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

Museum Venues


Event on the Front Lawn

Wedding on the Front Lawn

This waterfront spot offers a natural amphitheater, great views of the Museum, and is adjacent to all parking areas and portable restrooms.

Capacity 1,500


The Grand Entry Hall

A wedding reception in the Grand Entry Hall


Seated • 150
Standing • 350

Availability: After 5:00 PM

The Grand Entry Hall & Patio is a unique combination of indoor and outdoor space. A wall of windows overlooks Lake Maury and dancing the night away under the stars is no longer a dream as you host your event under three large skylights. Capable of holding a variety of events, it can be a great addition to the lobby, or rented alone.


Main Lobby, the Titanic Dinner

Main Lobby, a wedding reception


Seated • 200
Standing • 500

Availability: After 5:00 PM

Elegant and distinctive, The Main Lobby is our largest indoor facility accommodating up to 200 people for a seated function and as many as 500 for a standing reception. The majestic gold Lancaster Eagle serves as the focal point of this grand space.


Wedding Reception in the Huntington Room

Huntington Room, a wedding reception

Wedding Ceremony in the Huntington Room

Huntington Room, a wedding ceremony


Seated • 170
Standing • 300

Named after the Museum & Park’s founder and his wife, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, The Huntington & Anna Room is an elegantly appointed banquet space overlooking the South Courtyard. This is one of our more versatile spaces, accommodating to intimate dinners, lavish banquets and corporate seminars alike. In addition to its availability for evening functions, it is the only indoor facility which is available for daytime rentals.


Reception in the South Courtyard

South Courtyard, a wedding reception

Ceremony in the South Courtyard

South Courtyard, a wedding ceremony


Seated • 130
Standing • 500

Its breathtaking scenery and neatly groomed landscaping makes the South Courtyard the perfect setting for a daytime event under the sun or an evening dance under the stars. Surrounded by soft lighting, the courtyard makes a great backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Courtyard’s unique features include a fountain, a colonnade with ceiling fans and English-style lanterns gracing its lawn.


Renting at the Museum

  • 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 Venues


Harvey Field

Harvey Field

Large field space, no amenities available, proof of alternate parking and shuttle transportation required for more than 150 guests.

Capacity 5,000


Sunset over Lions Bridge

Sunset over Lions Bridge

Beautiful riverfront and lake views, adorned with statuary, no amenities available. Park Ranger provides parking assistance.

Capacity 150


Holly Tree Overlook

A picnic at the Holly Tree Overlook

Hidden, wooded platform on the trail with picnic tables, no amenities, parking for up to 15 cars.

Capacity 30


Games Day at Williams Fields

Games Day at Williams Fields

Large secluded field, pavilion with picnic tables, portable restroom, water fountain, baseball backstop, field parking in fair weather.

Capacity 2,000


Oak Tree Overlook

Oak Tree Overlook

Hidden platform on the trail, great view of the lake and Lions Bridge, no amenities, parking for up to 10 cars.

Capacity 25


A party on Warwick Lot

A party on Warwick Lot

Highly visible field space on Warwick Blvd, starting point for races, great for festivals. Proof of alternate parking required for more than 200 guests.

Capacity 1,000


Small athletic field near parking lot, great for work-out groups and training sessions, near parking and portable restrooms, no amenities available.

Capacity 200

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.

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