A breathtaking combination of legendary art and modern architecture makes the Barnes Foundation a distinctive setting for any occasion. In the heart of Philadelphia’s Parkway Museums District, the Barnes is renowned for its collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist art. Lush gardens surround the sleek limestone edifice—designed by award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien—which features a stunning entry flanked by reflecting pools, an intimate lobby suite, and a grand court and terrace. Our convenient and fully accessible location provides a dramatic backdrop for cocktail receptions, corporate events, weddings, and soirees. The experienced Barnes team is ready to flawlessly execute your vision.
ANNENBERG COURT AND TERRACE
Adjacent to the galleries, the Annenberg Court is a grand space that flows onto one of Philadelphia’s largest covered terraces, creating a unique indoor-outdoor venue ideal for ceremonies, cocktails, or dinner. In the evening, your guests can enjoy drinks or desserts by the lusterware-tiled fireplace.
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a leafy courtyard, the Maguire Garden Pavilion offers a serene setting for receptions of up to 75 guests, from bridal showers to breakfast meetings. Bright and comfortable, the space also offers top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment to meet any social or business need.
LOWER LEVEL SUITE
The elegant Lower Level Suite brings nature inside with its unique open-air atrium, planted with sweet gum and ginkgo trees. Add artistic flair to your cocktail party or seated dinner amid Native American ceramics and jewelry—the only collection pieces displayed outside the galleries.
Additionally, the Lower Level has two tastefully designed seminar rooms suitable for hosting day meetings or corporate gatherings. Both spaces are fully equipped for audio-visual presentations.
THE GARDEN RESTAURANT
The restaurant, overlooking a lush garden, provides a verdant setting for intimate dinners and cocktail receptions. With sliding glass walls and an open kitchen, the Garden Restaurant can transform from casual for a relaxed get-together to formal for a black-tie affair. The reflecting pool and surrounding landscape create the feeling of a private, tranquil oasis right in the city.