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
The Front Lawn, Grand Entry Hall & Patio, and Main Lobby
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.
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.
The South Courtyard and Huntington & Anna Room
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.
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.
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.
A Park space with a waterfront view. A Park Ranger will assist with any parking at this space.
500 people · 200 cars
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.
5,000 people · 300 cars
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.
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.
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.
2,000 people · 500 cars
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.
1,000 people · 200 cars
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.
1,700 people · 225 cars
Use of Warwick Lot, Boundary Road, Williams Field, and Lions Bridge*
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.
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
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.