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Glencairn Museum

1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA
+1 267-502-2990
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A real gem

We recently had our second visit to this museum and not disappointed. We did the tours both times... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2018
Cheri D
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Yardville, New Jersey
World Nativities and Imagery

You need to go now - (closes Jan 7) if you want to see this fascinating exhibit of handmade... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
Sheila S
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The history of world religions comes to life through this museum's extensive collection of art and artifacts from different cultures and time periods. Glencairn was once the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn. It was built between 1928 and 1939. Glencairn became a museum after the death of Mildred Pitcairn in 1979. Let our guides show you the best the Museum has to offer by taking our Highlights Tour. Tours leave regularly Tuesdays through Fridays at 2:30 pm and weekends at 1:00, 2:30 and 3:00 pm. The "Time Travelers" family backpack tour is at 1:45 pm on weekends. The Museum is only accessible through guided tours, with the exception of our two Festival Days. You can see all of the galleries through a self-guided tour during those events. Guided tours have a maximum of twelve people per tour. Reservations are strongly recommended. The Museum's 1st floor, including the Great Hall, Upper Hall, and Bird Room, is open weekends FREE of charge, from 1:00-4:30 pm. A FREE cell phone tour of Glencairn's exterior and 1st floor is also available. Please join us this weekend for FREE Coffee in the Castle!
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1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

We recently had our second visit to this museum and not disappointed. We did the tours both times which are informative. This former house of the Pitcairn family is beautiful! This second visit we went for the Nativities around the World exhibit and were not...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

You need to go now - (closes Jan 7) if you want to see this fascinating exhibit of handmade nativities from around the world! Try to imagine how someone from another culture would picture the Holy Family - in all colors, shapes and sizes! Beautifully...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

The details of this former home are outstanding considering it was built in the early '30's it is still in perfect condition, owing to its meticulous maintenance...it is currently operated as a museum with many exhibitions...take a few moments to walk the grounds and if...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

I have driven past this site for over 35 years and never visited? Finally went to see their Nativity exhibit featuring Nativity sets from around the world. Beautiful exhibit in a fantastic museum and former home to the Pitcairn family. Beautiful property! Guided tours and...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

This is my second visit to Glencairn, first time for the Medievel Festival with our children and grandchildren (Great party, lots of things for the kids to do, good overview of the home- date for 2017 is October 23!). My wife and I visited with...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

A really cool place--if you go, be SURE to pay to take the tour, so that you can go to the top floor and ride in the original elevator. The tour guide was good and the house is incredible. if you go, go for the...More

Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Enjoy it with a visit to Bryn Athyn, right next door and a real Beauty to visit easy quarter day activity so you can enjoy other things too!

Thank Walter M
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Consider a combination ticket if time permits. The advanced planning is worth it. The visitor will be rewarded with architectural, historical, religious, and personal content. An online calendar of events entices return visits.

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Reviewed 1 July 2017

Chris was our tour guide. He is Avery enthusiastic, funny presenter with deep knowledge and a love of the museum. He was able to identify highlights in each gallery, but then let us explore for ourselves. This is a hidden treasures in the Philadelphia suburbs...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We visited last week and was pleasantly surprised with the beautiful mansion now converted into a museum. It has beautiful stain glass windows that has been built on site and are replica of stain glass windows from European Churches. The guide was pleasant and knowledgeable....More

Thank Duraiya K
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Cathy F
23 February 2018|
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Response from Sheila S | Reviewed this property |
In my opinion, an individual in a wheelchair may find touring here rather difficult. Even the ground floor, which is spacious and worth seeing (at no charge), has a few steps to access the main hall. I think the small... More
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MrSaturn64
23 April 2017|
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Response from GlencairnMuseum | Property representative |
Thanks for the question, MrSaturn64, and for the answer, Bill R. To elaborate a bit: the first floor is open by donation on most weekends from 1:00 to 4:30 pm (sometimes public and private events preclude the regular hours... More
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