Philadelphia Fairmount Water Works Location and History
The Fairmount Water Works, located in historic Philadelphia is a short distance from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Azalea Gardens and Boathouse Row. Built in 1812 to provide a growing city with fresh water, the Fairmount Water Works has always been an impressive collection of buildings and surrounding gardens and while it no longer provides water to the surrounding area, it remains an important part of Philadelphia’s history.
Fairmount Water Works Tours
The Fairmount Water Works facility has been meticulously restored and maintained providing a very unique look back into the history of Philadelphia with very detailed tours of the antique equipment along with a look into how the environment of tomorrow depends upon our care and treatment of it today.
The Water Works, located at 640 Waterworks Drive in Philadelphia is a short walk from the parking area behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along with the self-guided tour of the Water Works grounds, the Water Works Interpretive Center offers visitors a look into how each of us impacts the water we drink every day, no matter where we live.
There are frequent group and school tours of the facility with a very enlightening video presentation and educational and thought provoking displays.
Schuylkill River Location
Located along the Schuylkill River, an outdoor tour of the Water Works area offers inspiring views of the city and the river. Whether it’s a sunny day in Spring or a crisp Fall afternoon, The Water Works and surrounding attractions make for a wonderful day in the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia, near Kelly Drive
640 Waterworks Drive
Visitor Services: 215-685-0723
Please see their sections on Group Visits and Special Events for large parties or groups.
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST.
Mondays and City of Philadelphia holidays they are closed.