Aquarium pavilion plaza

Venues & Rates

The Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX® Theater are available for evening events seven days a week from 7 - 10:30 P.M.

River Journey

The River Journey building can accommodate up to 300 for a seated dinner and more than 500 reception style. With several reception spaces to choose from, your guests will get up close to alligators, turtles, otters and thousands of freshwater fish.

  • $2,000 rental fee for up to 100 guests
  • Includes exhibit access to building and use of the outdoor pavilion
  • Additional guests over 100, $18 each

Ocean Journey

The Ocean Journey building can accommodate 50 for a seated dinner and more than 200 reception style. With food and drink in hand, guests will encounter penguins, butterflies, sharks, jellyfish and more!

  • $1,750 rental fee for up to 100 guests
  • Includes exhibit access to building
  • Additional guests over 100, $14 each

Tennessee Aquarium (River Journey and Ocean Journey)

For the enture Aquarium experience, host an event in both buildings! The Tennessee Aquarium can accommodate more than 3,000 for a private event and the outdoor pavilion can seat more than 600.

  • $3,250 rental fee for up to 100 guests
  • Includes complete exhibit access to River Journey and Ocean Journey
  • Includes use of the outdoor pavilion

IMAX 3D Theater and Great Hall

The IMAX Great Hall is the perfect venue for an elegant reception, corporate dinner or keynote address. The Great Hall can accommodate seating for 250 and 400 reception style. When renting the IMAX Great Hall and Theater, a private screening of an IMAX film is included. Theater capacity is 384.

  • $1,500 rental fee for up to 100 guests
  • Additional guests over 100, $8 each
  • Includes private screening of IMAX film

River Gorge Explorer

Sip cocktails while this 70-passenger catamaran takes you on an exciting cruise down the Tennessee River and into the Tennessee River Gorge. Bar and Catering options are available aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Private Charters are available for morning, afternoon and evening cruises.

  • $2,000 rental fee for a 2-hour private charter for up to 65 guests
  • Please note, cruise destination is dependent on boat traffic and weather conditions. 

Tables, Chairs, Linens

The Tennessee Aquarium will take care of your table, chair and linen needs at an additional cost. Because each event is different, a customized quote will be provided to you based on your estimated number of attendees and seating style preference (full seating, reception style with cocktail tables, etc.)

Rental Enhancements

Looking for additional ways to make your Aquarium event truly extraordinary? Ask about our current rental enhancements. We offer centerpieces, scavenger hunts, take-away gifts, signature cocktails and more!

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