Events in Merion

Events in Merion

Special Event in Merion

In the breathtaking setting of its 12-acre arboretum, the Barnes Foundation’s Merion campus is the perfect place for your next event. Whether you are planning an evening cocktail reception, an intimate afternoon garden party, or a corporate meeting, Dr. Barnes’s residence and the surrounding gardens offer a unique venue for you and your guests.

At the Merion campus, host a variety of events:

Breakfasts – Continental Buffet or Full Breakfast Menu

Lunches – Buffet or Served

Teas – Afternoon gatherings indoors and out

Receptions and Dinners – Cocktail Reception, Buffet or Seated Dinner, Wine and Cheese Tastings

Garden Parties – Outdoor receptions, weather permitting


Enjoy distinctive event services:

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

Complimentary private tours of the gardens by Arboretum specialists

Complimentary parking and coat check. Valet parking available

Use of Barnes images for invitation design and event-related publications

Gifts for guests available for discounted purchase with complimentary gift wrapping


Choose from indoor or outdoor spaces, or combine the two to make the most of this beautiful facility:

The Residence
The former home of Dr. and Mrs. Barnes provides a distinct and charming venue for intimate special events. Choose one or both of two available spaces: the Dining Room and the Library. The Dining Room can accommodate a seated dinner for 40 guests and a reception for 50. The Library can accommodate a seated dinner for 30 guests and a reception for 40.

The Gardens
Originally curated by Laura Barnes, the 12-acre grounds are full of lush ornamental plants from around the world. Choose from serene backdrops like the Garden Terrace, the Rose Garden, or the Great Lawn for a memorable al fresco event. All outdoor events are weather permitting.

More Information

Download our Special Events booklet for more information.

Contact Us

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