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 Events Team is always eager to assist wherever needed. We hope for the opportunity to transform your milestone into an historic occasion!

Event rental coordinators, Ryllee, Nancy and Krystina

Our Event Team: Ryllee, Nancy and Krystina

 

 

The Grand Entry Hall

A wedding reception in the Grand Entry Hall

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. 

Available from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$1,300 $2,500

Capacity

Seated Standing
150 350

Main Lobby, the Titanic Dinner

Main Lobby, a wedding reception

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.

Available from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$1,800 $3,000

Capacity

Seated Standing
200 500

The Virginia Courtyard at The Mariners' Museum

A wedding ceremony in the Virginia Courtyard

Within our award-winning USS Monitor Center lies the Virginia Courtyard. A stone pathway leads through the center of this courtyard surrounded by pristine landscaping and a unique historical artifact.   

Available from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$900 $1,200

Capacity

Seated Standing
120 300

The <em>Monitor</em> Replica at The Mariners' Museum

A cocktail reception on the Monitor Replica

Built in 2007 by the Northrop Grumman Newport News Apprentice School, the Monitor Replica can add just the unique touch you are looking for. Great for small cocktail parties, this space looks over the USS Monitor Center, our park, and Lake Maury with exquisite views.    

Available from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$900 $1,200

Capacity

Seated Standing
120 150

Great Hall of Steam

Great Hall of Steam



Cocktail reception in the Great Hall of Steam

Cocktail reception in the Great Hall of Steam

For your intimate affair, consider using The Great Hall of Steam. This is the only gallery space available for events in the Museum. Your guests are greeted by a large hall filled with spectacular model ships encased in decorative glass cases and overlooked by large statue heads from famous ships. The Great Hall permits seated receptions up to 70 people, or 200 guests to mingle. Events in this space can begin only after 5:00 PM with set up beginning at 3:00 PM.

Available from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$900 $1,200

Capacity

Seated Standing
70 200

Wedding Reception in the Huntington Room

Wedding Reception in the Huntington Room



Wedding Ceremony in the Huntington Room

Wedding Ceremony in the Huntington Room



A conference in the Huntington Room

A conference in the Huntington Room

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.   

Available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$1,000 $1,500

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$1,300 $1,800

Capacity

Seated Standing
190 300

Ceremony in the South Courtyard

Wedding Ceremony in the South Courtyard


Reception in the South Courtyard

Reception in the South Courtyard

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.

Available from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Rates

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$900 $1,300

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Monday – Thursday Friday – Sunday
$1,200 $1,500

Capacity

Seated Standing
150 500

 Renting at the Museum

  • A signed Letter of Agreement, signed Museum Rentals Policies & Procedures (PDF), $300 refundable security deposit and 50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date; rental balance is due 30 days prior to your event.
  • If renting within 30 days of the event, the aforementioned and 100% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date.
  • All rental rates reflect a 7-hour total event time, allowing for a 2-hour setup, 4-hour actual event, and 1-hour break down.
  • All food and beverages must be provided by a caterer from our Approved Caterers Listing, 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.
  • A 20% discount will be applied when renting multiple venues at full price.

 

To download a copy of our Museum Rental Rates:

TMM Museum Rental Rates (PDF)

 

Event on the Front Lawn

Wedding on the Front Lawn

  • Waterfront view
  • Nearest to Museum
  • Restroom available
  • Patio use, add $100

*Available after Museum operating hours only (after 5:00 PM)

Rates

Full Day Half Day
N/A $300

 
  • Adjacent to Museum, Trail
  • Ample parking

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$300 $200

 
Harvey Field

Harvey Field

  • Large open field
  • Natural barrier
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Some parking available

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$500 $300

Holly Tree Overlook

A picnic at the Holly Tree Overlook

  • Secluded lake overlook
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 30 person capacity
  • Picnic tables available

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$200 $100

Lions Bridge River Side

Sunset Over Lions Bridge

  • Beautiful views of the James River or Lake Maury
  • Large open field, beach
  • Shaded areas
  • Some parking available

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$400 $200

Williams Fields

Game Day at Williams Field

  • Large secluded field
  • Covered pavilion
  • Picnic tables
  • Baseball backstop
  • Restroom available

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$500 $300

 
  • Secluded lake overlook
  • Scenic views
  • 25 person capacity

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$200 $100

 
  • Large open field
  • In public view
  • Parking available

Rates

Full Day Half Day
$400 $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.

