Rentals and Private Events at Alexandria Black History Museum

The Museum and the adjacent Watson Reading Room can be rented for private events.

Page updated on Jun 21, 2021 at 11:41 AM
Black History Rental

Rentals: General Information

The Alexandria Black History Museum is the perfect setting for patrons interested in an intimate, historic setting with ethnic flair. The museum complex is comprised of two sites – the  Alexandria Black History Museum and the adjacent  Watson Reading Room. The former 1940 Robert H. Robinson Library is now a gallery space that houses the museum’s permanent exhibition Securing the Blessing of Liberty, which examines early African American life in Alexandria. The Parker-Gray Gallery, where receptions are held, has a continuing roster of rotating exhibitions.

Either of these sites may be rented by the public for special events. Inquiries about renting any of Center’s facilities should be addressed to:

Rental Coordinator
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.746.4356

Contact the Museum 

The Alexandria Black History Museum

The first floor of the Alexandria Black History Museum may be rented for receptions, meetings and programs. Maximum capacity for any event held in the museum is 120 persons. The Robert Robinson Gallery, the Parker-Gray Gallery and the lobby area comprise the rental space. A kitchen and rest rooms are located on the same floor. All space is handicapped accessible.

The Watson Reading Room

The Watson Reading Room is available for small lectures and meetings. The maximum seating capacity for this room is 40 persons. The Watson Reading Room is handicapped accessible.

Rental Rates 

Security deposit of one half of entire fee required for all rental events.

The rental fee includes tables and chairs. Linens should be provided by the caterer.

Event Type  

Civic/Non-Profit & General Public

Meetings, Lectures, Workshops, seminars
(Watson Reading room)


Meetings, Lectures, Workshops, Seminars 
(Parker-Gray Gallery)


Reception, Party, Special Events 
(Parker-Gray Gallery) 


Piano rental


In line with other City facilities, there is a non-refundable $50 fee for events serving alcoholic beverages.
Appropriate ABC permits are required for serving alcoholic beverages; visit  VABC for more information.