The Mariners’ Museum & Park has been a Newport News landmark for 90 years. Our unique campus hosts a variety of spaces both in our award-winning Museum and our 550-acre Park.
Each of our venues 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 a historic occasion!
Our Sales Team, from left: Kelsey McLain, Jennifer Kohms, Shari Lovett Solomon, Kyra Duffley
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.
Available November through March
The Huntington & Anna Room
Any 4-hour window between 9 AM – 11 PM
with an additional 2 hours for set-up and 1 hour for breakdown.
300 banquet chairs, (1) 12×12 light oak dance floor, (20) 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 ($300)
This can be added to the Starboard Package, provided that the event end time with added time does not go past 11 PM.
Warwick Lot, Boundary Road, Williams Field, and Lions Bridge*
Saturdays and Sundays year-round.
6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Stern Race Package is the preferred choice for starter or smaller races, of less than 1,000 participants. Additional parking can be arranged through Warwick High School, with Newport News Police Department providing a crossing guard for Warwick Blvd. (not included in rental).
Starting at $1,000.00
Overflow Field, front parking lots for additional set-up, Museum Drive, and Lions Bridge*
Only on select Sundays, September-May.
6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Bow Race Package is ideal for larger, established races of 1,000 or more participants that are looking for a change of venue or to expand. It requires the use of race coordination company Flat Out Events and off-site shuttles/parking (not included in rental).
*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.