A great venue for the young and young at heart
Whether you have young children or are just young at heart, the Virginia Discovery Museum’s open layout, bright colors, interactive exhibits, and great location on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall provide a fun, whimsical, and unique atmosphere for any corporate or social event. Planning a club function, team-building retreat, company party, reception, baby shower, graduation event, reunion, or retirement celebration? Enjoy the entire Museum to yourselves with VDM’s easy, hassle-free Sunday and after-hours facility rentals! The Museum has hosted educational seminars, Scout troop meetings, church group activities, corporate cocktail events, and even wedding parties, and we can’t wait to provide a memorable setting for your next event.
The Museum space is available for private rental on Sundays and starting after 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Rental times are subject to staff availability, and all facility rentals must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. A $50 deposit is required to reserve a date, and reservations made less than two weeks before the requested date are subject to a $35 late fee. Deposits are refundable until two weeks before the event date.
- Base Rental (2-Hour Minimum Required): $300
- Cleaning Fee: $75
- Additional Time: $75 per Half Hour
*Rental times are all-inclusive and should incorporate set-up and clean-up times for your event.
- Exclusive use of the entire Museum for you and your guests
- Access to the Museum’s kitchen
- Use of the Museum’s tables and chairs (Detailed in the Facility Rental Contract)
- A staff member on site to assist with your event
- 2-hour parking validation for you and your guests at Market Street Garage
*Alcohol is permitted during private event rentals, and our staff is happy to offer catering recommendations.
Virginia Discovery Museum annual members receive discounts on the Museum’s facility rental rate for private events.
- Family-Level: 10% off facility rental rate
- Discovery-Level: 15% off facility rental rate
- Explorer-Level: 20% off facility rental rate
Reserve a Date
Have a date for your event in mind? Call (434) 977-1025 x102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if the Museum is available for a facility rental. After our staff has helped you settle on a rental time and the facility rental contract has been signed and returned, you can either submit your $50 reservation deposit via the online deposit link we email to you or pay it in person at the Museum. It's as easy as that!
Please note: The date and time for your facility rental are not reserved until you receive a deposit confirmation email from a Museum staff member. If you do not receive a deposit confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting your deposit, please contact us.