The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a historic wedding venue located in the heart of center city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the nation’s first art museum and school of fine arts. With a convenient location, gorgeous architecture, and top-notch event services, this museum venue is a fabulous location for an elegant event experience.
Facilities and Capacity
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers a totally unique wedding experience, where you and your guests can celebrate within the art galleries. The venue is suited to accommodate up to 350 guests at a time, making it a great choice for those planning large, extravagant affairs.
The Historic Landmark Building features a Victorian grand staircase, gorgeous artwork, and plenty of other timeless architecture dating back to 1876.
The Hamilton Building is a turn of the century car show room turned modern gallery space, particularly ideal for groups up to 250+, that features modern galleries with a bright, airy, and fun feel.
PAFA is a show stopping venue for not only ceremonies and receptions, but also engagement parties and rehearsal dinners, too.
When having your wedding at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, you will receive only the most professional and attentive service from start to finish. The museum’s in-house catering services can provide exquisite meals for you and your guests. The catering team offers amazing hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and bar options that will add those amazing touches to your wedding experience.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Erica · Married on 07/28/2018
Gorgeous venue & professional service
We are so glad we chose to have our wedding reception at PAFA's Historic Landmark Building. We worked closely with Kate McCammon and Duffy's Catering (one of their two caterer options), and we also worked occasionally with Kate Young. Everyone was extremely kind, organized, quick to respond, and knowledgable. Kate McCammon shined as one of the best vendors we worked with; when it came time to organize day-of timeline details with our other vendors, I learned that Kate was already in contact with all of them and that she accomplished this huge organizational task for me. Talk about a bride's dream! Our wedding day went off without a problem, and our guests LOVED the venue (obviously, we did too). We had around 150 guests, which was the perfect number for the rotunda. The art along the walls made for beautiful decor, and an unforeseen pro of our venue choice was that we could keep our florals and other decorations simple (and more affordable) so that PAFA's art could shine. Our guests also enjoyed having two galleries opened during the dancing portion, so that any one who needed a break from dancing could mingle and enjoy the art. We had our Photobooth in one of the side galleries, which encouraged people to continue enjoying the art. Our first look was in the cast room and our family photos were in a portrait room, and you can see from the pictures that ALL the areas PAFA has to offer will be gorgeous during the wedding day and in the photos afterward. If you want classy, glamorous, and professional at an affordable and competitive venue price, then I highly recommend PAFA. We would choose PAFA over and over again if we could.Sent on 11/19/2018
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts's reply:xoxo - we would choose YOU all over again! Thank you for trusting us with your day. Congrats on a beautiful celebration and start to your marriage. - the PAFA team
Rim H · Married on 08/10/2019
The most gorgeous venue!
If you are looking for a memorable, special, gorgeous venue for a wedding, look no further! We had our wedding at PAFA’s historic building in August and we can not be happier about our choice with the venue. I remember walking into PAFA’s historic building for the first time and I immediately fell in love with it. I did not even check other venues. The venue is so rich with art, history, and colors that it does not require any excessive flowers or lights. All our guests were amazed by the beauty of the space. I got 1000 of compliments regarding the venue.Sent on 08/20/2019
Most importantly, PAFA’s staff were incredible. They were professional, organized, friendly, and very easy to communicate with. The venue coordinator did a wonderful job coordinating with all vendors. The day went so smoothly because of her. We thank PAFA and all the staff for making our wedding day so magical. Do not think it twice, just choose PAFA!
Kristin Smith · Married on 05/04/2019
It's hard to put into words how incredibly helpful and professional the team at PAFA is. From the moment we stepped into the space, we were greeted with kindness. Kate and her team made sure every detail was managed through the entire planning process. She followed up with EVERYTHING quickly and was solutions based the whole time. Not to mention, the venue is just stunning. We wanted to give our guests an unique experience, and because of Kate and her team, we were able to do so. PAFA will always have a special place in our hearts and we are so grateful to the team who pulled it all together.Sent on 05/09/2019
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts's reply:K, thank you SO much for this lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you and work with you on your wedding day! Cheers, Kate and the PAFA team.
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PAFA offers both historic charm and modern appeal in its event space offerings, and the in-house catering by Duffy's is spectacular!