Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts




The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the nation’s first art museum and school of fine arts. Whether you prefer an elegant historic landmark or a lofty contemporary space, at PAFA, you can host both your ceremony and reception midst one of the best international collections of American art in one of Philadelphia’s architectural treasures. The newly renovated Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building offers a contemporary space in the heart of the city. Hold a ceremony in the lobby area. The entire second floor houses four galleries and is very large and open. Guests can enjoy a cocktail hour in the area overlooking the lobby. Once cocktail hour ends, guests will make their way through pocket doors into another gallery where everyone will enjoy dinner and dancing. The Historic Landmark Building offers a gracious and elegant setting for your wedding. Use the landing of the grand staircase as a gorgeous ceremony location. From there enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing in the building’s Washington Foyer and Rotunda.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Outdoor, Modern


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 350 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 350 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 350 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 350 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 4:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $4,500-9,000 for a reception and includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. A non-refundable security deposit of 50% of the rental fee is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is estimated at between $21,900 and $32,446 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Upgraded chairs
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Champagne toast
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Exclusive caterer for venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM