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Make a Grand Entrance through
Historic Train Ramps

The Garner Pavilion is located on the western side of the Science Museum, nestled amongst Richmond's historic and treasured train canopies. This outdoor setting is the perfect spot to host a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one space. Antique trains combined with unique elements like the Aluminaut (the world's first aluminum submarine) and our original Earth Kugel make for a scenic masterpiece. Additionally, this spacious, open-air area is perfect for festivals and vendors who want to sell their goods in a picturesque and welcoming atmosphere.

Garner Pavilion set up for a wedding ceremony.

Additional Features

Image of Chesapeake and Ohio train on a sunny day

Located in the Garner Pavilion are several unique trains: a C&O Steam Engine, a RF&P Kitchen Car, a B&O Caboose and Car ONE! All make for perfect photo backdrops.

Image of orange and blue Aluminaut submarine on a sunny day

See the world's first aluminum submarine! After years of development, testing and fabrication, the Aluminaut was officially launched in 1964 and served many notable missions throughout history.

Venue Details


  • Seated 500


  • Starting at $4,000+
  • Our Special Events Team is ready and waiting to answer your questions. Connect with us today to inquire about availability, pricing and how we can help enhance your event.

Wedding couple enter Garner Pavilion through train ramp by Amanda Arnold Photography
Amanda Arnold Photography
Couple in Garner Pavilion RF&P by Michael & Laura Photography
Michael & Laura Photography
Band performing in the Garner Pavilion
Image of a party with paper lanterns in the Garner Pavilion
Groomsmen by Chesapeake and Ohio train by Justin Hankins Photography
Justin Hankins Photography
Vendors in the Garner Pavilion
Wedding party in the Garner Pavilion by Karen Gage Photography
Wedding couple by RF&P train by Amanda Maglione Photography
Amanda Maglione Photography
Tables setup in the Garner Pavilion
Image of Garner Pavilion by Kylie Hinson Photography
Kylie Hinson Photography
Image of train ramp entrance to the Garner Pavilion

Featured wedding couple by
Amanda Arnold Photography

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What Are People Saying?

Thank you so much for helping to make this such a special day for my daughter, our family, and our friends. The Science Museum of Virginia is a proud landmark of this great commonwealth, and we are so honored to be a tiny part of its rich history.

- John G., Father of Bride

Thank you so very much for all of your help with our wedding reception. You and your team did a phenomenal job, and we are very appreciative. Best of luck going forward, and we hope to see you around the Science Museum sometime.

Margaret & Will, Bride & Groom

Thank you for making the process of hosting our wedding at the Science Museum of Virginia as painless as possible! You were amazing to work with and incredibly accommodating! Our guests loved the venue, and we are so glad we celebrated our special day in such a special place!

Samantha & Thomas D., Bride & Groom

Book Your Event

To arrange a tour or to learn more about hosting an unforgettable event at the Science Museum contact our Special Events Team.

Exterior image of the Science Museum

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Science Museum of Virginia building photo during the day.