Have your wedding at the Zoo’s historic Mansion House!

The Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (circa 1801) is a truly elegant setting for special occasions. Large windows on all sides of the stately, wrap-around porch overlook Druid Hill Park and the older treed areas of the Zoo.

Adding to the majestic ambiance are individually controlled chandeliers showcasing buttery yellow paintwork, white trim, and gold leaf detailing. The unique four-sided layout of the fully enclosed and carpeted porch easily facilitates an event flow. The historic Mansion House porch has been renovated and redecorated to make the backdrop of your event even more beautiful and memorable. The inclusion of air-conditioning allows for a historic setting with more modern comforts. We’re thrilled to say that the Mansion House Porch is even better than ever before! You can hold your ceremony at the Zoo, too! Add an extra hour for your ceremony at the Mansion House or the Lakeside Pavilion. The Lakeside Pavilion can be used for a one-hour wedding ceremony if reserved in conjunction with the Porch for the reception.

Have an Animal Ambassador at your cocktail hour! Our Animal Ambassador program is a way to make your wedding unique and talked about! You can have various animals appear during the cocktail hour. We have about 20 different animals from penguins and various birds to small mammals and snakes.

Rental Rates*:

  • Monday – Thursday: $2600
  • Friday: $3000
  • Saturday: $3800
  • Sunday: $3400

*Rates can change without notice. Please contact us for holiday rates.


  • Wedding Receptions: 180 guests
  • Seated Events: 200 guests
  • Stand-up/Cocktail: 250 guests

Prices reflect a 4-hour event. Rental fees include 180 padded chairs, 20 round 60” tables, 8 cocktail tables, 14 banquet tables, 2 round 48″ tables, Zoo on-site staff, security, and maintenance personnel, as well as free parking. Caterer set-up time of 3 hours and breakdown time of 1 ½ hours are included in the rental fee. Additional event or set-up hours are 25% of 4-hour rental fee. Rental fees do not include Zoo admission, catering, rides, audio-visual equipment, and/or zoo services.

Additional Resources:

Looking for suggested hotels, vendors, or catering? View our Private Events & Parties Resources.

Questions? Contact the Rentals Office at 443-552-5279 or email rentals@marylandzoo.org.