Become a


The Mariners’ Museum sponsors, patrons and supporters play a vital role in the continuing development of the museum and its diverse exhibitions, programs and events.

Many companies, organizations and individuals take the opportunity to raise their image and the public’s perception of them by supporting The Museum with cash donations, goods or services. Many different types of companies have made imaginative connections with The Mariners’ Museum. Many partner in specific projects—such as exhibitions or programs and special events—that fit their corporate image and marketing communications objectives.

Sponsorships range from $250 upward, depending on the program or exhibit. Benefits can be tailored to an individual or company’s needs and capacity.


Benefits to Sponsors

The Mariners’ Museum venue spaces are great locations for corporate entertaining, and are an important aspect of our sponsor benefits package, which can include:

  • Partnership with a nationally respected museum with a solid reputation for outstanding collections and programs
  • A springboard for marketing and public relations exposure
  • Opportunities for networking with other sponsors
  • Opportunities to reach target markets through joint promotions
  • Use of The Museum venues including the Main Lobby, Huntington and Anna Rooms, Courtyard and other exhibit areas
  • Recognition in the Museum’s annual report and on the special recognition board at the Museum
  • Quarterly Ahoy! newsletter/calendar of events
  • Invitations for company officials to the President’s Receptions and other VIP special events
  • Transferable membership passes


Sponsors have helped fund:

  • Exhibitions
    • Savage Ancient Seas
  • Public programs and conferences
  • Special Events
    • Thursdays by the Lake
    • Lecture Series
    • Battle of Hampton Roads
    • Craft Beer Festival
  • Conservation of artifacts and archival materials in the collection
  • Acquisition of products or services


Current Sponsorships include:

  • Maritime Lecture Series, Summer Concert Series and Maritime Mondays
  • Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend
  • 10K Pirate Run on the Noland Trail
  • Exhibits & Education Programming