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Gather Under Historic Train Canopies

The Thalhimer Pavilion can accommodate events of all sizes. Spacious and inviting, this tent-covered venue provides excellent protection against inclement weather conditions, however note this venue is non-climate controlled. The large open floor plan and historic train canopies offer the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Let us help bring the magic of your event to life with our expertise.

Image of Thalhimer Pavilion lecture at night by Michael Simon

© Michael Simon Photography

Additional Features

Image of group playing games and enjoying the Thalhimer Pavilion exterior by Michael Simon
Outdoor Green Space

Green space is a must for any gathering. Our rental includes an outdoor green space ideal for hosting ceremonies and cocktail receptions. This is a great spot to soak up some sun, play games, listen to a live band or enjoy an evening of fun.

Venue Details


  • Seated 400


  • Starting at $3,500+
  • 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 Thalhimer Pavilion with decorated tables by Michael Simon
Michael Simon Photography
Wedding outside Thalhimer Pavilion by Michael & Laura Photography
Michael & Laura Photography
Event in the Thalhimer Pavilion
Aerial view of the Thalhimer Pavilion
Exterior of the Thalhimer Pavilion
Wedding reception in the Thalhimer Pavilion by Lighting Professors
Photo by Lighting Professors
Wedding couple dancing in the Thalhimer Pavilion by Xiaoqi Li
Xiaoqi Li Photography
Image of Thalhimer Pavilion at night
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What Are People Saying?

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

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

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.

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Science Museum of Virginia building photo during the day.