Memorial Hall c. 1876

Fairmount Park


Nestled within picturesque Fairmount Park, Memorial Hall is not only home to Philly's famed Please Touch Museum, this National Historic Landmark building also serves as a jaw dropping venue for private events.

Originally built as the art gallery for America's 1876 Centennial Exposition, Memorial Hall’s magnificent stature will leave your guests with an unbeatable first impression before they even walk through the towering front doors. One of Brûlée's flagship venues, Memorial Hall offers the perfect combination of elegant and whimsical features to suit events of all scale and style. 









Event Spaces

Memorial Hall - Hamilton Hall

Hamilton Hall

With 60 ft ceilings and a glamorous dome above, the Beaux Arts architecture of Hamilton Hall offers a dramatic space for all types of events. Host your event against the backdrop of a towering replica of the Statue of Liberty Arm and Torch, made out of toys by famed local artist Leo Sewell, while dancing the night away on the beautiful marble floors.


  • Reception: 650

  • Seated: 550

  • Seated with dance floor: 360

Memorial Hall - South Foyer Wedding Ceremony

South Foyer

Complementing Hamilton Hall, the South Foyer shares the same majestic architecture with a grand entrance that provides ample pre-function space and increased event capacity for larger receptions and seated dinners. South Foyer is also available to accommodate wedding ceremonies.

  • Reception: 450

  • Seated: 250 

Memorial Hall - Carousel House

Carousel House

This glass jewel, which features a separate entrance and driveway, is an architecturally unique setting for any elegant affair. Guests can ride the fully restored and operating 1908 Dentzel Carousel featuring exquisitely hand-carved animals providing extra fun for photographers to capture precious memories.

  • Reception: 200

  • Seated: 150

Memorial Hall - East Gallery

East Gallery

Mingle in the East Gallery for a cocktail hour or standing reception full of fantasy. The whimsical elements and sounds of nature offered by these exhibits make an exceptionally entertaining backdrop for photo shoots. Explore the 70 ft flowing River Adventures, then enjoy the jungle-like atmosphere of Rainforest Rhythms before sliding down the rabbit hole into the enchantment of Alice's Wonderland.

  • Lower Level: 500

  • Upper Level: 500

Memorial Hall - West Gallery

West Gallery

Dynamic attractions representing everyday life inspire guests to interact, adding an element of fun to standing events large and small. Board a SEPTA bus in Roadside Attractions, immerse yourself in the star-filled blue sky of Flight Fantasy or wander through the realistic urban environment of City Capers. 

  • Lower Level: 500

  • Upper Level: 500

Memorial Hall - Meeting Room

Meeting Room

Host business meetings, luncheons and presentations in the Museum’s newly renovated meeting room. Now with enhanced daytime availability, this stately space features charming views of Fairmount Park, all-inclusive A/V upgrades and immersive tour add-ons.

  • Seated: 50 

Memorial Hall Centennial Gallery

Centennial Gallery

Transport your guests back to 1876 as they rediscover the Centennial Exhibition in our model room. Arrive at the bustling train station to explore the impressive depiction of the 284 acres of Fairmount Park that once made up America's Centennial World’s Fair.

  • Reception: 300

  • Seated: 180 

Memorial Hall - Exterior

Entire Museum

Our talented team of catering professionals will work closely with you to create the perfect flow for your event through any number of our versatile spaces.

  • Full Facility: 3,000

  • Tented Outdoors: 500

Key Venue Features:

  • Ample Free Parking

  • Sprawling Landscape

  • Central Location

  • Experienced Preferred Vendors

  • Hospitality Suite

  • Buy-Out Option Available

Start Planning

To inquire about hosting an event at Memorial Hall c. 1876, please fill out the form below and a member of Brûlée's catering sales team will get back to you promptly.


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4231 Avenue of the Republic   Philadelphia, PA 19131

(215) 578-5186