The American Swedish Historical Museum is making history of its own with new renovations and updates to the already standout venue.

“As an event spot, it’s totally unique, rich with history—so not a wedding factory,” says Mandy Lightcap, event designer for the Philly-based venue. “It’s in the city yet has tons of outdoor space.”

Renovations include an interior terrace resurfaced with a polished concrete floor to create a space for tented dinners; an addition of a 2,800-square-foot tent for outdoor events; updated bathrooms; and full wheelchair accessibility. The changes occurred mostly in the summer but are ongoing. Future additions include updates to the windows and new carpeting in the Great Hall, among others.

A new partnership with Jeffrey Miller Catering—who is now the museum’s exclusive caterer—and necessity were the catalysts for the renovations. According to Lightcap, those looking to book events at the venue should be most excited about the outdoor tent, which is available at no added cost.

“I love the tent,” says Lightcap. “It’s a beautiful indoor/outdoor space that can be entirely open or all buttoned up and adds versatility to the venue.”

Venue rentals include the use of all of the museum’s public spaces for a five-hour event. The front terrace can accommodate more than 400 guests for a seated dinner and the grounds around the museum are included in the rental.

Says Lightcap of the venue:

“Your guests and photographers will find inspiration around every corner as they explore the museum’s many unique galleries, rich architectural features and lush outdoor space.”


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