Park map rental locations

To download a copy of our Park Rental Rates:

TMM Park Rental Rates (PDF)

 

Approved Caterers

The following are the only caterers that are approved to provide food & beverages, excluding ceremonial cakes & cupcakes, for any event at The Mariners’ Museum as they are trained in our policies & procedures & have always provided exceptional service for our rental clients.

Catering at The Mariners' Museum

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.


Encore: A Catering Service

16890 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA  23603
(757) 887-6800 • (877) 845-0086
encore-nn.com
orders@encore-nn.com

Catering Concepts

604 Jack Rabbit Road, Unit D
Virginia Beach, VA  23451
Contact: Susan Byrne
(757) 425-5682
cateringconcepts.net

Chef by Design Catering Company

5318 Fairfield Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA  23464
Contact: Marci Telfer
(757) 496-3900
chefbydesigncatering.com

Creative Catering of Virginia

1300 Redgate Avenue
Norfolk, VA  23507
(757) 499-2002

creativecateringva.com

The Grey Goose

101 West Queens Way
Hampton, VA  23669
Contact: Dana & Phillip Epstein
(757) 723-7978
greygooserestaurant.com

Ms. Mary’s Catering

739 Thimble Shoals Blvd #1011C
Newport News, VA  23606
Contact: Tuesday Upsher
(757) 848-8012
msmarycatering.com
ms.marycatering@yahoo.com

Smoke BBQ Restaurant and Bar

10900 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA  23601
(757) 595-4320 • (757) 218-4412
smokenn.com

Williamsburg Occasions LLC

dba The Catering Company
108 Ingram Road #18
Williamsburg, VA  23188
Contact: Laura Reeves
(757) 220-8011
williamsburgoccasions.com

Chick-Fil-A of Yorktown

5003-A Victory Boulevard
Yorktown, VA  23693
(757) 988-8847
cfarestaurant.com/victoryboulevard

Chick-Fil-A of Yoder Plaza

12128 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA  23602
(757) 882-8844
cfarestaurant.com/yoderplaza

Deli Basket

10198 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA  23601
(757) 599-9444
thedelibaskethiltonvillage.com

 

Preferred Vendors

The following list represents event professionals that have continually provided outstanding service within Hampton Roads. We urge you to consider their services, though you are not obligated.

Antonia Christianson Events

(757) 541-8223
antoniachristiansonevents.com

Inspired Events by Kelly

(757) 291-5369
inspiredeventsbykelly.com

Simply Grand Events

(757) 344-9091
makeitsimplygrand.com

Vivid Expressions LLC

(757) 802-3199
VividExpressions.com

Jeff’s Flowers, of Course

(757) 827-5333
jeffsflowers.com

Pollard’s Florist

(757) 595-7661
pollardsflorist.com

Rooms, Blooms & More

(757) 599-9299
roomsbloomsandmore.com

Your Friend in Flowers

(757) 827-0778
yourfriendinflowers.com

DJ on the Side Entertainment

(757) 816-5727
djontheside.com

Gwin Entertainment

(757) 943-9563
gwinentertainment.com

Hey DJ

(757) 604-3281
heydjbobby.com

Tidewater DJ’s

(757) 420-4200
tidewaterdjs.com

Bella Cakes, Inc.

(757) 369-5525
bellacakes1.com

CakeAlicious Design Studio

(757) 234-4300
creationsfromtheheart.org

Carolina Cupcakery

(757) 351-1548
carolinacupcakery.com

Scratch Bakery

(757) 833-0965
itsmadefromscratch.com

Elizabeth Larson Photography

(366) 656-7733
elarsonphoto.com

Picture Perfect Photography

(757) 810-9948
ppdj3.net

Story Photographers

storyphotographers.com

 

Blue Steel Lighting Design

(757) 816-1939
bluesteellightingdesign.com

Hampton Roads Event Rentals

(757) 890-4700
hamptonroadseventrentals.com

Ice Art, Inc.

(757) 498-4777
iceartva.com

SnapQube Photo Booth

(757) 774-7823
snapqube.com

Splendid Seating

(757) 269-9830
splendidseating.com