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Events in Philadelphia

Events in Philadelphia

Event on the West Terrace

The Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus is an elegant structure that features a stunning glass canopy, which filters natural light into the galleries by day, and softly illuminates the building at night. With over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space to choose from, the Philadelphia campus offers a variety of venues to suit your entertaining needs.

Distinctive Event Services

A dedicated events specialist to support and guide you through the planning process.

  • Complimentary private tours of the collection, gardens, and special exhibitions
  • Complimentary parking and coat check. Valet parking available.
  • On-site audio visual support
  • Use of Barnes images for invitation design and event-related publications
  • Gifts for guests are available for discounted purchase with complimentary gift wrapping.

The Court and Terrace
Adjacent to the Collection Gallery, the luminescent Annenberg Court is a living room on a grand scale, flowing out onto a terrace to create a beautiful indoor-outdoor space with a refined back-porch atmosphere.

The Court is covered by a cantilevered glass light box that extends over the terrace, letting in natural light by day and radiating dramatic illusion by night. In the evening, a lusterware-tiled fireplace illuminates the terrace, framed by the seasonal beauty of the surrounding Parkway landscape.

Garden Restaurant
The restaurant and adjacent garden provide a beautiful setting for intimate dinners and cocktail receptions.

With sliding glass walls and an open kitchen, the Garden Restaurant can transform from casual to formal for a relaxed get-together or a black-tie affair. A reflecting pool and surrounding flora create a private, tranquil oasis minutes from Center City.


Lower Level
With an open-air indoor garden-in-a-gallery designed as an homage to our Merion Arboretum, the lower-level lounge is beautifully framed by the Barnes Shop and the Honickman Library. Native American ceramics and jewelry, the only collection pieces displayed outside the galleries, add artistic flair to complement your special occasion.


Meeting Rooms and Auditorium
The seminar room, boardroom, and classrooms are elegant and distinguished spaces, suitable for hosting intimate gatherings or convening important business receptions. They seat 12 to 75 guests and are fully equipped for audiovisual presentations.

The Comcast|NBCUniversal Auditorium, with state of the art audio-visual capabilities is perfect for your film screenings, performances, lectures, and symposia. The building's modern design and architectural elements are carried through in the hardwood stage, hand-chiseled limestone wall panels, and cognac leather seats.


Please note: The Barnes Foundation does not permit religious ceremonies, weddings (religious or non-religious), events for children under the age of 18, or fundraising events.

More Information

Download our Special Events booklet for more information.


Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 215.278.7060.


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