Where History and Elegance Combine
for an Unforgettable Experience

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.

Image of party in the Rotunda at night by Josia Mendoza Photography

© Josia Mendoza Photography

Additional Features

The sky's the limit with our beautiful venue options! Add more room to your Rotunda rental for an additional fee.

Image of Rotunda Forum by Kissick Weddings
RF&P Forum - Included

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.

Exterior image of Science Museum of Virginia during the day.
Front Portico and Newmarket Dome Plaza

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.

Image of SR71 in Speed

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.

Venue Details


  • Seated 250


  • Starting at $5,000+
  • 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.

Image of the Science Museum at night
Reception in the Rotunda by Candace Morgan Photography
Candace Morgan Photography
Image of wedding in the Rotunda by Josiah Mendoza Photography
Josiah Mendoza Photography
Image of tables in Rotunda by Amanda Arnold Photography
Amanda Arnold Photography
Image of wedding party in the Rotunda by Don Mears
Don Mears Photography
Image of wedding couple in Rotunda by Paige Stevens Photography
Paige Stevens Photography
Image of Rotunda event rental at night
Close up of Foucault pendulum by Justin Hankins Photography
Justin Hankins Photography
Image of party tables in Rotunda by Willow Britt-Studios
Willow Britt-Studios Photgraphy
Wedding couple outside of the Science Museum by Karen Gage
Karen Gage Photography

B&W Rotunda photo thanks to
Justin Hankins Photography

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What Are People Saying?

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.

- Knot.com Reviewer

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

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.

- Tom D.

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

Have Questions?

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Science Museum of Virginia building photo during the day.