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Bride and groom celebrate on Jamestown Settlement's ships' pier.

A bride and groom celebrate on Jamestown Settlement’s ships’ pier.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown history museums feature dramatic spaces for after-hours private events and special occasions, including weddings.

The museums, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, tell the story of America’s beginnings – from the first permanent English settlement in 1607 through America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 through exhibits and outdoor living-history experiences.

In addition to daytime touring, the museums offer unique settings and experiences for a memorable and successful after-hours event, whether it entails an evening reception in Jamestown Settlement’s rotunda, dinner in the re-created 1610-14 fort, cocktails on the ships’ pier overlooking the James River. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, evening events can be held in the re-created Continental Army encampment or on a patio under the stars.

Both museums are located near a selection of hotel, bed and breakfast and timeshare accommodations in the Williamsburg and Yorktown area. Amenities include ample parking for motorcoaches and cars. All museum areas, except the Jamestown Settlement ships, are wheelchair accessible.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

For more information, options and availability, call (757) 253-4838 or toll-free (888) 593-4682 or email

Jamestown Settlement Wedding and Reception Sample Timeline

Fall/Spring, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For up to 200 guests

The Great Hall is a perfect place for your wedding reception.

The Great Hall is a perfect place for your wedding reception.

Until 5:00 p.m. on the special day, your family and friends could stroll through the galleries, visit the Powhatan Indian village, ships and fort at Jamestown Settlement.

At 5:00 p.m., guests who have been touring on site would be asked to gather in a private area as the museum closes and preparation for your private event takes place.

At 6:00 p.m., your wedding ceremony could take place in the Gazebo followed by a reception and dancing on one of the partially covered patios that adjoin Jamestown Settlement museum.  The Robert V Hatcher, Jr., Rotunda is a perfect place for your wedding cake and a champagne toast to your new life together. You might even want to capture some lasting memories with photography on the Quadricentennial Plaza.  As the sun sets, candles and lanterns could illuminate the patios and covered areas.

Additional Amenities: Guests can visit Jamestown Settlement from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as many times as they like on the day of the wedding with the option of upgrading their ticket to visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for a nominal fee. Ample parking and restrooms are available for your guests.

Daytime Tour/Evening Event Option at Jamestown Settlement includes: Jamestown self-guided visit for up to 200 guests during operating hours; after-hours event, plus one indoor location with adjoining patios and access points for up to 3 hours.  (Outdoor Areas and Interpreters are not included.) Facility use fee: $4,000.

In case of inclement weather your event could be moved indoors with the wedding ceremony and reception in the Rotunda followed by dancing with music or a band in the Education Wing Classrooms.

Catering, rental fees, permits, extended hour fees, additional personal fees and any other additional charges are not included in Facility Use Fee (above).  All user guidelines in the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Facilities Use Plan approved by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, dated December 2010 apply.

This proposal is subject to availability and approval by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation executives before space can be reserved. A signed contract with deposit is required to confirm the reservation.

For additional information, email