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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

GRAND ENTRY HALL & PATIO

The Grand Entry Hall

A wedding reception in the Grand Entry Hall

RATES

Mon – Thurs • $1,300
Fri – Sun • $2,500

CAPACITY

Seated • 150
Standing • 350

Availability 5:00 PM – 11:00 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

Main Lobby, the Titanic Dinner

Main Lobby, a wedding reception

RATES

Mon – Thurs • $1,800
Fri – Sun • $3,000

CAPACITY

Seated • 200
Standing • 500

Availability 5:00 PM – 11:00 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.

VIRGINIA COURTYARD

The Virginia Courtyard at The Mariners' Museum

A wedding ceremony in the Virginia Courtyard

RATES

Mon – Thurs • $900
Fri – Sun • $1,200

CAPACITY

Seated • 150
Standing • 300

Availability 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM


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

MONITOR REPLICA

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

A cocktail reception on the Monitor Replica

RATES

Mon – Thurs • $900
Fri – Sun • $1,200

CAPACITY

Seated • 120
Standing • 150

Availability 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM


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 overlooks the USS Monitor Center, our park and Lake Maury with exquisite views.

HUNTINGTON & ANNA ROOM

Wedding Reception in the Huntington Room

Wedding Ceremony in the Huntington Room

RATES

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mon – Thurs • $1,000
Fri – Sun • $1,800

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Mon – Thurs • $1,300
Fri – Sun • $2,000

CAPACITY

Seated • 190
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.

SOUTH COURTYARD

Reception in the South Courtyard

Ceremony in the South Courtyard

RATES

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mon – Thurs • $900
Fri – Sun • $1,500

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Mon – Thurs • $1,300
Fri – Sun • $1,800

CAPACITY

Seated • 150
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.

GREAT HALL OF STEAM

Great Hall of Steam

Great Hall of Steam

Cocktail reception in the Great Hall of Steam

Cocktail reception in the Great Hall of Steam

RATES

Mon – Thurs • $900
Fri – Sun • $1,300

CAPACITY

Seated • 70
Standing • 150

Available from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM


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. This Great Hall permits seated receptions up to 70 people, or 150 guests to mingle. Events in this space can begin only after 5:00 PM with set-up beginning at 3:00 PM.

 

 

 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:

Museum Rental Rates as of February 2015 (PDF)

FRONT LAWN

Event on the Front Lawn

Wedding on the Front Lawn


RATES

Half Day • $400

Availability after 5:00 PM only


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

HARVEY FIELD

Harvey Field

Harvey Field


RATES

Full Day • $500

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

Capacity 5,000

LIONS BRIDGE

Sunset over Lions Bridge

Sunset over Lions Bridge


RATES

Full Day • $400

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

Capacity 150

HOLLY TREE OVERLOOK

Holly Tree Overlook

A picnic at the Holly Tree Overlook


RATES

Full Day • $200

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

Capacity 30

WILLIAMS FIELDS

Games Day at Williams Fields

Games Day at Williams Fields


RATES

Full Day • $500

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

Oak Tree Overlook


RATES

Full Day • $200

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

Capacity 25

OVERFLOW PARKING FIELD

RATES

Full Day • $400

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

Capacity 200

WARWICK LOT

A party on Warwick Lot

A party on Warwick Lot


RATES

Full Day • $500

Availability 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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

 

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:

Park Rental Rates as of June 2015 (PDF)

 

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.

Catering at The Mariners' Museum

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
(757) 425-5682
cateringconcepts.net

Chef by Design Catering Company

5318 Fairfield Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA  23464
(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
(757) 723-7978
greygooserestaurant.com

Ms. Mary’s Catering

739 Thimble Shoals Blvd #1011C
Newport News, VA  23606
(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
(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.

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

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

SnapQube Photo Booth

(757) 774-7823
snapqube.com