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Meetings and Retreats

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Empty round tables underneath a tent backdropped by flowering pimk and white spring trees.
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A large stone building surrounded by greenery.
Photo: Daniel Fugaciu

The Widener Visitor Center, built in 1888, is located in the grey stone building that first served as the gardener’s cottage, carriage house and stables. Our facility offers a variety of room combinations and set-ups available for meeting and other private and semi-private daytime rentals. During Café hours, food service is available through our café operator, Company’s Coming. For food service at meetings occurring outside of Café hours, you may choose from any of our approved caterers, who represent a variety of cuisine styles and price ranges.

The building is outfitted with Central Air. Quality audio-visual equipment can be provided for your use. While Wi-Fi is available in the Center, please refer to this connection guide.

Contact our Rentals Team for more details:
rentals@morrisarboretum.org or 215-247-5777 x158. 

Meetings  

Small meetings for up to 12 may be booked in our McLean Room conference space or up to 20 in our Classroom for durations of as little as two hours or up to 8 hours depending on availability. Tables and chairs are provided and set up in a boardroom style layout.  

Larger meetings for up to 50 may be booked in our indoor Upper Gallery space with A/V capabilities and optional access to the McLean Room for catering set up. Available for timeframes of two to eight hours based on availability. Tables and chairs are provided and may be set up in a variety of layouts including boardroom, classroom, lecture, and dining styles.  

Outdoor meetings for a range of sizes may be booked in the reception tent which offers flexible layout and power outlets to set up your own a/v if desired. Meetings may be for up to 50, 50-100 or 101-150 attendees. Available for timeframes of two to eight hours based on availability. Tables and chairs are provided  

Retreats 

Retreats can be smaller events utilizing one of the options above and including a tour or individual time to explore the gardens. Tours may be scheduled in tandem with your rental through the Education Department. Contact tours@morrisarboretum.org for tour information and booking.  

Retreats can also be larger full-venue events using multiple areas with all-day meeting or classroom set up in the Upper Gallery with luncheons in the Side Tent and tours or open time to explore the gardens. Custom rates available per your event requirements.  

Locations & Rates

The McLean Room is located next to the Upper Gallery and is carpeted. The room includes a large White Board, two bulletin boards and a screen. The character of the historic building is evident in the stable windows and exposed woods beams. A set of double doors connect it to the Upper Gallery and it is often rented in addition to the Upper Gallery for food and refreshments.

Size: 17’ x 18’
Capacity: 12
Rate: $150/hour

Daytime Hourly Rate between 10 AM and 4 PM; subject to availability (2-hour minimum).

The Classroom is located on the lower level of the Widener Visitor Center and works well for classroom style set-ups for up to 22 people. The room includes a large chalkboard and screen. The Mercer tile floor, stucco walls, exposed wood beams and French doors create a cozy, rustic ambience.

Size: 23’ x 19’
Capacity: 22
Rate: $250/hour

Daytime Hourly Rate between 10 AM and 4 PM; subject to availability (2-hour minimum).

For daytime events during the months of April through October, the side tent is a great outdoor option. From this hillside vantage point behind the Widener Visitor Center, many of the Arboretum’s trees and other plantings serve as the backdrop. This area is adjacent to the Compton Café and screened for privacy. The Reception Tent is not air conditioned but cooled by ceiling fans. 

Size: 25’ x 30’

Capacity: 0–50
Rate: $600/hour

Capacity: 51–100
Rate: $1,100/hour

Capacity: 101–150
Rate: $1,500/hour

Daytime Hourly Rate between 10 AM and 4 PM; subject to availability (2-hour minimum).

The Upper Gallery is located on the main floor of the Widener Visitor Center and is a great location for multiple meeting/retreat layouts, including audience-style, classroom, banquet or boardroom. The floors are carpeted, lights are dimmable, and the walls are lined with nature-inspired exhibits. This space includes a projector, screen and podium with microphone and the original barn door slides to create a separation from the Arboretum’s gift shop.

Size: 40’x 23’
Capacity: 80 audience style; 50 round tables
Rate: $600/hour