I love this little museum. It’s FREE, it’s fun for children & adults, it’s right next to the Schuylkill River trail, and it has its own secret Sculpture Garden. What more could you want? Oh – they also offer low cost field trips.
Hundreds of people walk by the Waterworks everyday – walking the Schuylkill River Trail, visiting the art museum, taking pictures of the gorgeous building (Built in 1815, the waterworks provided water to Center City Philadelphia until 1909. The steam-powered technology, the gorgeous neoclassical architecture, and the landscaped gardens made the waterworks a famous 19th century tourist destination – Charles Dickens and Mark Twain were both impressed during (separate) visits to Philadelphia in the mid-1800s), but very few people realize there is a museum inside. We discovered it totally by accident one day when we were taking pictures.
Tobey says: I like that they have a lot of hands-on activities and I love taking pictures outside.
FIELD TRIP: The year that we discovered the museum, we happened to be studying ecosystems in one of our home-school groups. They were happy to customize a class for our group focusing on the river and the watershed.