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The history of world religions comes to life through this museum's extensive collection of art and artifacts from different cultures and time periods. Glencairn was once the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn. It was built between 1928 and 1939...more
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Nestled in the borough of Bryn Athyn in a bucolic setting, visitors v an find several hidden gems- the best of them Glencairn- the castle/home of the Pitcairn family.
We were fortunate to arrive just at the beginning of a highlights tour. After a brief...More
Beautiful castle/mansion of Pitcairn Family. Part of inside also looks more like a church/chapel with lavish decor. Very historic and well worth the trip. Tours are outstanding and discuss history and artifacts.
Used a library museum pass to reserve and take a 'backpack' tour with my husband and kids- ages 12 and 7. The first floor has a self guided tour, but some bits and pieces are covered by the tour guide. We went up 9 floors...More
We called at 10am on the day we wanted to go for a 1pm tour and it was already booked. Luckily we got in on the 2:30 tour but I would say call a day or two ahead if you really need a specific time....More
On a visit to a friend, we went to Bryn Athyn, and had a tour of Glencairn.
It is hard to imagine that this castle, nestled in the suburbs of Philadelphia, once was a family home of the Pitcairn family. Now it is a museum...More
Yesterday my cousin and girlfriend had reservations for the tour here. Before the tour we watched a video about this museum and how it came about. Fortunately we had a knowledgeable tour guide named Doreen who was excellent. Before it became a museum it was...More
Highly recommend!!! Wonderful group visit during the holidays with a guided tour of the estate! Beautifully decorated for the holidays, staff are great & friendly to work with, knowledgeable tour guides. What a wonderful first visit to this unique & beautiful property filled with an...More
This home just north of Philly is both magnificent in its design and meticulous in its construction and maintenance. A most impressive home, but it's NOT a museum in the usual sense, of a space you can just explore on your own. You must book...More
In my opinion, an individual in a wheelchair may find touring here rather difficult. Even the ground floor, which is spacious and worth seeing (at no charge), has a few steps to access the main hall. I think the small... More
In my opinion, an individual in a wheelchair may find touring here rather difficult. Even the ground floor, which is spacious and worth seeing (at no charge), has a few steps to access the main hall. I think the small elevator stops at the other levels (it is operated by the guide), and the halls are spacious enough to be navigated. But some of the rooms, as well as the tower, will be difficult. The staff is wonderful and may even have suggestions, so I would advise calling before making plans.
Response from GlencairnMuseum | Property representative |
Thanks for the question, MrSaturn64, and for the answer, Bill R. To elaborate a bit: the first floor is open by donation on most weekends from 1:00 to 4:30 pm (sometimes public and private events preclude the regular hours... More
Thanks for the question, MrSaturn64, and for the answer, Bill R. To elaborate a bit: the first floor is open by donation on most weekends from 1:00 to 4:30 pm (sometimes public and private events preclude the regular hours; call or check our website for those dates). The main collection is accessible via guided tour, or during one of our Festivals. Our next Festival is Sunday, October 29 and is our annual Medieval Festival. All the galleries will be open for self-guided viewing, and there will be demonstrations and activities relating to medieval life and art. Hope that helps!