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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center

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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center

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640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130-1003
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30th StSEPTA16 min
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grrprr wrote a review Jul 2019
Tallahassee, Florida415 contributions213 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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explorer_md wrote a review May 2019
Frederick, Maryland33 contributions17 helpful votes
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 all ages will find something of interest in learning about how Philadelphia solved their water problem in the early 1800's. There is history, technology, environmental science, biology, chemistry--a lot of topics are covered in the learning center exhibits. There are two videos shown in the main theater, each about 15 minutes that provide a good overview. Several of the exhibits also have short videos that provide more information. From there we took about an hour to read, view, learn, and discuss the building, the pump technology, and several exhibits. New since the last time we visited was the mussel lab. We came as a family about ten years ago when our son was in early elementary school and we enjoyed it then. Now he is in high school and (surprise!) he was even more engaged this time around. There are some really interesting concepts presented that relate to how the water needs of a growing city were met. They offer tours that sound really fascinating. If you can plan ahead you can learn some even more amazing things on the guided tours.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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NeoWasHere wrote a review Apr 2019
Frederick, Maryland2,963 contributions395 helpful votes
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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 Fairmount Dam at sunset, and both the Philadelphia skyline in one direction as well as Boathouse Row all lit up in the other at night. Parking was FREE on the lot off Waterworks Drive.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Cheryl J wrote a review Apr 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana265 contributions29 helpful votes
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 13 and 11).
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Anita T wrote a review Dec 2018
Tel Aviv, Israel41 contributions10 helpful votes
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 interactive exhibits of interest to all ages, hands-on experiences, and many friendly employees giving you snippets of information. A lovely way to learn about a city and the value of water.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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