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Reception
$1,500 starting price
Ceremony
$700 starting price
Reception
$1,000 starting price
Ceremony
$700 starting price

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The Hermitage Museum & Gardens is an outdoor wedding venue in Norfolk, Virginia. The stunning grounds of this location include gardens and a historic home that displays an impressive arts and materials collection. Wedding ceremonies or receptions can be hosted at one of the outdoor locations lush with mature trees, foliage and blooming flowers. The breathtaking view is enhanced due to this venue’s location along the shore of the Lafayette River. An idyllic and enchanting background surrounds you at Hermitage Museum & Gardens.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue offers four outdoor locations for your ceremony or reception, accommodating up to 250 people. Gather your friends and family near the Lafayette River as you share the special moment amid a serene backdrop of the water. The Grotto space offers a unique setting, perfected by a fountain and cherubic statue. Intimate gatherings are ideal for the Rose Garden and various wedding sizes can be hosted near the historical architecture of the 20th-century home. Scattered throughout this venue are moments of shade and natural light created by beautiful trees and a diverse landscape of gardens. Outdoor celebrations can include tents for evening wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Services Offered

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens offers access to the museum for your guests, a petite wedding suite, parking, and indoor and outdoor restrooms. This venue provides a list of preferred vendors for rentals, caterers, lighting, cake and desserts, event coordinators, photo booths, DJs and musicians, photographers, video, event insurance, florists, beauty and attire and transportation.

History

William and Florence Sloane built the house in 1908, originally as a summer home until using it as their primary residence. The house is an arts and crafts-style home enlarged to 42 rooms by 1936. The owners appreciated art and are described as educated collectors who helped to establish the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, known now as the Chrysler Museum. Florence and William Sloane’s contribution also extends to beginning the Hermitage Foundation with the purpose of promoting arts and crafts.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$700

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$700

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Parking

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What event services do you offer?

Wifi
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4.8 out of 5 rating
33 Reviews
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
93% Recommended by couples
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The Hermitage is highly recommended by reviewers for its stunning waterfront backdrop, beautiful gardens, and museum atmosphere. The staff, particularly Jennifer, is praised for their responsiveness and helpfulness throughout the planning process. While the venue is described as DIY, reviewers appreciate the ability to personalize their weddings. Some reviewers recommend renting additional equipment and extending the time to accommodate Norfolk's music curfew. Overall, guests had a breathtaking and perfect experience at the Hermitage.

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The Hermitage is highly recommended by reviewers for its stunning waterfront backdrop, beautiful gardens, and museum atmosphere. The staff, particularly Jennifer, is praised for their responsiveness and helpfulness throughout the planning process. While the venue is described as DIY, reviewers appreciate the ability to personalize their weddings. Some reviewers recommend renting additional equipment and extending the time to accommodate Norfolk's music curfew. Overall, guests had a breathtaking and perfect experience at the Hermitage.

Emma
Emma B. Sent on 05/17/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue!!

We just had our wedding at the Hermitage, and had the BEST experience possible! Jennifer was so easy to work with, she was always super responsive to my MANY questions, the other staff were very helpful, and the day went off without a hitch (as far as I know!). This is by far the MOST beautiful venue in the area, and our guests absolutely loved it.

I will note, for those considering it, that you will need to rent ALL the equipment, so take that into account when budgeting. Even so, well worth it, because our day was breathtaking, and I would not change a thing!
Molly
Molly R. Sent on 06/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous Venue, Friendly Staff

Our wedding day at the Hermitage was an absolute dream! Jennifer was easy to work with and always responded in a timely manner. The venue itself could not be more beautiful! Between the water, the garden, and the museum, it is perfect! We really loved that the Hermitage is kind of DIY in that you are only renting the space and have to bring in your own caterer, design, etc. It was so nice for us to make it our own - but this would have been next to impossible without a planner (We worked with Ashley with Soirees by Lauren and had an amazing experience and she knew the Hermitage in and out!). Also, I would highly recommend paying the additional $500 for an hour more time for your wedding if at all possible. The city of Norfolk has a quiet curfew and music has to be off at 10:15pm. We moved our start time up to 4:30pm and I have no idea how we would have gotten everything in otherwise. We couldn’t recommend this venue more - it was everything we wanted!
Whitney
Whitney J. Sent on 02/20/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue!

The Hermitage was the perfect spot for our perfect wedding - we can’t thank or recommend the whole team there enough!! The setting is just beautiful - on the water, a truly one of a kind home turned museum, and gorgeous gardens make for a breathtaking wedding venue. It is very DIY/BYO everything - rentals, caterers, planning, etc - but if you're up to the challenge or hire a planner its definitely worth it!! We had the most incredible day of our lives at the Hermitage!!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements
And I Love Her Violins And I Love Her Violins Wedding Musicians

I love playing at the Heritage Museum Gardens. Your wedding will be simply stunning and a ceremony by the big tree is my favorite place in the gardens. Look no further for a beautiful venue on the water.

Montero's Restaurant, Bar and Catering Montero's Restaurant, Bar and Catering Wedding Caterers

We absolutely LOVE working with the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. The breathtaking views and sunsets, the gorgeous gardens and ceremony spaces, and the intriguing history of the venue are just the beginning. It is truly a magical space and we are so lucky to have it in the Hampton Roads market! Engaged couples, if you are looking for a unique outdoor space, believe us when we say it is an absolute MUST-VISIT when searching for your venue.

Rev. Cory Newell and Associates Rev. Cory Newell and Associates Wedding Officiants

This outdoor only venue is beautiful! Many of my couples have booked me to officiate their wedding here. I love every moment because the place is hands down one of the most unique in Hampton Roads. It's located on the water, the gardens are stunning, and the architecture is what draws most if not the other items listed. The staff is attentive and take care of you as well. Happy to endorse! Much love, Pastor Cory <><

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Hermitage Museum & Gardens frequently asked questions

Hermitage Museum & Gardens includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking
The space offered by Hermitage Museum & Gardens for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Museum
Hermitage Museum & Gardens offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Hermitage Museum & Gardens offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
Hermitage Museum & Gardens offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Wifi
Hermitage Museum & Gardens is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.8 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.

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