Venues for Large & Small Events

Venues for Large & Small Events

Commonwealth Hall | Barbara & William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Gallery  | Halsey Family Hall | Thomas F. Farrell II GalleryVickie & Tom Snead Lobby

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Commonwealth Hall

Expansive and open, with high ceilings, a wall of windows, and great acoustics. Can be combined with the Barbara & William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Gallery; the Robins Family Forum (theater); and/or the Halsey Family Hall for larger events. Only available for rental after 5 pm.

  • Standing reception: 300
  • Banquet-style seating: 250

Barbara & William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Gallery

This versatile space is perfect as a reception area before entering the Halsey Family Hall for a program or meal or can be combined with the Commonwealth Hall for a larger event area. 

  • Standing reception: 50
  • Banquet-style seating: 30

Collage of events in Halsey Hall. Images courtesy of (clockwise, from top left): Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Virginia Ashley Photography, Justin Chesney, Paige Stevens Photography, Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Halsey Family Hall  

This spacious, multi-purpose room is the ideal space to express your individual creativity. Perfect for a seated dinner, meeting, large reception, or community gathering. Features a raised stage that can accommodate a lectern or small musical group, a large drop-down screen (120 inches x 160 inches), public WiFi, and sound booth. Can be combined with the Barbara & William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Gallery for a larger event space.

  • Standing reception: 300
  • Theater-style seating: 200
  • Banquet-style seating: 150

Olsson Gallery.

Thomas F. Farrell II Gallery

Features high ceilings, stunning parquet floors, and the Landscapes of Virginia exhibition. Can be combined with the Vickie & Tom Snead Lobby for larger events. Only available for rental after 5 pm.

  • Standing reception: 120
  • Theater-style seating: 120
  • Banquet-style seating: 80

Vickie & Tom Snead Lobby

The original historic entrance hall off of N Arther Ashe Boulevard, with high ceilings and graceful marble floors and columns. Can be combined with the Thomas F. Farrell II Gallery for larger events. Only available after 5 pm.

  • Standing reception: 35
Riley Yetter, Manager of Special Events

To learn more or book your event, please contact Riley Yetter, Manager of Special Events, at 804.342.9676 or events@VirginiaHistory.org