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How much does it cost to rent a Museum space?

Please contact the Museum’s Special Events team for detailed pricing and information. Our team can also provide you with a facility rental brochure which lists prices, capacities, rooms and our preferred catering list.

Can I view the Museum’s rental spaces?

Yes, please contact Museum’s Special Events team to arrange a tour of our available spaces.

Do you include tables/chairs with the fee?

Yes, a select amount of tables/chairs are available. Please contact a Special Events team member for specific quantities based on the rental space

Is there a deposit?

Yes, there is a 25% non-refundable deposit which is due at the time of contract signing.

When is the balance due?

The balance is due 60 days before your event date.

What time can Museum events begin?

Most of our spaces are available all day; however, some like the Rotunda or Dome are only available after 5 pm. Please contact the Museum’s Special Events team for further information.

What time does my event need to end?

We ask that events conclude by 11 pm. Please contact the Museum’s Special Events team for further information.

Can anyone cater an event at the Museum?

The Museum has a preferred catering list that we ask you to choose from for your event. If you decide to select a caterer not featured on the preferred catering list, an additional fee will apply.

Preferred caterers include:

  • A Sharper Palate
  • Garnish
  • Goodrich Gourmet Catering Company
  • Groovin’ Gourmets
  • Mosaic Catering + Events
  • White House Catering

Do you have certain vendors that you have to use?

The Museum has a preferred catering list, but other vendors are welcome. Please have your vendor contact the Museum’s Special Events team for policies.

Do you have a stage available?

Yes. The Museum has a stage available on a first come, first serve basis.

Are bands or DJs allowed?

Yes, live bands and DJs are permitted during special events.

Can the Foucault Pendulum be removed from the Rotunda during my event?

Yes, for an additional $500 the Foucault Pendulum can be removed during your special event. This adds to the maximum amount of guests that can attend an event in the Rotunda.

If we rent a space at the Museum for our wedding ceremony, are we allowed a rehearsal?

If the space is available, yes. If the space is unavailable, the Museum’s Special Events team will find a suitable alternative for your rehearsal.

Are pictures allowed at the Museum?

Yes, photography is permitted in the Museum.

Can we serve alcohol at our event?

Yes, alcohol is allowed in all of our rental spaces. The Museum’s preferred caterers can assist you with staffing and stocking a bar, and will also provide the ABC license for the event.

Is security included?

The Museum includes a certain amount of security guards for your event. If it is deemed that further security is necessary, either by the client or the Science Museum of Virginia, the client is responsible for the additional expenditure.

Can our guests explore the Museum exhibitions?

Yes, your guests may visit the Museum exhibition galleries as part of your event. Please ask the Museum’s Special Events team about availability and price.

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