Add LIFE to Your Event.

The Virginia Aquarium is the perfect place for a truly unique private event. Schedule a personal site visit by calling Cecelia Campbell  (757) 385-0306 or emailing her at

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Entire Aquarium

For a private affair, rent either the Bay & Ocean Pavilion (1,200 people) or the Marsh Pavilion (350 people), or both!

Bay & Ocean Pavilion

We offer a selection of rooms for daytime and evening events. Mix and match rooms to fit your venue - or rent the entire Bay & Ocean Pavilion and amaze up to 1,200 guests for an evening event!

Promenade Room

Day or evening, this amazing room with 40-foot-tall windows overlooking Owls Creek makes a unique venue for your wedding, family gathering or business retreat. At 1,560 square feet, the Promenade Room accommodates 120 people seated around an optional dance floor. Additional guests may be accommodated for a standing reception.

Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery

For a unique after-hours experience, enjoy dinner with the sharks, stroll by the sea turtles, or spend some private time with our octopus and jellyfish. The Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, located next to the Promenade Room, accommodates up to 50 guests for dinner or 300 for a standing reception.

Restless Planet Gallery

Include this spectacular exhibit in your evening event! Komodo dragons, a rare crocodile, hedgehogs, and the 100,000-gallon Red Sea walk-through aquarium will delight up to 350 guests.

Komodo Board Room

Perfect for smaller meetings, this room accommodates up to 15 people seated at a conference table that overlooks Owls Creek. The room even has its own private deck. It is equipped with audio-visual and wi-fi services, and our exclusive caterer can provide all snacks and meals.

National Geographic 3D Theater

Great for a speaking engagement, presentation or after-hours showing of one of our movies, the theater seats nearly 300 people.

Owls Creek Nature Path

Outdoor Wildflower Garden & Owls Creek Deck

Approximately half-way along the Owls Creek Nature Path, this lovely outdoor area can be tented or left open-air for a charming wedding ceremony, reception, garden party or musical recital for up to 150. The Virginia Aquarium's award-winning wildflower garden makes a lovely backdrop to your event.

Interactive Theater

For a lecture or class group of up to 88 people, the Interactive Theater is the ideal presentation venue. Full a/v and wi-fi services are included. Daytime rentals only.

Picnic Pavilion

Spend the day in our covered picnic area, which seats up to 100 people. It's a great place for a company barbecue or family reunion. Enjoy your event in the natural beauty of our Certified Wildlife Habitat.