Fairmount Water Works

Housed in one of Philadelphia’s most recognizable landmarks, Fairmount Water Works (FWW) is dedicated to fostering stewardship of shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. What makes Fairmount Water Works unique among environmental centers is its location at the river’s edge and in the center of the fifth largest city in the nation. FWW has interactive, user-friendly exhibits and programs about water in our world. Out-of-school time programs for all ages include a speakers’ series, architectural walking and bus tours, weekend hands-on science programs for families, and school and summer programs for pre-k to college age students.

School programs include hands-on thematic activities for pre-k through college level to explore the past, present and future of water, water quality, the urban watershed and 21st century solutions to stormwater management.

Fairmount Water Works also offers guided tours of the landmark and its surroundings that explore its past, present, and future impact.

  • Family Programs

    There's so much to do at Fairmount Water Works for kids of all ages. In addition to weekly programs, we have scheduled a variety of hands-on activities for families to enjoy during the holiday season.

  • Tours

    The tour season for Fairmount Water Works is April - September, however there are several tours being offered off-site during the fall months.

  • Educational Programs

    Since the opening of the FWWIC, tens of thousands of teachers and students have visited and participated in our unique programs created to meld the science, technology, engineering, art & architecture and math (STEAM) behind providing drinking water, protecting our source water and within a regional urban watershed. We have designed programs that are suitable for all grades and that meet both Pennsylvania and New Jersey Educational Standards.

For Adults

Click here for a list of upcoming tours.

For Students, Schools/Teachers

We have designed programs that are suitable for all grades and that meet both Pennsylvania and New Jersey Educational Standards. Out-of-school time programs for all ages include a speakers’ series, architectural walking and bus tours, weekend hands-on science programs for families, and school and summer programs for pre-k to college age students. Click here for more on our education programs.

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.

Fees:  Free - $22

Public Transportation Access:

SEPTA Bus routes 32 and 38

Volunteers

Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. 

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