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 both day and evening wedding ceremonies or receptions.
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens offers access to a bridal suite, parking and wireless Internet. This venue provides a list of preferred vendors for rentals, caterers, lighting, cake and desserts, event coordinators, photo booths, DJs and musicians, hotels and accommodations, photographers, video, event insurance, florists, beauty and attire and transportation.
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.
24 Reviews for Hermitage Museum & Gardens
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Kyndall H. · Married on 10/11/2020
Ceremony and reception venue
The hermitage was amazing and so beautiful! It rained on and off all day and the pictures are still stunning because of the amazing greenery and vintage looking locations throughout the venue. Sarah was such a huge asset to making this wedding happen, from always answering every question I had to being there on the wedding day to hype us all up and make sure we had everything we needed! I can’t say enough good things about this amazing venue and the staff that I was able to work with(shoutout again Sarah!) it was the most perfect day!Sent on 10/13/2020
Emma M. · Married on 02/10/2021
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is Norfolk's hidden treasure. Tucked away on the Elizabeth River, there is not a more romantic spot. The Hermitage supports a variety of artists so it truly is a fantastic venue with amazing, vibrant energy. The beautiful tree in the back is the perfect anchor, the patio is the perfect dance floor, and the shipyard in the distance is so romantic. The women who coordinate the venue are delightful and very responsive. On the practical side, they have very clean renovated bathrooms and the property is well lit! Their dates fill up quickly so get on their calendar!Sent on 01/07/2020
Bri L. · Married on 10/10/2020
Sarah and the team at the Hermitage were amazing! My experience was perfect, they were accommodating and helped make the day nothing short of perfect.Sent on 10/13/2020
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Sarah is originally from New Mexico where she started her career in the events industry. She moved to Virginia to be with her fiance and has fallen in love with the East Coast. Sarah loves working at the Hermitage and is constantly in awe of its beauty. She adores all of the couples that get married at the Hermitage and always loves to see how they make their day special and unique.
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.
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.
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 <><