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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
  • Gifts for guests available for discounted purchase, with complimentary gift wrapping

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.
Rows of dinner tables line the court, topped with festive flowers.

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): 80–100 
  • Banquet (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
  • Banquet (seated): 60–80
In the Lower Lobby Suite, two cozy leather chairs overlook an open-air atrium.

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): 80–100
  • Banquet (seated): 80
The Garden Restaurant has a view of a leafy courtyard.

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: 139

The Comcast Auditorium features limestone walls and leather seats.

Starr Catering Group

The exclusive caterer of the Barnes Foundation, Starr Events 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. 

A table is topped with an attractive array of bread, olives, and fruit.

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.

Michael Rouleau

Executive Chef, Starr Catering Group

Michael began cooking professionally when he was 17. While attending culinary school, he worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Connecticut. Michael's interest in fine foods brought him to Philadelphia, where he was honored to be named chef de cuisine at the award-winning restaurant Sbraga.

Erin Ketterer

Director of Catering, Starr Catering Group

With nearly ten years in the industry, Erin has earned a reputation as a client-focused event planner with an authentic spirit and an eye for detail. Erin believes that the most memorable events embody a sense of flow and a touch of magic. 

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.