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The cultural offerings in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area are almost immeasurable. World class art museums, public art, cultural centers and performing arts venues are around almost every turn.

Museums and galleries

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Public Museum, Barnes Foundation, and many other world class facilities display priceless works of art that attract international attention. Visiting these places once is almost never enough, as many venues offer unique traveling exhibitions and special programs that will keep you coming back time and again.

Folk and traditional arts

The diverse ethnic communities that give the Heritage Area such a unique flavor and appearance, also make the region a stronghold for folk and traditional artists. Pennsylvania German redware potters, Ukrainian pisanki (painted Easter eggs) painters, and Mennonite quilters add a unique dimension to the region’s cultural scene. Many artists sell their wares at the region’s fairs and festivals and at local museum shops and galleries.

Not the same old song and dance

Music is an incredibly important part of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s cultural tradition. The Irish community boasts a number of dance troupes up and down the river. Schuylkill County is home to one of the region’s most celebrated Ukrainian folk ensembles, and square dancing is alive and well in many communities across Berks County.

Art for the future

The heritage Area is home to a number of arts centers and districts that support the work of contemporary artists. The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, the Phoenix Village Arts Center, and Chester Springs Studio are wonderful examples of community efforts to promote creativity and beauty in our communities.

Art in Plain View

Artists from around the world have shared their talents with the public by creating outdoor works of art across the region. Fairmount Park alone boasts over 700 pieces of public art. There are sculptures and statuary in public parks, along the water, and along trails throughout the Heritage Area.

Arts & Culture Sites on the Trail

American Philosophical Society Museum

Charles Wilson Peale, a Philadelphia artist, naturalist, and APS member, founded a popular and influential museum in 1784. It was one of America’s first museums, and the first to...

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Historical Society of Montgomery County

Host to Washington’s army for nine months during the Revolution, Montgomery County was the site of early lime, paper, iron and textile industries, as well as canal and railroad...

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Ryerss Museum and Library

Like most things Victorian, the Ryerss Museum and Library is very eclectic. From opium pipes to stuffed alligators, the Ryerss collection gives visitors insight into a family who traveled...

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Rosenbach Museum & Library

In the beautifully restored 1865 townhouse, experience an age where great collectors lived among their treasures. The Rosenbach is a major cultural destination—a research center that is home to...

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Powel House

Visitors can stroll through the room where the Washingtons danced on their wedding anniversary, ponder the sumptuous meals served in the Powels’ dining room, sit in the parlor where...

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Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is the children’s museum of Philadelphia. Please Touch is designed for families with young children and since 1976, has dedicated itself to enriching the lives...

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Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent

The new Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art, and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia, from its founding in 1680 to present day. The...

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Japanese House and Garden

This shoin-zukuri (desk-centered) house, built in 16th century style, is located on the grounds of the Horticultural Center in the West Philadelphia section of Fairmount Park. The ground on...

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Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park, located in Old City Philadelphia is among the most historically significant places in the United States and the World. The Park is home to the...

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Belmont Mansion and Underground Railroad Museum

Historic Belmont Mansion provides the setting for the story of the Fairmount Park area of Philadelphia from colonization to the present. The property around Belmont Mansion was initially a...

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ArtFusion 19464

ArtFusion 19464 is a non-profit community art center offering art classes for all ages and skill levels. The gallery hosts rotating exhibits of local and national artists. ArtFusion aims...

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Historic Yellow Springs

The history of Yellow Springs Village spans nearly 300 years. The Native Lenape first attributed the name, “Yellow Springs” because of the natural mineral springs that flow through the...

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Chester Springs Studios

The Chester Springs Studio is a vibrant arts center at Historic Yellow Springs. Founded in 1978 as an offshoot of Historic Yellow Springs, the Studio grew in reputation as...

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Hex Barn Art Tour

Take a 28-mile self-guided driving tour into the heart of Greater Reading’s farm country and discover Hex Signs, a uniquely American art form and best known symbol of the...

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Orwigsburg Historical Society & Museum

The Orwigsburg Historical Society & Museum is dedicated to preserving the culture, history and architecture of Orwigsburg and Southern Schuylkill County.

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Wissahickon Valley Park

One of the most heavily industrialized creeks in America, the Wissahickon Creek and its impressive valley were home to dozens of mills and factories throughout the 18th and 19th...

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PA German Cultural Heritage Center

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is a place, a museum, and a year-round program. The Center represents the commitment of Kutztown University to the preservation...

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Walk In Art Center

The Walk In Art Center is a non-profit organization founded in the belief that art and culture can positively affect the lives of all. Located in rural Schuylkill Haven,...

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Reading Public Museum

Because the Museum has its roots in the public school system, there is a rich tradition of using the collections for teaching and research. Every year, thousands of elementary...

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Goggleworks Center for the Arts

The GoggleWorks offers 145,000 square feet of dynamic space, including: galleries; classrooms; dance and music studios; a darkroom; a glass blowing facility, plus a warm and cold glass studio/classroom;...

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Pottsgrove Manor

The manor house exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. Built in 1752, the mansion was situated on a...

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Colonial Theatre

Built in 1903 as a Vaudeville House, the “Colonial Opera House” brought professional shows and live entertainment to Phoenixville for the first time. Real movie buffs know that the...

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John James Audubon at Mill Grove

Today, 175 acres of Mill Grove’s original estate remains largely as Audubon found it – a haven for birds and wildlife. The property boasts more than seven miles of...

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Montgomery Cemetery

This first public, non-sectarian cemetery in Montgomery County was founded in 1847. It contains the remains of some of the most notable families of the area and boasts over...

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

Established in 1836, Laurel Hill is one of Philadelphia’s premier historic landmarks and one of the only cemeteries in the United States to be honored as a National Historic...

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rising majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands as one of the great art institutions of the world. In the 125+...

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