Ware Center

About the Ware Center

The Ware Center is Lancaster’s premier performing arts center. Located on Lancaster’s famous Gallery Row, our mission is to foster creativity, learning, and understanding in our great community. 

Since 2011, we have quickly become a hub of cultural activity in our community. By developing an Arts Advisory Council, hosting events during Lancaster’s First Fridays, and curating a host of diverse performances, the Ware Center helps our neighbors engage in their community and the world.

Concert and Banquet Hall Rentals

The Ware Center is available to rent for your next special event. Whether you are looking to hold a conference, corporate event, lecture, art exhibition, or even a wedding reception, our staff and facility can help make your event special and unique. From our grand Steinman Hall to more intimate locations, you’ll find a venue that’s right for you. For more information on use of the Ware Center, including rental rates and more, please visit the Facility Usage page and complete a Rental Inquiry Form.

We are a fully-accessible facility that can accommodate any special seating, audio/visual, or access request. Contact our Box Office for questions or to make a request. 

For more information on use of the Ware Center facility, including rental rates and more, please visit the Facility Usage page.

Venue Maps


Event parking at the Ware Center can be found at the Prince Street Garage or the Hager surface lot, both of which are within a block of our facility. Discount vouchers for both are available at the front desk of the Ware Center.

For students taking classes at the Ware Center, you can ride the bus to downtown Lancaster for free. You may also apply for free parking in the Prince Street Garage. Learn more about courses and parking for students on the Millersville University website.

Our Facility

One of the last buildings designed by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson, the Ware Center was completed in 2008. Originally built for the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, the facility includes state-of-the-art sound and acoustics befitting a world-class performance facility. Now as part of the Millersville University Office of Visual & Performing Arts, we regularly host cultural performances, dance, film, live theater, art exhibits, poetry and lectures. Families and school groups from all over Lancaster County enjoy our Family Fun Fest events and programs for young children.

As an extension of Millersville University, the Ware Center hosts several undergraduate, graduate, and adult learning courses right in the heart of Lancaster. Our 20 classrooms regularly host classes, lectures, and discussions throughout the year.


42 N. Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Box Office Hours


Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
One hour prior to performance