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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center

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Address: 640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130-1003
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+1 215-685-0723
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13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Discover. Connect. Act. Nation's first public water supply system. Global...

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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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!

Reviewed 26 February 2017
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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!

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Thank C H
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 quite surprised and very happy to stop here. It is a donation and well worth... More 

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Kiato, Greece
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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.

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Thank Giannis_Anna96
Virginia Beach, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

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Boston, MA
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 get intrigued by toilets and what happens after "the flush"!? Had me chuckling...well presented. Good... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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 water to the ever growing city and its environs. The first water works of the... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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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 temperate. Also, it is rarely crowded and admission is free. The staff is great, and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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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 water works as well. There is no set fee, just an optional donation.

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Thank Bob A
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 very interesting and family friendly, which makes it better. Also, in Philly, we pronounce "water"... More 

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Thank MrSaturn64
Ocean, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

While taking a walk along the river we decided to stop in and visit this building we have past many times. It turned into a great educational stop. To learn about the history of this utility was great. The brilliance of our forefathers never ceases to amaze me. I would highly recommend a visit here

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