Event Rentals

From corporate functions to weddings and conferences, PAFA provides the perfect venue for exciting events.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts boasts galleries and spaces to transform into incredible settings for any event imaginable—from luxury weddings to engaging corporate functions.

Creative Events Start With Creative Spaces

PAFA events break away from the traditional hotel ballroom mold, providing your guests an immersive and unique experience.

Your event can take place in the elegant Historic Landmark Building, the contemporary Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, or outdoors on Lenfest Plaza—all right in the center of Philadelphia.

Location is key and PAFA is just steps from Philadelphia's premier hotels, Convention Center, City Hall, and parking options.

PAFA's spaces can adapt to the needs of an event. From 10-person private dinners to 400-person corporate functions to 1,000-person cocktail receptions, our spaces can be used in creative ways to meet your needs.

You can feel good booking an event here—your rental fees go towards fulfilling PAFA's mission of educating tomorrow's artists.

Let our event staff and exclusive partners guide you through the process of planning an event bound to impress your guests.

Corporate event in Tuttleman Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
Corporate event in Tuttleman Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
The Rotunda of the Historic Landmark Building.
The Rotunda of the Historic Landmark Building.
Reception in Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
Reception in Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
A couple shares a moment in the Salon Gallery of the Historic Landmark Building.
Wedding, Washington Foyer, Historic Landmark Building.
Wedding, Washington Foyer, Historic Landmark Building.
Wedding ceremony in Lenfest Plaza.
Wedding ceremony in Lenfest Plaza.
Cast Hall, Historic Landmark Building.
Cast Hall, Historic Landmark Building.

Elegant Landmark and Lofty Contemporary Space

At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, you have the best of both worlds at your fingertips. Let our experts assist you in creating a spectacular event for you and your guests. With a dedicated catering staff, personalized menus, and audio/visual capabilities—not to mention event planners and meeting services staff—PAFA is the ideal location for your event.

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Historic Landmark Building

A timeless classic and breathtaking entry for your event: One of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in America.

Bride and groom on the staircase of the Historic Landmark Building.

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Put a modern spin on your event: three galleries surround an exposed staircase, creating long sightlines with views overlooking Broad Street.

Wedding ceremony in the Hamilton Building's Ryman Gallery.

Exclusive Vendors

With a dedicated catering staff, personalized menus, and full event-planning resources, let our experts assist you in creating a spectacular event for you and your guests.

Preferred Vendors List (PDF)

12th Street Catering
Constellation Catering

Testimonials

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It is a stunning jewel box that took my guests' breath away. What more could you want? I have NO regrets.
—theknot.com
Thank you so much for helping make this event so successful! You and your team were wonderful. You all were responsive, incredibly helpful, friendly, engaged—it was great to work with you!
—Sarah, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
The venue was perfect and our guests were blown away at the setting, the collection and how impressive everything was.
—Trish

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Your Special Day. Our Perfect Place.

From galas to silent auctions to fashion shows, PAFA provides the perfect venue for exciting events.

Use the form to contact Kate Young, Director of Events and Venue Sales, for more information or to arrange a venue walk-through.