Rental Locations & Rates

The Mariners’ Museum & Park has been a Newport News landmark for more than 80 years. Our unique campus hosts a variety of spaces both in our award-winning Museum and our 550-acre Park.

Each of our fifteen exceptional sites offers flexible options and stunning surroundings, and our Sales Team is always eager to assist wherever needed.

We hope for the opportunity to transform your milestone into an historic occasion!

Our Sales Team, from left: Cassidy Crockett, Bree Kitchens, Kelsey McLain, and Jennifer Kohms

Rental Packages

The Port Package

RATES

Monday-Thursday $2,000
Friday-Sunday $3,500

LOCATION

The Front Lawn, Grand Entry Hall & Patio, and Main Lobby

AVAILABILITY

6 PM – 11 PM
Because these spaces are part of the Museum’s galleries and guests have access until the Museum closes at 5 PM, decorating and set-up for events cannot begin before 4 PM.

DETAILS

The Front Lawn includes 200 white folding chairs and 1 cocktail table. The Grand Entry Hall & Patio and Main Lobby spaces have a total of 275 blue folding chairs, (21) 5ft rounds, (10) 6ft banquets, (16) 8ft banquets, (1) 4ft round, 8 tall cocktail rounds, 1 stage, 1 podium, 1 rolling bar, and 8 cafe tables available for use.

 

Main Lobby

Main Lobby

The Starboard Package

RATES

Monday-Thursday $1,700
Friday-Sunday $3,200

LOCATION

The South Courtyard and Huntington & Anna Room

AVAILABILITY

Any 5-hour window between 9 AM – 11 PM
Because these spaces are private and not part of the Museum’s galleries, timing for decorating and set-up for events can be more flexible and is based on the specifics for the event.

DETAILS

Combined, the spaces have a total of 200 white folding chairs (outdoor use only), 300 banquet chairs (for indoor use only), (1) 12×12 light oak dance floor (indoor use only) (21) 5ft rounds, (10) 6ft banquets, (16) 8ft banquets, (1) 4ft round, 8 tall cocktail rounds, 1 stage, 1 podium, 1 rolling bar, and 8 cafe tables available for use.

 

South Courtyard

South Courtyard

Event Enhancements

  • Wayfinder ($250)
    Upgrade the event by keeping The Main Galleries of the Museum open.

  • Ship Captain ($250)
    Upgrade the event by keeping The Monitor Center of the Museum open.

  • Additional Hour ($250)
    This can be added to the Starboard Package, provided that the event end time with added time does not go past 11 PM.


Renting at the Museum

  • For corporate, military, and bereavement packages, call (757) 591-5124.
  • If renting within 30 days of the event, the aforementioned and 100% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date.
  • All food and beverages must be provided by a caterer from our list of approved caterers, with the exception of cake or cupcakes.
  • The Museum cannot hold rental items until 9:00 AM on the day of your event; all rental items must be removed by 9:00 AM on the first business day following your event.
  • Absolutely no open flame/sparklers, glitter/confetti, birdseed, rice or smoke/fog are permitted; all decorations must be free-standing.
  • Rentals include the use of Museum furniture including folding chairs, banquet, dining and hi-top tables, portable wet bar, podium, coat racks and other available items that will be in place before your setup begins, consistent with an agreeable layout.
  • Rentals include the use of Museum audio/visual equipment; an event representative will be present for your function to assist in the operation of this equipment.
  • Free Museum self-parking is available to all event participants.
  • Approved signage may be placed on Museum grounds to direct guests.
  • Prices and discounts subject to change.

Park Spaces

Lions Bridge

Sunset over Lions Bridge

Sunset over Lions Bridge

A Park space with a waterfront view. A Park Ranger will assist with any parking at this space.

RATE

$400

CAPACITY

500 people · 200 cars

Harvey Field

Harvey Field

Harvey Field

This is the largest field, great for festivals and tented parties. The use of this space iscontingent upon recent rainfall and requires a back-up transportation plan in the event of rain.

RATE

$500

CAPACITY

5,000 people · 300 cars

Holly Tree Overlook

Holly Tree Overlook

A picnic at the Holly Tree Overlook

This space is a small overlook near mile 4/1 of the Noland Trail. It is ideal for intimate ceremonies and has a gorgeous waterfront view. This area is a secluded spot away from the Noland Trail. Parking is available at Harvey Field.

