Facility Rentals

Wistar Facility Rentals

Situated at the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets in the heart of Philadelphia’s bustling University City, The Wistar Institute offers a variety of versatile gathering spaces for year-round rental. The Wistar Institute was constructed in 1894 and designed by Philadelphia architects George W. and William G. Hewitt, who also designed the city’s Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. The original building is one of 28 contributing properties included in the University of Pennsylvania Campus Historic District. In 1975 Wistar expanded its facilities shortly after it earned the designation as a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in basic research, and in 2014 the seven-story, state-of-the-art Robert and Penny Fox Tower was completed, uniting the entire Wistar campus.


Building Capabilities

With architecture and décor ranging from contemporary sophistication to elegant charm, The Wistar Institute is pleased to make available its distinctive spaces for functions, including:

Special events

Accommodations for seated meals, cocktail receptions and more.


A variety of conference rooms can be customized to meet your particular needs, from small to large gatherings, professional conferences and other events. Most rooms are equipped with the latest audio, video and teleconferencing capabilities.

Tobin Family Foundation Atrium

The sun-filled glass atrium of Wistar’s sleek seven-story, 89,700-squarefoot research tower is the ideal space for gatherings ranging from cocktail receptions to seated luncheons and dinners. The art of science is captured in historic artifacts from Wistar’s anatomy collection, along with vivid cellular images from current scientific areas of study projected across 15 high-definition digital screens.


3,151 Sq. Ft. (including adjacent Fox Wheeler lounge)


Seated meal > 170 guests

Standing (cocktail reception) > 300 guests

1894 Atrium

The atrium of the Wistar Institute’s landmark 1894 building offers historic charm for cocktail or seated receptions, where handsome antique furnishings once owned by Isaac Wistar surround guests along with the original ironwork staircase.


1,440 Sq. Ft.



Seated meal > 100 guests

Standing (cocktail reception) > 150 guests

Horowitz Family and Rhoads Family Conference Rooms

An adjustable wall enables this venue to be booked as either one or two separate, equally sized rooms. This basic meeting space features full audiovisual capabilities, built-in white boards and counters for meeting and/or catering needs. The rooms can be set to accommodate meetings or intimate dinners. Additionally, the Horowitz room is equipped with a 70-inch wall-mounted TV monitor.


Horowitz/Rhoads combined > 459 Sq. Ft.

Horowitz > 225 Sq. Ft.

Rhoads > 234 Sq. Ft.


Conference style:

Horowitz/Rhoads combined > 20 guests

Horowitz > 12 guests

Rhoads > 12 guests

Seated meal:

Horowitz/Rhoads combined > 20 guests (one long table)

or 30 guests (with three round tables)

Horowitz > 12 guests

Rhoads > 12 guests

Koprowski and Ian J. Berg Conference Rooms

This elegant, light-filled venue offers the flexibility of one large or two smaller, equally sized rooms separated by a moveable wall. Both rooms offer full audiovisual capabilities, built-in white boards (on the Koprowski side) and counters for meeting and/or catering needs. The rooms can be set to accommodate meetings, dinners or cocktail receptions. Adding to the ambiance of the Koprowski room is a 10’ x 15’ wool and silk Louis XIV wall tapestry.


Koprowski/Berg combined > 1,149 Sq. Ft.

Koprowski > 526 Sq. Ft.

Berg > 623 Sq. Ft.


Conference style:

Koprowski/Berg combined > 60 guests

Koprowski > 22 guests

Berg > 24 guests

Seated meal:

Koprowski/Berg combined > 70 guests

Koprowski > 30 guests

Berg > 30 guests

Standing (cocktail reception):

Koprowski/Berg combined > 100 guests

Koprowski > 50 guests

Berg > 50 guests

Wistar Family Room

Draped bay windows highlighted in blue and taupe tones and an ornamental fireplace provide an elegant atmosphere to this traditional setting, ideal for small meetings, luncheons or dinner.


338 Sq. Ft.


Conference style > 12 guests

Seated meal > 12 guests


For lectures and public events, Wistar offers two theater-style auditoriums for rental, complete with full audiovisual capabilities.


Can accommodate 193 seated guests with room for 200 (overflow/standing). 2,365 Sq. Ft.



Can accommodate 86 seated guests. 933 Sq. Ft.



Audiovisual Services

The Wistar Institute offers a variety of audiovisual and equipment services, including:

  •  Projectors
  •  LCD screens
  •  Laptop computers
  •  Slide advancers and/or laser pointers
  •  Wireless and/or lavaliere microphones
  •  Panel microphone systems and lecterns
  •  Conference telephones
  •  HD video conference
  •  PTZ digital camera and Crestron CAPTURE-HD

Pricing information is available upon request and subject to availability. Note that Wistar IT, A/V and technical support is only provided during normal business hours.

Contact Us


The Wistar Institute at 215-898-3955, or ehoffmann@wistar.org.


The Wistar Institute has years of experience in working with local vendors for special events and meetings. Please ask for our list of Philadelphia-based vendors to help with every detail of your event or meeting at Wistar.

Please Note: The Wistar Institute does not permit religious ceremonies, weddings (including non-religious), events for children under 18 or fundraising events.