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Host family, friends, clients, and colleagues in an intimate setting at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, an affordable and unique historic venue located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. 

Click here for complete information on renting our facility in a downloadable pdf booklet.

Rental Packages

2 Hour Meeting Room Special

For groups of 25 people or less, this special is ideal for small meetings and think-tanks. Available for up to 2 hours Monday-Friday (9:00am- 5:30pm).

For-Profit RateNot-for-Profit Rate
$250 for 2 hours$200 for 2 hours

Reception Special

Ideal for a meeting or lecture followed by a cocktail party, this package rental includes use of the Information Commons and Patterson Room. Maximum of 200 guests. 

For-Profit Hourly RateNot-for-Profit Hourly Rate

Wedding Package

This package includes use of the Reading Room, Information Commons, and Lobby for a wedding reception. Available Saturday-Monday.

Package Fee: $5,000 for 8 hours, including 2 hour setup and 1 hour cleanup

Special Offerings

Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tour

Behind no less than five sets of locks rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books. Through Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tours, HSP offers the opportunity to see these documents closer than ever before and, in the case of a few materials, to even hold them.

• Hum along to The Star-Spangled Banner with Francis Scott Key’s handwritten lyrics

• Pose for a selfie with the first photograph taken in North America

• Chase the changes in the U.S. Constitution through its first and second handwritten drafts

• Commiserate with the man responsible for a typo in the printer’s proof of the Declaration of Independence

• Compare the Philadelphia of today with the first map of the city produced for William Penn before his arrival in the Delaware Valley

Add-on Fee: $450 for one hour, maximum of 5 guests

Document Show & Tell

Our librarians and archivists will bring history to life as they discuss a display of historic documents prepared on a topic of your choice. Includes fifteen one-of-a-kind documents.

Add-on Fee: $250, maximum of 25 guests.

Digital Wall Show

Ideal for cocktail receptions, guests can provide up to 15 images to be as a slideshow on our 10' Digital Wall in the Lobby and Information Commons. Images must be of sufficient quality and submitted at least 10 business days prior to the event date.

Add-on Fee: $100

Patterson Pictures

Capture your special moments in our historic building. The Patterson staircase, mantel, and historic Reading Room provide an intimate, elegant backdrop for an engagement, wedding party, and family photos.

Add-on Fee: $100


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to work exclusively with JPM Catering for our event rentals. We find JPM Catering’s food, décor, and service to be a standard of excellence. With a seasonal, artisanal approach to food and events, JPM Catering crafts a uniquely elegant experience for our guests which pairs only the best ingredients with nature-based designs and first-class service. 

JPM Catering

8 E. Lancaster Ave.

Ardmore, PA 19003


Please Note: Due to the fragile nature of our historic collections, no open flames of any kind, including sternos, are permitted in the building. We highly recommend hiring a caterer for your event as we do not have kitchen facilities onsite. Alcohol may only be served by a licensed caterer. In accordance with Pennsylvania law, alcoholic beverages cannot be sold, and individuals must be of legal age to be served. No open containers of alcohol may leave the building.
At an additional cost, guests may hire their own caterer. Buyout fee: $500

Interested in renting our space?

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