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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach, VA, VA
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(757) 385-0306

About Us

The Virginia Aquarium Marine & Science Center is a museum wedding venue located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with configurations and space to accommodate parties of all sizes.

Host a rehearsal dinner at the Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, celebrate the wedding ceremony on the Outside Marsh Deck or have a reception that overlooks Owls Creek. Afterwards, guests can explore sharks, sea turtles, or any of the other hundreds of amazing animals.

Facilities and Capacity

The unique spaces at the Aquarium provide an aura of sophistication and excitement to any event. Rent one space, or rent the entire Main Building and amaze up to 1,200 guests!

  • The McLeskey Promenade Room features a wall of dazzling floor to ceiling windows that overlook Owls Creek. It is perfect for a wedding, wedding rehearsal, or family gathering for up to 120 guests seated around a dancing area, with additional guests accommodated for a standing reception.
  • The Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, located adjacent to the Promenade Room, accommodates up to 50 guests for dinner or 300 for a standing reception.
  • The Restless Planet Gallery is perfect for an intimate dinner, and features the enthralling Red Sea Tunnel aquarium.


Sodexo is the exclusive caterer for the Aquarium, and offers menu choices from a formal dinner to a casual buffet. With options for cash bars, consumption bars, and open bars, couples can customize their special day to their liking.


Grace Moreno

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  • Man, let me just say I was so excited to find out that we could potentially have our wedding at the aquarium -its one of my favorite places. Unfortunately, that delight diminished as the time went on without a reply for them. Once they FINALLY reached out, they said they would be unavailable for that date. That was totally fine, no problem, yet I still requested the information on prices due to our date being flexible. AGAIN, never got a reply. So unfortunate to have experienced such unprofessionalism in regards to getting a response from the or prices. Other than that, I can't really say much!

    responded with the following comments.

    Please accept my apology for not responding to you sooner. You are now considering the date of Sunday, October 18, 2020 and that is open, presently. I would like to send you the Wedding Information. With kindest regards, Cecelia

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 975.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 975.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 20.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    House Beer, House Wine

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Garden, Museum, Waterfront

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Photo booth, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February

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