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Designed in the 1890s, this beautiful historic building located on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus is one of Philadelphia’s premier unique venues. The Penn Museum is a 300,000 square-foot gem with exterior details including glass mosaics by the Tiffany Glass Company, sculptures by Alexander Stirling Calder, and marble medallions by John Ross of New York City. The Museum houses one-of-a-kind artifacts acquired from over 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions, and we invite you and your guests to discover the world in just one night. Stunning event space and priceless collections make the Penn Museum an unparalleled event experience!

We welcome all wedding ceremonies and receptions, mitzvahs, corporate, and philanthropic events!

Wedding in Penn Museum


Sphinx Gallery Reception Scene

Sphinx Gallery

Chinese Rotunda Reception Scene

Chinese Rotunda

Egypt Upper Gallery Reception Scene

Egypt Upper Gallery

Harrison Auditorium View From Stage

Harrison Auditorium

Mosaic Hall and Courtyard Reception Scene

Mosaic Hall & Courtyard

Rainey Auditorium View From Stage

Rainey Auditorium

Stoner Courtyard

Stoner Courtyard

Warden Garden at Night

Warden Garden

Widener Lecture Hall View From Balcony

Widener Lecture Hall

Pepper Hall

Pepper Hall

Rooftop Terrace Reception Scene

Rooftop Terrace

Rental Information


Rates vary for corporate, university, and non-profit events according to specific gallery, number of guests, and days scheduled/booked. Rates are based on a four-hour time block. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Rates for private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, mitzvahs, and other events require Penn Museum membership. Discounted facility rental rates apply for all members. Rates are based on a five-hour time block. Please contact Facility Rentals Office for more information.


Events in our galleries may be held between 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Mondays and 6:00 pm to 12:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. For day time facility rentals, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catering by CxRA

We are a custom caterer devoted to creating extraordinary events. Fresh, local ingredients and years of fine-tuned culinary expertise are just the start. Every dish we prepare is the culmination of years of experience, carefully built infrastructure, and a tireless dedication to quality. We’re as nimble and adventurous as the boutique firms and as disciplined as a battalion. We're dedicated not only to the technical standards you'd expect—craft, precision, presentation—but to a sense of warmth and welcome that can't be measured. We cut no corners to make big events feel intimate and intimate events feel magnificent. We are Catering x Restaurant Associates. We are CxRA.

Catering x Restaurant Associates

Other Services

Audio/Visual services, docent-led tours, event decor, transportation, and entertainment must be coordinated through the Facility Rentals Department. For recommendations, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Penn Museum takes its role as steward of our priceless collections and historic structure seriously. Every event is closely monitored by appropriate museum security personnel and systems to ensure the safety and preservation of the cultural, historic, and architectural materials on our premises.