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Corporate Events

Conveniently located in Center City, the Barnes 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

More about corporate events.

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): 600-800
  • Dinner (seated): 350-400
  • Seated dinner with dancing: 250–300
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 70 guests. The event space encourages relaxation yet also houses top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment to meet any business needs.

  • Meeting: 50
  • Reception (standing): 40–50
  • Dinner (seated): 50
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): 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’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, 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.

Colleen Delaney Humes

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

Senior 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 nonprofit event planning with several area organizations. She looks forward to working with you to create special memories with your friends and family.

Kristina Petrick

General Manager, Constellation Culinary Group

As GM of Constellation at the Barnes, Kristina prioritizes smooth operations, open communication, and truly exceptional service above all else. She developed these pillars of her management philosophy over the course of a 15+ year hospitality career at the helm of a long list of noteworthy venues throughout the region. Most recently, Kristina served as assistant general manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Michael O’Meara

Executive Chef, Constellation Culinary Group at the Barnes

A graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Michael 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 taught culinary training and restaurant development 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 an independent restaurant consultant for several high-end hospitality providers across Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Sarah Duffin

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.

Jamie Clarke

Catering Sales Manager, Constellation Culinary Group

A Temple University graduate with a degree in hospitality, Jamie previously worked for hotels in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. She has held multiple roles in her four plus years at the Barnes with Constellation. Her events are continuously successful due to her sharp eye for detail and dedication to her clients.