The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection is currently not hosting on-site events. Please consider a virtual experience for your group.


The Phillips Collection provides unparalleled opportunities for unforgettable entertaining. A refined 19th-century home with modern additions holds a world-renowned collection of paintings by the masters of modern and contemporary art. The space offers an intimate, charming setting with the amenities of 21st-century entertaining.

Events may be held in the Phillips house, the combined Goh Annex and Sant Building, or both. The Carriage House, directly behind the main building, is available for meetings, conferences, receptions, and small dinners.

Download the Special Events Building Tour and Rental Information

Download the Wedding Dinners brochure

For more information about planning your event, contact:

        Keith Costas, Special Events Director
        [email protected]
        202.387.2151 x267

The Phillips Collection is not available for dances, fundraisers, or political gatherings.  


The Phillips house is an elegant 1897 Georgian Revival home, featuring lovely parlors and the renowned Music Room. These home-like spaces are filled with world-class paintings by Picasso, Renoir, Goya, Delacroix, Courbet, and other artists.

The intimate setting of rich, wood-paneled rooms, fireplaces, and original furnishings, coupled with The Phillips Collection’s extraordinary displays of fine art, provide an exquisite and inviting ambiance for entertaining with a personal touch.

Reception: 200
Seated dinner:

  • Music Room 100
  • East Parlor 20
  • West Parlor 30
  • Dining Room 30

3,192 square feet

The Phillips house is available when the museum is closed to the public: all day Monday, and evenings any day except Thursday.

The Phillips house is suitable for receptions, seated dinners, and lectures and presentations.

The beautiful modern spaces of the Goh Annex, with its signature elliptical staircase, and the adjoining Sant Building provide a contemporary setting for elegant entertaining. Guests enjoy the unparalleled experience of viewing Renoir’s famous Luncheon of the Boating Party, explore the spirituality of the Rothko Room, and encounter countless other examples of superb modern and contemporary art.

In addition to the stunning gallery spaces, the Sant Building contains the Vradenburg Café overlooking the Hunter Courtyard, a lovely outdoor space with works by Ellsworth Kelly and Barbara Hepworth. The state-of-the-art, 180-seat auditorium, reception area, and seminar rooms allow for films, presentations, lectures, and other gatherings.


Reception: 150
Seated dinner in Cafritz Gallery: 100


Entrance lobby and Galleries 103 and 115: 2,347 square feet 
Vradenburg Café and Hunter Terrace: 811 square feet 
Subtotal: 3,158 square feet

Hunter Courtyard: 1,890 square feet
Combined total: 5,048 square feet


  • The Goh Annex and Sant Buildings are available when the museum is closed to the public: all day Monday, and evenings every day except Thursday.
  • The Vradenburg Café is available from 5 pm to 7 pm during the museum’s extended hours. Use of the café requires museum admission for all guests, in addition to the rental fee. 
  • The auditorium, reception area, and seminar rooms are available during regular public hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday (extended hours), 10 am to 8:30 pm; and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. The spaces are available during evening hours as additional spaces that can be added to Goh Annex and Sant Building rentals.
  • The Hunter Courtyard is available for rental with the Goh Annex and Sant Building when weather permits.


  • The Goh Annex and Sant Building are suitable for standing receptions and seated dinners. The courtyard is suitable for standing receptions when weather permits. 
  • The auditorium, reception area, and seminar rooms are suitable for film screenings, lectures, and meetings.

Located directed behind the museum, our renovated Carriage House is home to the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection. The upstairs studio is available for receptions, meetings, dinners, and other events.

Reception: 100
Seated dinner: 60
Lecture: 60

1,115 square feet

The Carriage House studio is available seven days a week, from 8 am to 11:30 pm, except during scheduled classes or events.

The studio is suitable for meetings, lectures, screenings, lunches, dinners, and receptions.

The Phillips presents Tryst Coffeehouse Bar Lounge in the Vradenburg Café, available for meetings and receptions, along with the adjacent Hunter Courtyard. Use of the café requires museum admission for all guests, in addition to the rental fee and a food and beverage minimum with Tryst Café. Educator led tour is included.

Reception: 40‒60
Seated: 30

The café is available Thursday evenings from 58 pm, except the first Thursday of the month.

The café is suitable for meetings and receptions.