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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center

640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130-1003
+1 215-685-0723
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Hard to find but worth it.

The water works structures are easy to see, but the interpretive center takes a little searching... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Mary W
Lexington, Virginia

Awesome food!!! Beautiful evening views of Boathouse Row!! White glove treatment all the way... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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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 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.
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640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130-1003
+1 215-685-0723
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

The water works structures are easy to see, but the interpretive center takes a little searching out. The day we visited there was a large party in the outdoor pavilion and they were not happy about our insistence that we weren't trying to crash their...More

1  Thank Mary W
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome food!!! Beautiful evening views of Boathouse Row!! White glove treatment all the way!! Perfect venue for romantic evening or event!! You won't be disappointed!

Thank C H
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We didn't have this stop planned on our trip. But due to the rain we were looking for an indoor activity. This is an EXCELLENT Movie & Self guided tour. It has a great hands on section for children, plus Tuck the Turtle. We were...More

Thank Jenny0753
Reviewed 8 January 2017

From far away I thought it was restaurant.Going down the stairs and walked into a museum-aqueduct much knowledge about water and sewage Philadelphia.Nice visit specially for days in the rain and cold for children.

Thank Giannis_Anna96
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The structure is impressive and has a great history to it. The sound of all of the water constantly flowing over the dam is great.

Thank Palombaro5341
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Wondered what was in here, ducked in out of curiosity and to escape the heat (air conditioned!). Small but interesting displays including a film and some interactive components of interest to kids and adults alike about the Philly water and sewer system. What kid doesn't...More

1  Thank Laura731
Reviewed 6 July 2016

After you have visited the Philadelphia Museum and would like to stretch your legs, wander down the imposing Museum steps and along the garden paths toward the Fairmount Water Works and learn how, in the 19th century, Philadelphia dealt with the need to supply safe...More

3  Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 6 July 2016

My kids and I have visited the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center many times over the years, and each time they learn something new. It's also a great place to cool off on a hot summer day, as the building in below ground and...More

Thank ShellChelle901
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

It doesn't look like much from the outside but once you find the entrance it is amazing. You will head downstairs and be is a neat, clean, cool area with interactice exhibits. There is a neat 15 minute film that details the history of the...More

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 6 May 2016

This was a rather unexpected find, despite being so highly visible. The outdoor pavilions with a Greek Revival design similar to the Art Museum are very nice to stand on, but there's a free space containing information on the environment of the Delaware Valley. Its...More

Thank MrSaturn64
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