A great venue for the young and young at heart
The Virginia Discovery Museum’s open layout, bright colors, interactive exhibits, and prime location on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall provide a fun, whimsical, and unique atmosphere for any corporate or social event. Planning a club function, company party, baby shower, graduation event, reception, retirement celebration, reunion, or team-building retreat? Enjoy the entire Museum to yourselves with VDM’s Sunday and after-hours facility rentals! The Museum has hosted educational seminars, Scout troop meetings, church group activities, corporate cocktail events, and even a wedding party, 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 (Includes 2 Hours): $350
- Cleaning Fee: $75
- Additional Time: $125 per Hour
*Rental times are all-inclusive and should incorporate set-up and clean-up times for your event.
- Open layout at a great Downtown Mall location
- 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
- A staff member on site to assist with your event
- 2-hour parking validation for you and your guests at Market Street Garage
- Catering recommendations
*Alcohol is permitted during facility rentals for private events.
Virginia Discovery Museum annual members receive discounts on the Museum’s facility rental rate for private events.
- Discovery-Level: 15% 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.