The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats


With a breathtaking combination of legendary art and modern architecture, the Barnes Foundation’s award-winning venue creates the perfect setting for unparalleled event experiences. Located on the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of the museum district, the Barnes offers a wide array of versatile spaces ideal for hosting capacities of 30 to 800. Our accessible downtown facility provides a dramatic backdrop for formal receptions, dinners, and cocktail parties. With exclusive access to our galleries and special exhibitions, guests will have the added benefit of touring our world-renowned collection of post-impressionist and early modern art.

Discover the premier event venue at the Barnes: a central indoor-outdoor court and terrace encompassing 12,500 square feet. The magnificent indoor court is covered by a soaring glass canopy that allows natural light by day and dramatic illumination by night. The outdoor terrace includes a fireplace and is framed by the seasonal beauty of the surrounding Parkway landscape.

Whether you seek a grand entertainment venue or an intimate setting for a garden party, our events staff and catering team will work with you to create a singularly spectacular event your guests will never forget.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 800 guests
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 180

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • In-House Catering
  • Near Public Transit
  • Paid Parking
  • Taxi
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130


  • BusBus
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain

Nearby Airport

  • Philadelphia International (PHL) - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Philadelphia International (PHL) - 20 minutes

Nearby Cities

Philadelphia; Atlantic City – 1 hour; New York – 1.5 hours; Washington, DC – 2 hours

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes


150 seat auditorium with state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities. Multi-purpose seminar rooms with large flat screen monitors.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • ADA Accessible: Yes