Situated in the midst of this monumental city, the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, resides in the lower level of the Commerce Building, a short walk from the Federal Triangle metro station.
Stunning underwater backdrops featuring a kaleidoscope of colorful creatures make this an ideal and intimate venue for corporate gatherings, holiday celebrations, and networking and social functions.
The space can comfortably accommodate up to 350 guests for a strolling reception, or 120 guests for a seated dinner. One inclusive rental fee provides exclusive occupancy of the entire space. Guests are able to view the exhibits at their leisure while enjoying your hospitality.
Our professional staff will work with you to plan every facet of your event. Treat your guests to a unique ambiance and stunning exhibits featuring 250 species of animals—a memorable backdrop everyone will love.
Price and Time
The Aquarium is available for rent year-round in the evenings, from 6–11 p.m., with an option for later closing hours.
Rental fee: $4,000
Support costs: $1,200 (based on the scope of the event)
The National Aquarium provides clients with a suggested list of recommended caterers whose menus and services have created successful and praise-worthy events. Caterers must agree to observe guidelines that meet safety and legal requirements of the facility.
Using the freshest ingredients, our preferred caterers all feature sustainable, local, and organic cuisine.
Whether you are looking to serve a bountiful buffet, a seated dinner, or fabulous light fare, our green-certified caterers will custom design a menu to meet your taste and budget.
A Greener Way to Celebrate
When you hold your special event at the nation’s first aquarium, a portion of your rental fee supports conservation education programs.
Hosting a green event has never been so elegant—or so easy! From compostable serving ware to sustainable menu selections, events at the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, are eco-friendly from start to finish.
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