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Events in Philadelphia

Events in Philadelphia

Photo by Susan Beard

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
A balance of soaring grandeur and thoughtful detail provides an incomparable backdrop for your event. Centrally located on the ground floor, the court is a versatile space that is transformed by changing light throughout the day. A perfect venue for a dinner reception and dancing.

The Terrace
The perfect space for a formal cocktail reception or networking event, the terrace, conveniently located off the central court, looks out over the gardens of the neighboring Rodin Museum. This partially covered outdoor venue will be available seasonally.

The Auditorium
Located on the lower level, the 150-person auditorium is available for both daytime and evening events. Designed with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities, the space is well-suited for film screenings, performances, lectures, and symposia. 

The Auditorium Lobby
This venue can be used alone or in conjunction with the auditorium or seminar room as a pre-event space, perfect for buffets and receptions.

The Seminar Room
A multi-purpose meeting space that features two 65” flat touch-screen panels and simulcast capabilities from the auditorium.


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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