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Three Unique Venues

The Nauticus Collection is the only set of waterfront venues in downtown Norfolk, complete with unparalleled and awe-inspiring views, unique settings, and exceptional service for every guest. Our gorgeous settings make for incredible photo opportunities: from our engaging interactive exhibits inside Nauticus to the majestic Battleship Wisconsin and the Schooner Virginia, our settings will produce extraordinary memories.

Please note, as of May 2024, the Half Moone Center is no longer available for private event bookings. Nauticus is also undergoing renovations and bookings inside the museum will be limited, please inquire for more details.


Venue One

Nauticus Museum


Nauticus offers a unique waterfront venue for your next corporate event, wedding or family reunion! Pardon our dust – some exhibits are currently under renovation and not available to rent at this time. Exciting changes are coming! Please schedule a consultation to learn about current availability.

Explore our new exhibit galleries set to open in 2024 through the Reimagine Nauticus Campaign.

With seating for up to 350 people, this location is ideal for presentations, performances, and award ceremonies. It features a large-format screen.

Enjoy spectacular waterfront views from the Elizabeth River Landing which includes nearly 12,000 square feet of our new state-of-the-art exhibit spaces, Design. Build. Sail. and Our Port.



Venue two

Battleship Wisconsin


Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Your guests will be transported back in time as they walk the teakwood decks of this majestic ship that earned six battle stars in World War II and Korea.

PRESERVING A NATIONAL TREASURE

By hosting your event on the Battleship Wisconsin, you are contributing towards sharing the history of this legendary vessel. The Nauticus Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization charged with ensuring preservation and interpretation of Battleship Wisconsin. Your event can help with this mission!

Seating capacity is dependent on table placement, while up to 600 standing guests can be accommodated.

The main deck of the battleship features inspiring views of the gun turrets and Norfolk’s city skyline.

Up to 250 guests can be seated in this area and up to 500 standing guests can be accommodated.

The fantail is the large open outdoor area on the aft of the battleship, perfect for enjoying the sunsets on the Elizabeth River.

Populated with period tables and chairs, it can accommodate 80 pampered guests.

The Wardroom is where officers had their meals and relaxed.

Seated capacity is 60 with standing capacity of 120.

In this area on the main deck behind the breakwater, your guests can dine under the imposing shadows of the Wisconsin’s big guns.


Venue three

Schooner Virginia


Private Charter

Charter the Schooner Virginia for a unique cruise along the Elizabeth River, this tall ship’s rich history sets the ideal ambiance for your wedding and celebrations. Ideal for groups of 20-55 people. Charters are subject to availability in May – October timeframe. Catering, insurance, etc. not included in fee, must
Please inquire for pricing,

Corporate Team Building

Our 120-foot schooner is ideal for groups of 20-50 people. Set sail on an action packed cruise. Select from a list of activities designed to emphasize collaboration and demonstrate how critical thinking and conflict resolution empower group dynamics.
Please inquire for pricing.

*Christmas in July Special*

Book your holiday event before the end of July and receive one additional hour on your rental for FREE!
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