A true hidden gem in central Newport News, we are proud to host a collection of venues for any taste and occasion. An elegant courtyard, a lake-side overlook, a private banquet room, and a beautiful hill on the beach are only a small part of what our incredibly versatile site has to offer.
Shake up your guests’ curiosities with access to our changing galleries or a tour through our award-winning USS Monitor Center. Enjoy calm spring nights under the stars outside, or a steady snowfall through a wall of windows inside.
Let us help you find the ideal environment for your event, for 20 to 2,000 guests, from sophisticated to whimsical, you’re sure to find the perfect space among our unique and striking settings.
Within our Museum and Park are elegant, naturally beautiful spaces for outdoor ceremonies and versatile indoor spaces for any reception. We are fortunate enough to boast incredible waterfront views and architecturally stunning rooms on one site, with more than enough options for any theme or tradition.
We are proud to host numerous retirements, pinning, commissioning, and other honorary ceremonies for the men and women that continue to serve and protect our city, state, and country. Our rich military history is only enhanced by their presence and we are ever grateful for the chance to hold these events.
Our private banquet space and outdoor courtyard are a great setting for any daytime workshop or lecture, while our Grand Entry Hall and Main Lobby make any awards night or banquet stand out. Audio/visual capabilities transform each space into an extension of your business, seamlessly integrating your company meeting with our historic collection.
By far we are most fortunate to be nested within the great outdoors! Each of our vast fields can be easily transformed into a daytime festival, afternoon kickball tournament, and more. Get in touch with nature while celebrating life’s biggest moments with family and friends alike.
No occasion is too small to celebrate in a historic way! Bring your Ring Dance, Bat Mitzvah, Vow Renewal, or Fundraiser to us and be astounded at how we can enhance your celebration. An unforgettable memory is waiting for you and yours here at The Mariners’ Museum & Park.
The Mariners’ Museum & Park is thrilled to be considered for your upcoming event. For your convenience, we have listed below some frequently asked questions and general rental information for our facility and park grounds.
Being a Museum with many priceless artifacts, only battery operated candles are allowed in our indoor event spaces. Additionally, decorations must be free-standing and cannot be attached to ceilings, walls, or paintings. Please see our Policies & Procedures agreements for a complete account of all restrictions.
It all starts with your space. If you’re unfamiliar with our site you’re encouraged to schedule a complimentary rental tour to view our venues. Once you know the space you’d like to rent we will need the event information to begin drafting your agreements.
If you would like to reserve an indoor venue, we require a finalized contract, signed Policies & Procedures agreement, refundable security deposit, and 50% of your rental fee to hold your event. If your event is within 30 days of a finalized contract, the aforementioned and 100% of your fee is due to hold your event. All park venues are reserved by supplying signed agreements, Beautification Fee, and 100% of the rental fee.
You are free to reschedule your event with no additional costs due up to 60 days prior to your original event date. Availability is subject to the space being under contract for alternate dates.
Your security deposit and any rental fees paid will be refunded if we receive written notice of your event cancellation no less than 90 days prior to your event date. If we do not receive this notice and your event is cancelled you will forfeit 50% of the rental fee.
Facility rentals require a security deposit, refundable depending upon any damages sustained to Museum property or additional services rendered. Park rentals require a non-refundable Park Beautification Fee that is applied in an effort to preserve our Park. The Mariners’ Museum & Park is a privately owned and maintained institution that receives no federal, state, or city funding. Please let us know if you are interested in donating your security deposit as a tax deductible gift to our annual fund in an effort to enhance our venues.
Facility event start times vary by the space rented; all facility events must end by 11:00 p.m. Park event times vary by length of rental.
Facility events include the use of Museum furniture, listed below. No Museum furniture is provided for Park events.
Coat racks, easels, yard sign stakes, and other various items are also available. Please discuss any and all needs with the Facility Rental Coordinator.
Museum staff will set up and break down all Museum provided furniture at no additional cost. Set up and break down of anything not provided by the Museum falls under the responsibility of the rental client.
The Museum and some Park areas provide free self-parking to all event participants.
For directions to the Museum, click here.
All ceremonial cake or cupcakes may be obtained from any vendor. All food and beverages for facility events must be provided by a caterer from the Museum’s Approved Caterers List. Park events may provide their own food and beverages.
You are free to utilize services from any event rental, musical entertainment, transportation service, etc. All vendors are subject to Protection Services approval.
Yes. If the alcohol is not being served by the approved caterer, it is the clients’ responsibility to provide proper ABC licensing at least (15) days prior to the event in order to insure the service provider.
Proper licensing can be obtained at http://www.abc.virginia.gov/licensing/banquet.htm
We require Event Liability Insurance naming The Mariners’ Museum & Park as an additional insured on the policy, available through any insurance company, for all Museum and Park events. Proper coverage amounts can be found in your rental contract.
Daytime event guests are always welcome to enjoy the Museum free of charge. In the evening the USS Monitor Center, The Museum Main Loop, or both can be left accessible to guests during your event for an additional fee. Navigator-guided tours are also available upon request based on scheduling.
Unless requested and based upon staff availability, the gift shop is not normally open for after-hours events.