RATE

$200

CAPACITY

30 people

Oak Tree Overlook

Oak Tree Overlook

Oak Tree Overlook

This space is a small overlook near mile 2.5 of the Noland Trail. It is ideal for intimate ceremonies and has a gorgeous waterfront view. This area is a secluded spot away from the Noland Trail. Parking is available at Williams Field.

RATE

$200

CAPACITY

25 people

Williams Field

Games Day at Williams Field

Games Day at Williams Field

This spacious field includes access to a pavilion with several picnic tables. This space is popular for festivals and post-race parties. Access is dependent on recent rainfall and the condition of Boundary Road. The use of this space is contingent upon recent rainfall and requires a backup transportation plan in the event of rain.

RATE

$500

CAPACITY

2,000 people · 500 cars

Warwick Lot

A party on Warwick Lot

A party on Warwick Lot

This lot is an ideal starting point for races and walks. The space is accessed via Boundary Road and Warwick Boulevard. Access is limited during periods of heavy rainfall. Proof of alternate parking is required for events exceeding 100 guests.

RATE

$500

CAPACITY

1,000 people · 200 cars

Overflow Lot

 

This field can be used as overflow parking or as an event space. The lot is lined with trees on two sides, providing a lovely backdrop to any event. There are 200 parking spots in the adjacent paved lot.

RATE

$400

CAPACITY

1,700 people · 225 cars

Race Package

RATE

$400

LOCATION

Use of Warwick Lot, Boundary Road, Williams Field, and Lions Bridge*

AVAILABILITY

Weekends only. Race setup cannot begin earlier than 6 a.m. and all clean-up and break-down must conclude no later than 12 p.m.

CAPACITY

Participant count must be capped at 1,000 unless proof of alternate parking site and shuttle transportation is provided. If so, the maximum capacity is 3,000

*Use of Lions Bridge as part of a race route requires authorization by the City of Newport News

Boundary Road

Boundary Road


Renting at the Park

  • The Mariners’ Museum & Park is a privately owned & maintained property and receives no federal, state or city funding. A Beautification Fee of $100 is included in all rates in an effort to preserve and continuously maintain our Park.
  • A signed agreement, signed Park Rentals Policies & Procedures (PDF), and 100% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date.
  • Event Liability Insurance is required for all events; required coverage amount is listed in Letter of Agreement.
  • Full Day rentals are from park opening to park closing; Half Day rentals are from park opening to noon or noon to park closing.
  • All trash receptacles must be emptied and all trash removed by rental client following the event; Museum dumpsters may be used for disposal, please communicate this need with Rental Coordinator.
  • Areas do not include portable toilets, picnic tables or electricity unless otherwise noted.
  • Additional items such as tents, grills, dumpsters, extra toilets, etc. must be approved before placement.
  • Approved signage may be placed on Museum & Park grounds to direct attendees to event areas.
  • All Park rentals include four (4) complimentary admission passes to The Mariners’ Museum.

Park map rental locations

 

Approved Caterers

 

The following are the only caterers that are approved to provide food and beverages for museum events as they are well versed on our policies and procedures and have always provided exceptional service for our rental clients. Ceremonial cakes/cupcakes may be provided by a vendor not on this list. Park events may provide their own food.

Approved Caterers 2018 (PDF)

Catering at The Mariners' Museum


The Catering Company of Williamsburg
(Williamsburg Occasions)

Williamsburg, VA
(757) 220-8011
williamsburgoccasions@gmail.com
williamsburgoccasions.com

Chef by Design Catering

Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 496-3900
info@chefsbydesigncatering.com
chefbydesigncatering.com

The Cooking Lady Catering, LLC

Poquoson, VA
(757) 746-2762
thecookingladycatering@cox.net
thecookingladycatering.com

Creative Catering of Virginia

Norfolk, VA
(757) 499-2002
catering@creativecateringva.com
creativecateringvirginia.com

Custom Culinary Connections

Lanexa, VA
(757) 566-4410
orders@ccc2go.com
ccc2go.com

Encore…a Catering Service

Newport News, VA
(757) 887-6800
orders@encore-nn.com
encore-nn.com

Ms. Mary’s Catering

Newport News, VA
(757) 848-8012
info@msmaryscatering.com
msmarycatering.com

Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar

Newport News, VA
(757) 595-4320
smokebbqnn@gmail.com
smokenn.com/catering

Williamsburg Concession and Catering

Norge, VA
(757) 250-3926
cassie.whitney@wbgcc.net
wbgcc.net

Yummy Goodness Catering Company

Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 962-1000
yummygoodnesscatering@yahoo.com
Yummygoodnesscateringco.com