Host an Event
Our award-winning spaces will make the perfect venue for your next unforgettable event.
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
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
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 70 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): 40–50
- Dinner (seated): 60
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): 100
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): 40
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Chef, Constellation Culinary Group at the Barnes Foundation
A graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Philadelphia, O’Meara trained in some of the city’s landmark restaurants before opening his own critically acclaimed restaurant, Sweet Vidalia, in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Michael has also taught culinary training and restaurant development classes at South Philadelphia’s JNA Institute of Culinary Arts and served as executive chef of Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia, chef de cuisine at Jose Garces’s JG Domestic, and as an independent restaurant consultant for several high-end hospitality providers across Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Director of Catering, Constellation Culinary Group
Sarah has over 10 years of experience in creating events for corporate, social, and nonprofit clients. Her passion for culture and culinary has led her on a professional path that has included the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Metropolitan Opera House, and most recently Carnegie Hall, where she served as director of sales. Sarah finds inspiration in others and deeply enjoys bringing her client’s visions to reality. In her spare time, Sarah devours cultures through their culinary history.