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
- 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Emily has been a part of the dynamic Barnes/Starr events team since 2012. As first point of contact for incoming event inquiries, Emily particularly enjoys offering a warm welcome to all potential clients, as well as leading site visits and showing off the unparalleled event spaces offered by the Barnes.
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 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.
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.
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.