Saint Francis Chapel

A Beautiful Balboa Park Wedding Venue


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The Museum of Us 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 Us. 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)
  • Five reserved parking spaces for the event

Time allotted:

  • The Chapel can be reserved in 3-hour blocks between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Chapel capacity:

  • The Chapel seats 88 people on the main floor with an additional 12 seats in the balcony, although capacity may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • There is wheelchair access to the balcony only. (A wheelchair will take the space of two seats.)


  • The booking of your event at the Chapel allows you to one, 1-hr rehearsal one to two days before your event.

The wedding party must make its own arrangements for flowers, minister, photographer, music, etc.


Interested in renting the St. Francis Chapel?

Estimated Guest Count

11 + 10 =

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, Photos 3-5 and 8-14: 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.