Rental Capacities

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For inquiries, please call Kate Young, Venue Sales Manager, at (215) 972-1609 or email kyoung@pafa.org.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has two unique buildings to offer for rental: the Historic Landmark Building and the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.

Designed by Frank Furness and George Hewitt, the Historic Landmark Building opened in 1876 for the nation’s Centennial Exposition and World’s Fair in Philadelphia. Its unique architectural details make it the city’s finest example of High Victorian architecture. 

Built in 1915 as an automobile manufacturing plant and showroom, the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building is newly renovated and offers modern, sophisticated spaces. 

Historic Landmark Building

118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Washington Foyer and Rotunda
Cocktail reception – capacity 400 guests
Seated dinner with dancing – capacity 150 guests
Seated dinner without dancing – capacity 180 guests

Take a virtual tour of the Rotunda! 

Auditorium
Theatre seating - capacity 140 guests

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Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Entire Second Floor (4 Galleries)
Cocktail reception – capacity 460 guests
Seated dinner with dancing – capacity 350 guests
Seated dinner without dancing – capacity 400 guests

Smaller parties may be held in both buildings – please ask for details.

Take a virtual tour of the Annenberg Gallery!


Gallery 128 or Maguire Gallery
Subject to availability per exhibitions.
Cocktail reception - capacity 80 guests

Take a virtual tour of the Maguire Gallery!

Cohen Board Room
Meetings - capacity 40 guests      

Sculpture Study Center
For use for VIP cocktail parties during exhibition openings – please call for details.
Cocktail reception - capacity 80 guests
Luncheons - capacity 100 guests

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Corporate rental includes:  2 hours of event set-up time; 4 hour event time; 1 hour of event tear-down time, all Housekeeping and Security charges.

Social rental includes: 2 hours of event set-up time; 5 hours event time; 2 hours of event tear-down time; ceremony rehearsal time; all Housekeeping and Security charges.

PAFA business partners receive a 10% discount on facility rentals.

Preferred pricing for convention-related events and repeat clients – please ask for details.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts requires $1 million in liability insurance from all clients and vendors.