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“fascinating, educational and free”

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center
Ranked #108 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: 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 to the public six days a week. The mission of Fairmount Water Works is to foster stewardship of our shared resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water.
Reviewed October 28, 2012

we read about this and actually walked about two miles from our hotel to see this place. It was well worth the walk. In addition to the museum in the lower part of this fantastic facility, there is a restaurant on the main level. (see our review of it also).

Several interactive igtems and a live camera on the fish ladder, with some previous videos.

Very good for children and all who want to learn to appreciate just how good our modern society has gotten over the years.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We'd seen the pavilions and gazebos on a prior visit to the art museum, but couldn't figure out what they were for -- on this visit, we found out and were very glad we did. Don't neglect to take in the museum in the basement -- not only is it free, but you'll learn a lot about what it takes to bring water to a huge city (at the very least, take in the short documentary in the theater to give yourself some context about what you're seeing). Some marvelous photo opps on the balcony nearest the dam.

1  Thank Mitch-n-Greg
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I have visited the Water Works area next to the Art Museum many times and never knew their was a museum next to the Water Works Restaurant. What a surprise and it is free. Great for kids too. It tells the story of the Schuykill River and its human connection to the city. The Waterworks supplied the city of Philadelphia water for a century until the Industrial Revolution. The Museum has a great movie and museum of the water works itself. It also has good information on clean water, pollution and keeping the environment clean. The museum is right on the Schuykill River and next to the Azalea gardens. Great place for a walk and some relaxation. There is a bike rental near the Water Works for a little exercise biking along the drive.

1  Thank Tom1955
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Truly a unique experiance allowing you to actually step back in time and see the remains of one of this countries first water treatment plants. Recomened for all ages.

1  Thank Salvatore D
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Ilearned a great amount of information about keeping water clean.

Thank Eleanor M
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