additional information, or to make arrangements to view or reserve the Chapel, please call (619) 239-2001, ext. 31, or contact our Special Events Manager Teri Saffon, CMP, at tsaffon@museumofman.org.

Photo Credit: Photos 1-2 and 6-7 by Pura Soul Photography (@purasoulphoto on Instagram). Photos 3-5 and 8-14 by Stacy Keck

Vendor Credit: Design & Calligraphy: Samantha Louise Designs / Florals: The Dainty Lion / Rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio / Hair & Makeup: Stacey Triplow / Suits: Friar Tux /  Ties: Lord Wallington / Cake: Frost Me Gourmet / Catering: Root Cellar Co.