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Our award-winning spaces will make the perfect venue for your next unforgettable event. 

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Corporate Events

Conveniently located in Center City, the Barnes Foundation is an ideal place to hold your next corporate event. Our state-of-the-art building—designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners—is fully accessible and boasts grand open spaces, comfortable meeting rooms, and spectacular garden settings.

Our experienced events staff and catering team will guide you and help you flawlessly execute your plan. Other benefits of hosting your event at the Barnes include:

  • Complimentary access to the collection, gardens, and special exhibitions
  • Complimentary parking and coat check; valet parking available
  • On-site audio-visual support
  • Use of Barnes images for invitations and event-related publications
  • Corporate Council membership benefits for one year including free admission, on-site discounts, and invitations to special events and programs

Event Spaces

Annenberg Court and Terrace

Adjacent to the Collection Gallery, the light-filled Annenberg Court is a versatile space that can be adapted for events of all kinds. The court opens onto an expansive terrace overlooking the lush landscape along the Parkway.

  • Reception (standing): 800
  • Banquet (seated): 350–400
A large entertaining space features wood floors and limestone walls.

Garden Pavilion

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a leafy courtyard, our new Garden Pavilion offers a tranquil setting for receptions of up to 100 guests. The event space encourages relaxation yet also houses top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment to meet any business needs.

  • Reception (standing): 75–100
  • Banquet (seated): 75
In the Garden Pavilion, tables set with china and wine glasses boast a garden view.

Lower Lobby Suite

Natural light from the Gallery Garden—an open-air atrium planted with sweet gum, ginkgo trees, and a variety of ferns—illuminates this comfortable lower-lobby space often used for cocktail parties. Native American ceramics and jewelry, the only collection pieces displayed outside the galleries, add artistic flair.

  • Reception (standing): 125
  • Banquet (seated): 60–80

The Garden Restaurant

Our restaurant and adjacent garden provide a lovely setting for private dinners and cocktail receptions. With transitional 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.

  • Reception (standing): 75
  • Banquet (seated): 60

Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium

This fully equipped auditorium is custom made for presentations, lectures, and symposia. The Barnes Foundation’s modern design and architectural elements are carried through in the room’s hardwood stage, hand-chiseled limestone wall panels, and cognac-color leather seats.

Capacity: 140

The Comcast Auditorium features limestone walls and leather seats.

Starr Catering Group

The exclusive caterer of the Barnes Foundation, Starr Catering Group will create an unforgettable culinary experience for you and your guests, with custom menus and an impeccably precise service plan to match the mission of your event. Shaved white truffle served tableside, gueridon-style cheese service, and a choice of cutlery to complement a perfectly aged NY strip steak are just a few of the unexpected touches you’ll enjoy. And you’ll find that our signature approach to creating culinary experiences and our ability to interpret and feature “food as art” align seamlessly with the refined reputation and the world-class collection at the Barnes. 

Meet the Team

Melissa Brannon

Senior Director for Business Strategy, Barnes

Melissa is an arts advocate who brings more than 30 years of experience to the Barnes-Starr team. She values creating incredible memories for her clients and is committed to providing excellent customer service. Thrilled to be a part of a team that embodies high standards for service and cuisine, Melissa is inspired and motivated by her colleagues and clients every day.

Matt Brogan

Senior Manager for Event Operations, Barnes

A Philadelphia native, Matt received a BA from La Salle University and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has more than ten years of experience planning and executing events and programs. Matt enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Tait

Event Manager, Barnes

Rachel brings an ability to manage multiple events with ease and grace. She is excited to provide excellent, thoughtful experiences and service to all clients. Rachel is a multilingual artist, graduate of Temple University, and a Philadelphia resident. 

Christian Lindberg

General Manager, Starr Catering Group

Christian offers 25 years of experience to the Barnes/Starr team. Born and raised just outside of New York City, he began his career after attending Syracuse University. A Level II Certified Sommelier, he enjoys sharing his passion for wine. He is a proud father of two and lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Anita Hirsch

Executive Chef, Starr Catering Group at the Barnes Foundation

With an impressive list of executive and corporate chef appointments, including stints with Neiman Marcus in Dallas and the Myriad Restaurant Group in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Anita has over 30 years of experience in the culinary arts. She was named “Best Chef Midwest” by Cincinnati Magazine and “Best Chef Cincinnati” twice by Midwest Living, and has published recipes in Bon AppétitFood & WineSouthern Living, and more.

Heather Burke

Director of Catering, Starr Catering Group

Heather seamlessly oversees all catering and event sales at Starr venues and represents the Starr brand at high-profile networking events. She holds a BS from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MS from Drexel University, and is an active member of the National Association for Catering and Events, International Live Events Association, and Wedding International Professionals Association.

Katie Carter

Catering Sales Manager, Starr Catering Group

A Temple University graduate with a degree in business administration and marketing, Katie has been working in the hospitality industry for ten years. She loves bringing her creativity and passion for food, art, and music to her position at the Barnes.