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Fairmount Water Works

The Fairmount Water Works fosters stewardship of our shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. We educate citizens about Philadelphia’s urban watershed – its past, present and future – and collaborate with partners to instill an appreciation for the connections between daily life and the natural environment. For more information on our story, please visit our official web site.

Events and Activities

The Water Works hosts a range of activities from regularly scheduled tours to family-friendly Pop-Up activities and interactive exhibits.

 

Regularly Scheduled Events:

“Fairmount Water Works — Inside and Out”
  • Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
Explore the Water Works site and learn its history and importance to Philadelphia. This one-hour tour is free, and no reservations are required.

Science Saturday
  • Saturdays from 2-4 p.m., starting every half hour
Explore a topic relating to our local waterways. The theme of Science Saturday changes monthly.

“Milling Around” Hard Hat Tour
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m
This special hard-hat tour takes you below the streets to the Kelly Pool area where you’ll be able to envision its history as an aquarium and Olympic pool. Our music and light installation, created by the Blair Brothers and Luce Group lighting, will envelope you with a sensory experience as you learn the future of the site as part of vibrant global environmentalism. The tour is free but, due to high demand, reservations are required. Please reserve your tickets in advance.

School Programs

Since the opening of the Fairmount Water Works, tens of thousands of teachers and students have visited and participated in our unique programs. We teach about the process of cleaning drinking water and protecting the health of our urban watersheds through science, technology, engineering, art & architecture and math (STEM). We have designed programs that are suitable for all grades and that meet both Pennsylvania and New Jersey educational standards.

Download program descriptions or visit our Education Web Page for complete information, including request forms.

The Water Works also offers summer programs, volunteer opportunities, and programs for university students. Please visit our Education Web Page for the most up to date information on these programs.

Visit the Water Works

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays
Admission
Free general admission to the public and Philadelphia School District student groups. Fee for special group tours and student groups outside the City of Philadelphia. Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance.
Call 215-685-0723 to schedule a visit.
Accessibility
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is ADA-accessible.