Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Meeting and Retreats Rentals

Meetings and Retreats Rentals

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 wifi is not currently available in the Center, if internet access if required, we will supply a laptop and Ethernet cable for no additional fee.

Upper Gallery

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’


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’

McLean Room

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’

Side Tent

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 Side Tent is not air conditioned but cooled by ceiling fans. The Side Tent accommodates 50 people audience style and 40 at round tables. 25’ x 30’

Meeting & Retreat Rental - Daytime Hourly Rate between 10AM and 4PM; Subject to availability (2-Hour Minimum)

Rental Area Size Capacity Rate
McLean Room 18x17 12 Board Style $75/hour
Classroom 23x19 22 Classroom Style $125/hour
Side Tent 25x30 50 Audience Style
40 Round Tables
Upper Gallery 40x23 80 Audience Style
65 Round Tables

For more information contact the Rentals team at 215.247.5777 x158 or email

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Unusual, exclusive, memorable...

Morris Arboretum's Out on a Limb is a striking walkway that soars 50 feet above the ground providing your guests with a bird’s eye view of the forest, for a truly memorable event.

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Save the Trees!

When you select Morris Arboretum as your meeting location, you are supporting the Arboretum's mission to plant and protect trees.

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2013 Meeting Rental Rates

Space Capacity Rate
McLean Room 12 people $300
Gates Hall Conference Room 13 people $300
Classroom 22 people $400
Side Tent 50 people audience style $600
Upper Gallery 80 people audience style
64 at round tables

Rental Specials

Meetings Discount
For a limited time, book three meetings at once and receive at 20% discount.

Non-profit Organizations
Non-profit organizations receive 10% off rental rates.

For more information about these specials or to book, contact:


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Alerts & Updates

COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Center for Disease Control (CDC):
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website:

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.