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.”

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.


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The following buildings stayed blue from sundown to 2 a.m.: