Host an Event
Our award-winning spaces will make the perfect venue for your next unforgettable event.
With its convenient Center City location, the Barnes is a perfect choice for occasions that bring people together—from graduations and class reunions to anniversary dinners, retirement parties, and other memorable celebrations. Our building is fully accessible, and our event spaces can be adapted to fit the specific needs of your event.
Our experienced staff and catering team will help you plan every detail. Other benefits of hosting 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, Annenberg Court opens onto a large terrace, creating a beautiful indoor-outdoor space for entertaining. This versatile space can be decorated to fit any taste.
• Reception (standing): 800
• Banquet (seated): 350–400
Our new Garden Pavilion is an ideal venue for receptions or dinners. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, your guests will enjoy a view of the Barnes Foundation's beautiful parklike setting.
- Reception (standing): 80–100
- Banquet (seated): 60
Lower Lobby Suite
Light from the Gallery Garden—an open-air atrium planted with sweet gum, ginkgo trees, and a variety of ferns—bathes the lower-level suite. This cozy, art-filled space is perfect for cocktail parties and intimate banquets.
- Reception (standing): 125
- Banquet (seated): 60–80
The restaurant and adjacent garden provide a beautiful setting for dinner parties. With transitional glass walls and an open kitchen, the Garden Restaurant can transform from casual to formal for an easygoing get-together or a black-tie affair. A reflecting pool and surrounding flora create a private, tranquil oasis right in the city.
- Reception (standing): 80–100
- Banquet (seated): 80
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.
Meet the Team
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.
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 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 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.
With an impressive list of Executive and Corporate Chef appointments that include Neiman Marcus in Dallas and the Myriad Restaurant Group on Martha's Vineyard, Anita brings to the Barnes Foundation 30 years of experience in the culinary arts. Anita was named "Best Chef Midwest" by Cincinnati Magazine, and "Best Chef Cincinnati" twice by Midwest Living. She has published recipes and notations in Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, and more.
Heather seamlessly oversees all catering and event sales at STARR venues and represents the STARR brand at high-profile networking events. She holds a B.S. from SUNY Plattsburgh State University and an M.S. from Drexel University, and is an active member of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), International Live Events Association (ILEA), and Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA).
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.