Housed in a 100+-year-old train station designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, the Rotunda is an architectural marvel that boasts a breathtaking five-story dome ceiling with refined details that will make any occasion memorable. With the Foucault pendulum as a scientific and stylish centerpiece, this venue is perfect for a cocktail party, wedding reception or corporate event. The architecture's history and grandeur will leave your guests in awe.
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The sky's the limit with our beautiful venue options! Add more room to your Rotunda rental for an additional fee.
All Rotunda rentals include the RF&P Forum, located adjacent to the Rotunda. Originally Broad Street Station’s dining room, this now serves as the perfect space to host an intimate wedding ceremony or stage your event.
You can host a cocktail hour on the Front Portico and Newmarket Dome Plaza during the spring, summer and fall. These spaces allow your guests to explore the grand architecture from the outside, experience the iconic Earth Kugel and more.
Experience the science behind the SR-71 Blackbird or face off against an air-hockey robot by adding the Speed exhibition to your evening. This unique experience can be available for guests to enjoy throughout your event.
We had our reception in the Rotunda and a small ceremony on the balcony above the front doors. Shannon was amazing to work with. She was super communicative and answered all our questions in the months leading up to our wedding. We didn’t have to worry about logistics the day of because she had it all under control with the caterer.
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!
We visited the museum as guests and used it as the venue for our wedding. On both fronts, the experience was by all accounts immaculate. As a guest, you have access to many interesting and creative exhibits and experiences for a relatively low price (especially as far as entertainment in the area goes). As an event venue, you are treated to world-class communication and professional coordination, which in our case, was led by Shannon. All our guests were incredibly impressed with the venue, and I was impressed with how easy to work with and accommodating everyone there was.
To arrange a tour or to learn more about hosting an unforgettable event at the Science Museum contact our Special Events Team.
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