Event Guidelines & FAQ’s

  • Events take place from 7:00 – 10:30 PM.
  • The Aquarium closes to the public at 6:00 PM. Setup of tables/chairs, catering equipment, decorations, etc. takes place after that time.
  • Caterers provide food for events. Servicing buffet lines and setup & breakdown of catering equipment is also the responsibility of the caterer.
  • The Tennessee Aquarium provides all tables, chairs and linens for evening events. This cost is in addition to the rental fee.
  • Only Tennessee Aquarium approved caterers may be used in the Aquarium, IMAX Center or River Gorge Explorer.
  • The Tennessee Aquarium requires the use of a licensed wedding coordinator for all Ceremonies and Receptions. The Aquarium must approve this coordinator before any contract is finalized. 
  • The Tennessee Aquarium provides all bar service for events. Event hosts may not bring in alcoholic beverages or soft drinks of any kind from outside sources.
  • River Journey and the IMAX Great Hall can accommodate bands, DJs and/or piped in custom music.
  • Please inquire about decoration options. Tealight candles with a glass container are approved while balloons are not allowed in the Aquarium or IMAX.
  • The Aquarium will provide wheelchairs.
  • Parking is not included.
  • The IMAX Theater is available for events and private movie viewing during non-operational hours. Private screenings during operational hours may be available based on availability with an additional charge. Please call for inquiries on dates and times.
  • Extras!  Ask how you can make your event truly unique with one or more of these add-ons:
      ~ Dive Shows
      ~ Animal Encounters
      ~ Coat Check
      ~ Take-away Gifts

For more information complete the form below or contact Shelby Wade at 423-785-3066. 

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