Special Events

The Science Museum of Virginia has great spaces that are perfect for everything from a professional meeting to a gala for more than 600 guests. Our on-site event planners work with you to ensure every detail is covered, whether you're looking for dramatic elegance or casual fun.

Your guests will appreciate our free parking, easy and nearby access to I-95, I-64 and I-195.

To arrange a tour or to learn more about hosting an unforgettable event at the Museum, review our spaces and fees, call 804.864.1400 or email us.

Proceeds from special events fees help the Museum reach its goal of improving science literacy for all Virginians. Just another reason you'll feel good about hosting your event at the Museum.


ROTUNDA
The Rotunda of the Science Museum of Virginia features a magnificent five-story dome unlike any other in Richmond. Ideal for a cocktail party, wedding reception or corporate event, your guests will be dazzled by the grandeur of the architecture and history. Explore our exhibit galleries during your event for an additional fee. 
Capacities: Stand-up reception 500; seated dinner 250

RF&P FORUM 
Celebrate the history of Broad Street Station in the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Forum. Originally Broad Street Station’s dining room, the RF&P Forum is a terrific place for a business meeting, lecture or lunch meeting.  
Capacities: Stand-up reception 150; seated dinner/conference 100; lecture-style seating 175

MS. BARBARA THALHIMER DISCOVERY ROOM
Host a lecture, a class or a staff meeting in this space where guests will be surrounded by a geological overview of Virginia.
Capacities: Stand-up reception 125; seated dinner/conference 80; lecture-style seating 150

THALHIMER PAVILION 
The Museum’s largest space, this 13,650-square-foot tented area is a wonderful place for your next gala fundraiser, company party, wedding reception or high school prom. Use the historic train stairs to make your grand entrance. 
Capacities: Stand-up reception 800; seated dinner 500; lecture-style seating 900

GARNER PAVILION 
Add flair to your event by hosting your guests in a scenic outdoor setting among the historic train canopies at Broad Street Station. 
Capacity: Outdoor venue, partially covered picnic area 1,500

THE DOME RING AND THEATER RENTAL OPTION
Virginia’s largest movie screen creates the ultimate you-are-there experience. Choose a film from our collection to enjoy at a screening just for your group. Host a reception in the ring around The Dome and enjoy our current feature exhibit.  
Capacity: 250 seated

MS. BARBARA THALHIMER THEATER 
This traditional presentation facility is available for multimedia programs, screen presentations and speakers.
Capacity: 119 seated