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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center

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Discover. Connect. Act. Nation's first public water supply system. Global tourist attraction. Showing the public how to be better water resource stewards. Come downstairs to visit one of Philadelphia's hidden gems. Best of all, we are free and open...more
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640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130-1003
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Reviewed July 14, 2019 via mobile

Plan on spending 45-90 minutes to learn about the innovative method used to originally supply Philadelphia with water. They have a few interactive displays that all will enjoy. We especially liked the “make it rain” and “send a postcard” activities.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019

This little gem of a learning center is tucked "behind" the art museum down along the Schuylkill River. It is a fascinating visit. Depending upon how inquisitive you and and your family are I would recommend budgeting over 1 hour for a visit. Visitors of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 21, 2019

The Water Works was closed before we arrived so we just walked around outside and took in some of the beautiful views of Philadelphia at sunset and after dark. There was a viewing platform by the Schuylkill River where we were able to see the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

After running the up the steps (ala Rocky Balboa) at the Art Museum we decided to walk around the park behind the museum. We found this FREE water works museum. Excellent little stop. Lots of interactive activities. Held the interest for my older children (ages...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

It's the "what is this building?" you see from the art museum. Seeing the river at "eye level," standing by they huge mechanisms that used to supply the city with water, and learning about natural water purification - all under one elegant roof. Lots of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

There is a lot do to in Philly and it is an easy city to walk. Aside from the many great places that charge an entry there are also a few gems that are free. Fairmont Water Works Interpretive Center is one. A 30 minute...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Doug R
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Interesting and nice exhibits in a beautiful setting. On the river and within the park. Free admission though donation is appreciated.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

We were strolling along the river and saw this pavilion -type glass structure. At first I thought it was for maintenance, but the sign on the door said that it was a visitor center, so we walked in, not expecting much. In all honesty, I...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

We didn’t walk too far around the area because of the snow, but viewed from above the waterworks and river views were great. Interesting to read all the signs to get a feel for its development.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

How do you bring water to households and businesses before they even had electricity? At the Philadelphia Water Works, we discovered they used the natural forces of gravity and water itself to distribute this precious commodity across the City. The Water Works has a small...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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