Heritage Center

The possibilities are endless at Lakewood Heritage Center, a 20th century museum with over 10 historic structures, a festival area and outdoor amphitheater. When the sun sets behind the picturesque amphitheater and you find yourself dancing under the stars in Belmar Park, you’ll be glad you chose Lakewood Heritage Center!

  • Visitor Center & Plaza: The visitor’s center features a retro exterior design, two gallery spaces, a whimsical store and a small meeting room. Just outside the front doors is a spacious plaza area with sweeping views of the whole museum and Belmar Park. 
  • Country School: Step back in time at Lakewood Heritage Center’s Country School, a historic one-room schoolhouse built as the Ralston Country School at 68th and Indiana in the 1860’s. Building features include a cast-iron stove, blackboards, original wood flooring and sunny, mint green walls. 
  • Amphitheater: Set against the stunning backdrop of the foothills, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater is the perfect locale for your outdoor wedding. Featuring a stage area that’s the perfect setup for an outdoor dinner or dancing and a sloped, grassy knoll for ceremony, the Amphitheater is a one-stop shop for your whole evening. 
  • Gazebo: Featuring sweeping mountain views to the west and historic museum buildings to the east, weddings at the gazebo are a feast for the eyes and the perfect choice for your intimate outdoor ceremony. 
  • Red Barn Lawn: The red barn, built in the 1930’s as part of May Bonfils Stanton’s Belmar Estate, is the perfect place to kick up your heels! With ample space for a country ceremony or rockin’ reception, the red barn lawn offers a fun outdoor option with endless photo opportunities! 

Reviews

The Country School House....a flawless experience!

We had a wonderful wedding reception at the School House. We reserved this all out of town, and we had such a flawless experience! It was a wonderful place: we brought our own food, the tables and chairs were already set up for us, our cake baker delivered our cake easily, and we just had such a blast. We had everything cleaned up by the time we were supposed to, and the staff there was wonderful.
-- Reviewed on 6/18/2017 Tayvia H

We had our ceremony and reception at the Lakewood Heritage Center and loved it!

We used the amphitheater for the ceremony and the school house for the reception. Julie was our main contact throughout the planning process, and she was incredibly responsive, helpful, and flexible! Julie was organized throughout the whole process and very patient with our questions. She really made working with the venue incredibly easy for us. The staff who were present on our wedding day were also helpful and respectful, although I had limited contact with them. The grounds at the Lakewood Heritage Center are beautiful and well kept. There are plenty of picture opportunities at the lake, in front of the vintage buildings, by the barn and farm buildings, etc. Everything was clean and well-maintained on our wedding date, and our guests loved the venue. The amphitheatre was great for the ceremony because we wanted to be outdoors and, despite the heat of the day, the shade from the amphitheatre helped keep our guests cool. The school house was extremely cute, and it helped that we were able to use the indoor space as well as the side yard for outdoor space. We had dinner tables, buffet, and bar inside. The space easily fit seating for 40 guests at round tables, the buffet, bar, a 5-person band, and some room for dancing. We used the side yard for additional cocktail tables and lawn games. Since it was a blazing summer afternoon, the A/C in the school house was a welcome relief from the heat. We had a fantastic time! If we should ever need to throw another large party, I'd love to have it at the LHC again!"
-- Reviewed on 7/24/2015 S

The Lakewood Heritage Center was an incredible place to hold my ceremony and reception!

The backdrop was perfect for us and our photos look amazing. I loved the flexibility of being able to bring in my own catering. Julie was amazing to work with and she made it really easy. My family is hard to please - and they loved it! Thank you, Lakewood!"
-- Reviewed on 4/3/2015 Private user from The Knot

Lakewood Heritage Center Red Barn and Country School House... Pure perfection!

We could not have asked for a more perfect setting for our September 2014 wedding! The Lakewood Heritage Center has become a significant part of our relationship over the years so what better place to get married. Having our wedding at the Heritage Center allowed us to customize our wedding and reception to fit what we envisioned. There are so many gorgeous areas to choose from throughout the Heritage Center. The Red Barn was the perfect backdrop for our ceremony and the Country School House provided the perfect setting for our reception. The Heritage Center provided maps so that our guests were able to do walking tours of the Heritage Center while they were there which was a nice touch. Being able to bring in outside vendors of our choosing was a huge selling point for us and allowed us to stay well within our budget. The staff was amazing! Julie, who helped us the most throughout every stage of planning, was amazing to work with and had some great advice and helpful hints. She went above and beyond to make sure our day turned out perfect. We highly recommend the Heritage Center for anyone who wants a unique, customizable, and budget friendly wedding! We cannot thank them enough for such a perfect and memorable day!
-- Reviewed on 2/14/2015 Jessica S

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