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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

Walter and Leonore 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
  • Dinner (seated): 350–400
A large entertaining space features wood floors and limestone walls.

Frances M. Maguire Garden Pavilion

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a leafy courtyard, the Maguire 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.

  • Meeting: 70
  • Classroom-style: 50
  • Reception (standing): 75–85
  • Dinner (seated): 60
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
Dinner (seated): 70–80

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
  • Dinner (seated): 50

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.

Constellation Culinary Group

The exclusive caterer of the Barnes Foundation, Constellation Culinary 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-Constellation 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.

Rebekah Gable

Senior Manager of Business Development, Barnes

A 17-year resident of Philadelphia, Rebekah joined the Barnes Foundation in 2015 to lead tourism and group sales initiatives in addition to providing business metrics and servicing special events. She enjoys working with clients to develop meaningful experiences and long-term partnerships.

Colleen Delaney

Sales Manager, Groups and Events, Barnes

Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Colleen is a proud member of the Barnes team. She offers a warm welcome and a wide range of knowledge for all clients. She enjoys collaborating with tour operators and groups leaders to create unforgettable experiences.

McKenna Macko

Venue Sales Event Manager, Barnes

Bucks County native and Philadelphia resident McKenna is an arts advocate with a passion for event execution. She holds a BS in hospitality management and has experience in non-profit event planning with several area organizations. She looks forward to working with you to create special memories with your friends and family.

Eric Bird

General Manager, Constellation Culinary Group

Eric brings over 15 years of hospitality and fine dining experience to the Barnes. Over his career, he has enjoyed developing, opening, and improving the food and beverage operations at numerous cultural destinations, including the New York Botanical Garden, Carnegie Hall, and the Pérez Museum of Art, Miami. Most recently, Eric served as regional manager for Constellation Culinary Group in Philadelphia and New York.

Anita Hirsch

Executive Chef, Constellation Culinary 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 Appétit, Food & Wine, Southern Living, and more.

Heather Burke

Director of Catering, Constellation Culinary Group

Heather seamlessly oversees all catering and event sales at Constellation venues and represents the Constellation 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.

Ginger Metzger

Catering Sales Manager, Constellation Culinary Group

Ginger pairs her keen operational approach, developed over a decade in the hospitality industry, with a strong background in the visual arts—she earned her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She brings her passion for creating beautiful experiences centered around exceptional food and drinks to the Barnes, and sees her arrival here as the culmination of her endeavors in her adopted home of Philadelphia.