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.

The Lupton Room

Host your daytime meeting in The Lupton Room, an event space that is also home to moon jellies and colorful freshwater fish! This 3,000+ sq. ft. space is fully equipped with AV and dimmable lighting. Located in the River Journey Building, this room is available for rental from 8am to 5:00pm daily. The Lupton Room can accommodate up to 250 guests at seated rounds, 350 auditorium style, and 500 standing for a cocktail reception.

  • $26 per person ($2,000 minimum fee)
  • Partial day rentals available up to 6 hours
  • Includes access to both Aquarium buildings for guests on day of rental
  • Includes tables, chairs and linens
  • Includes use of standard AV (84” monitor, podium, microphone)

* The Lupton Room is also available after 5PM as part of the River Journey package.

River Journey

The River Journey building offers multiple reception spaces to celebrate a special occasion or entertain clients. With food and drink in hand, your guests will appreciate our leadership in freshwater conservation as they get up close to alligators, turtles, otters and thousands of freshwater fish. This building accommodates 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
•    Includes rental of the Lupton Room
•    Rental hours are typically from 7:00-10:30 PM
•    Tables, chairs, bar and food are additional costs

Ocean Journey

The Ocean Journey building features spectacular views of the Tennessee River. With food and drink in hand, your guests will enjoy penguins, sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, a butterfly garden and much more.  This building accommodates 50 for a seated dinner and more than 200 reception style.  
•    $1,750 rental fee for up to 100 guests
•    Includes exhibit access to building
•    Additional guests over 100, $14 each
•    Rental hours are typically from 7:00-10:30 PM
•    Tables, chairs, bar and food are additional costs

Full Aquarium (River Journey and Ocean Journey)

Why choose one building when your guests can enjoy access to both Aquarium buildings?  River Journey and Ocean Journey provide the perfect venue for a lavish reception. Rental of the entire Aquarium can accommodate up to 3,000 guests for an unforgettable evening experience.   
•    $3,250 rental fee for up to 100 guests
•    Includes complete exhibit access to River Journey and Ocean Journey
•    Additional guests over 100, $26 each 
•    Rental hours are typically from 7:00-10:30 PM
•    Tables, chairs, bar and food are additional costs

IMAX 3D Theater and Great Hall

The 2-story arches in the IMAX Great Hall set the stage for an elegant wedding reception or corporate dinner.  With a six-story screen and AV capabilities, the IMAX 3D Theater offers a premiere film experience and one-of-a-kind venue for an event. The IMAX Great Hall can accommodate seating up to 250 for a seated dinner or 400 reception style. The IMAX 3D Theater has a capacity of 384.

  • $1,500 rental fee for up to 100 guests
  • Additional guests over 100, $8 each
  • Includes private screening of IMAX film
  • Includes access to the IMAX Garden
  • Rental hours are typically from 7:00-10:30 PM
  • Tables, chairs, bar and food are additional costs

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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Please contact Evening Event Planner Kelsey Koukol, 423-785-3067, to get started planning your next event!