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“Amazing Museum”
Review of Glencairn Museum

Glencairn Museum
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Owner description: 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. Glencairn became a museum after the death of Mildred Pitcairn in 1979. Let our guides show you the best the Museum has to offer by taking our Highlights Tour. Tours leave regularly Tuesdays through Fridays at 2:30 pm and weekends at 1:00, 2:30 and 3:00 pm. The "Time Travelers" family backpack tour is at 1:45 pm on weekends. The Museum is only accessible through guided tours, with the exception of our two Festival Days. You can see all of the galleries through a self-guided tour during those events. Guided tours have a maximum of twelve people per tour. Reservations are strongly recommended. The Museum's 1st floor, including the Great Hall, Upper Hall, and Bird Room, is open weekends FREE of charge, from 1:00-4:30 pm. A FREE cell phone tour of Glencairn's exterior and 1st floor is also available. Please join us this weekend for FREE Coffee in the Castle!
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing Museum”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This visually-stunning museum is housed in what used to be a seven-story private residence. The museum shows religious life through the ages with interesting collections in the various rooms of the house. The house itself, though, is the most incredible work of art of the museum. The house is filled with remarkable handcrafted ornamentation everywhere. I especially enjoy the Great Hall which is filled with gorgeous stained glass windows and the tower which on a clear day allows for a view of Philadelphia. The museum often has special exhibits as well, so be sure to check out their schedule. The day I went they were displaying a Buddhist mandala, which was really cool.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Amy G
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English first
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very unusual place”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We found ourselves here on a Sunday afternoon with nothing else to do. It was very informative and the view from the top of the tower was wonderful, especially with the fall colors. While this family history is somewhat odd for building castles, it was still interesting detail and they also have some neat artifacts in their basement museum. Worth it to see.

Visited October 2013
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Clinton, New Jersey
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Family Fun Pilgrimage”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

I bought tickets from groupon as a stocking stuffer for my boyfriend and his nine year old daughter this past Christmas. We went a few weekends during their Medieval Festival 2014. We took the pilgrimage tour, survived, and were rewarded for our adventure. We watched medieval instruments played aloud for us and helped decorate a castle. Many people were dressed in medieval costumes and received free admission. It was a fun, educational, and inexpensive way to spend a family day.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Barbara S
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Breathtaking view from the top”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Such an amazing home! Thankful that the family chose to share it. We went during Christmas and only saw a small portion of the rooms. We will definitely be going back when the entire house is fully open. The staff is very friendly and open to answering any questions and had the answers to many that seemed off the wall.

The vision of the founders for the cathedral and the surrounding area is inspiring.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank TMJC11
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Bryn Athyn, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Bryn Athyn Historical District”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

A well kept secret ----this little gem north of Phila. is just waiting for you to come and discover it. There is a Castle called Glencairn which was Raymond Pitcairn's private residence and is now a museum with world class artifacts, a breathtakingly lovely Gothic Cathedral that was built using ancient art and hand crafted throughout and a wonderful mansion built at the turn of the 20th century called Cairnwood. This was owned by John Pitcairn, a self-made millionaire. Take a day and come visit this incredible National Historic District----you won't regret it!!!

Visited November 2013
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