Free Museum Days: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Come to learn about some of the creatures making the Schuylkill River their home. Collect a water sample at river’s edge and explore the micro-life in a drop of water. Try your hand at drawing some of the intricate and striking geometric designs of diatoms. Through hands-on activities, get to know the life of the freshwater mussel. Find out about our research on this important mollusk. It’s propagation season, so there is a possibility that we will be propagating mussels!

Fairmount Water Works, the first successful water supply system in the nation, began operation in 1815 taking water from the pristine Schuylkill River and pumping it up to reservoirs on top of Fairmount. Our Interpretive Center allows visitors to explore the innovative design and engineering that contributed to Fairmount Water Works becoming a successful pump station and a premier tourist destination in the 1800’s. Stop by our theatre to watch an award-winning short film about our history. Learn about our current-day urban watershed issues. Visit our Mussel Hatchery and see science in action.

Event Details
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  • Start Date
    June 20, 2024 10:00 am
  • End Date
    June 20, 2024 5:00 pm
  • Address
    640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia PA 19130
Event Details
  • Days
    Hours
    Min
    Sec
  • Start Date
    June 20, 2024 10:00 am
  • End Date
    June 20, 2024 5:00 pm
  • Address
    640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia PA 19130