Philadelphia Event Venues Adapting to a New Landscape

March 5, 2021

As Philadelphia continues to navigate through phases of reopening, several of the city’s meeting and event venues have begun implementing new in-person and hybrid experiences in compliance with national, state, and local health and safety guidelines — yet another example of the city’s unstoppable ingenuity.

All of the venues listed below have committed to keeping guests and employees safe by taking the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge. To learn more about how Philadelphia’s hospitality community is upholding increased health and safety standards, as well as how the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau is leveraging 30 years of PHL Life Sciences expertise — and a Chief Health Advisor — to help guide meeting and event planners, click here. For more tips on how to plan your next meeting or event with confidence, click here.

Quorum at University City Science Center

Photo by Ben Bowens Photography.

Quorum’s wide array of room types and sizes allows for a tremendous amount of customization throughout the 15,000-square-foot venue. Tables, chairs, and entire rooms can easily be re-arranged to accommodate meetings while still adhering to health and safety guidelines. The modern space can also provide video-conferencing for events and speakers executing a hybrid model.

In the summer of 2020, the venue hosted a socially-distanced, in-person meeting for the U.S. Census Bureau, with dedicated entry and exit points and individual desks with generous spacing in between to help attendees maintain a safe distance from one another while still being able to engage with the program. To learn more about Quorum’s capabilities, click here.

Science History Institute Conference Center

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Photo courtesy of Science History Institute.

Found in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City, the Science History Institute’s Conference Center is a convenient option for meetings as it’s just a short walk to and from nearby hotels, restaurants, historical sites, and attractions. The venue’s enhanced guidelines outline how it is responding to updated health and safety standards by creating ample space between individual tables, offering individually-wrapped meals, the requirement of face masks, and plenty of hand sanitizer regularly available to attendees and employees. The conference center also recently upgraded its A/V equipment so that it can better accommodate hybrid events that require live streaming of content, speakers, or presentations.

To learn more about the Science History Institute’s Conference Center and its capabilities, click here.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

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Photo courtesy of Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s ‘Welcoming You Like Family’ promise extends beyond its recently remodeled rooms, spas, and fitness center and into its meeting spaces. New health and safety protocols include physically distant floor plans and capacity limits that comply with local guidelines. Tables, chairs, and other high-touch surfaces are regularly disinfected and food is presented in individually-wrapped, eco-friendly to-go containers so attendees avoid crowded buffet lines.

To learn more about meeting capabilities at the Loews, click here.

Eastern State Penitentiary

A man walks down a hallway surrounded by abandoned cell blocks during a tour of the historic Eastern State Penitentiary
Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

The nation’s most historic prison is also one of the most intriguing event venues in Philadelphia. Current health and safety guidelines prevent large gatherings at the national historic landmark, however the museum has devised a creative way for elements of your meeting to stream live from inside. Up to 10 key representatives from your event (think: CEOs, Board Members, and other executives) can broadcast live to your online audience from the once-abandoned cell blocks, adding a visually and historically rich background that the speakers can be immersed in and engage with. To further engage your attendees, Eastern State is also offering a live virtual tour of the grounds with one of their experts.

To learn more about Eastern State’s event offerings, click here.

The Inn at Penn

A touchless glove dispenser at The Inn at Penn. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Located adjacent to the lush campus of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia, The Inn at Penn, has fully implemented Hilton’s EventReady protocols for each of the its event spaces, which total 13,000-square-feet. Physically distanced floor plans and reminders to practice social distancing and wear masks are present throughout the ballrooms, however The Inn at Penn takes it a step further by implementing several touch-free solutions for their food and beverage program. Coffee urns dispense coffee at the push of a cup instead of the pull of a hand, and a touchless dispenser quickly applies gloves to attendees’ hands prior to them reaching for individual, pre-packaged menu items from the reimagined food station. To learn more about the Inn at Penn’s capabilities and for more information on Hilton’s EventReady protocols, click here.

Cover photo by Ben Bowens Photography.

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