IMAX Theater

So real, It's unreal
The huge, six-story screen at the IMAX 3D Theater puts YOU in the action. Travel to undersea reefs filled with colorful creatures, or visit exotic locations from around the world.



Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.

Event guidelines

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 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

Simply e-mail and we will get your event started in the right direction.

Facility Rental Brochure
Chattanooga Wedding and Meeting Venue Rental Brochure
Backstage Pass

NEW Backstage Passes will give you VIP access to get up-close, feed, and actually touch Aquarium animals.

Birthday Party Groups

The Tennessee Aquarium is a perfect place to spend time with friends and family on your child's special day. If you have a party of 10 or more attendees, why not plan a visit to the Aquarium?

Family & Church Groups

So your family or church group is coming to Chattanooga and you’ve got thetask of figuring out what to do? We can accommodate groups large and small.

Scout Programs

A visit to the Tennessee Aquarium is a fascinating troop outing and fun way to earn one of several badges related to nature or wildlife.

Send an E-postcard

Save a stamp and send some fun. Family and friends will enjoy receiving these personalized animal postcards via e-mail.

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