4 South New Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-5800
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Arts & Museums
The esteemed Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is also referred to as the Media Armory. Constructed in 1908, this armory has been now transformed into a museum that opened in 2005. It chronicles and provides insight into the important battles in the history of United States. Check website for more details.
The Museum of Mourning Art is less than 30 minutes from Philadelphia and explores the unusual history and artistic culture of grief. The museum features familiar death symbols, such as the skull and cross bones, that are found on books, clocks, engravings, bells, ceramics, tombstones and a variety of other objects related to death. A special exhibit features more than seventy pieces of mourning jewelry, worn as mementos of the deceased. Most notable is a special exhibit dedicated to George Washington and the national grief that gripped America.
Occupying the former residence of Christian C. Anderson, a renowned public figure in Chadds Ford, this eponymous museum showcases the rich private collection he amassed during his lifetime as a musician, poet, historian, teacher and much more. Despite being a fairly modest space, the eight-room museum showcases a treasure-trove of intriguing artifacts and Americana. Prominent exhibits at the museum include artifacts from the two world wars, artwork by N. C. Wyeth and autographs by renowned historical figures. Check website for more.
One of the most renowned museums in the region, the Brandywine River Museum houses some great pieces of art representing the American culture. Take part in the various tours, exhibitions, educational programs and events held here to get a better understanding of American art and culture.
This museum is a must-see for aviation buffs, as well as those with an interest in military history. With 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, the American Helicopter Museum has a well-rounded collection of impressive machines, including the V-22 Osprey. If you're looking for a thrill, try the 6-8 minute helicopter ride - USD35.00 per person. If you prefer the safety of land, stop into the library and browse the many historic documents and artifacts on display. Finish your trip with a stop at the gift shop, where you're sure to find that one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Visitors can learn all about American history and Chester County history during the Colonial States era at the Chester County Historical Society.There are several historical artifacts available for display and research at the Historical Society, including newspapers that date back to the late 1700s. There are several other exhibits, all of which pertain to Chester County's long and rich history as a colonial town. For more specific details regarding current events, refer to the website.
The Simeone Automotive Museum is neurosurgeon and avid car collector, Dr. Frederick Simeone's labor of love. Set in an old engine manufacturing factory near the Philadelphia International Airport, it is a must visit for all vintage car enthusiasts. Their collection of more than 60 limited racing cars ever made is a connoisseur's pride. These rare beauties are exhibited in dioramas reminiscent of race courses where these automobiles had contended. Their repertoire starts from 1909 and ends through the mid 1970s. These include the Porsche 917, 1938 Alfa Romeo, The American Underslung, 1916 Stutz Bearcat, Mercer Raceabout, 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, 1931 Bentley and Bugatti. Get a glimpse of how racing has evolved since its inception while walking through this fascination place. It is also touted to be the first of its kind in the continent. The museum even has spaces to rent for various events.
Located within the premises of the Rockwood Park, the Rockwood Museum is a treasure cove of artifacts and exhibits that transpose you to the Victorian era. The museum aims to reveal the lifestyle of the Bringhurst family until they resided at this grandiose estate. The Rockwood Museum also hosts special exhibitions which show the mourning clothes, customs and traditions of the Victorian times. If you love to explore bygone times, then a visit to the Rockwood Museum would be an enriching experience.
Fort Mifflin remained an active U.S. military stronghold from the Revolutionary War until it was decommissioned in 1959. The fort was the site of a 1775 battle of paramount importance between British and Colonial solders. In the U.S. Civil War, the installation was used to contain Confederate prisoners of war. Today, it is not unusual to spot period uniform and weapons demonstrations regularly.
The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science was founded in 1821 in the historic Carpenters' Hall and is the oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. This rich heritage allows the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy to function as part of the college with a vast collection of pharmaceutical artifacts for display. The College of Pharmacy and Science is fully accredited and offers programs in Medical Technology, Basic Sciences, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. Tours are offered by appointment.
This cemetery gets its name from Alexander Hamilton's house, Woodlands, which is also on the premises and has been in use for over two centuries. Exquisitely crafted neo-classical crypts, mausoleums and obelisks dominate the Woodlands cemetery. The cemetery is most well known for its famous 'guests' that were once part of the Philadelphia elite. Take a historically rewarding, free day trip and explore the monuments. Guided tours are available.
Situated on a meadow in Fairmount Park, its high copper dome is visible for miles. Built in 1875, Memorial Hall was conceived as an international art gallery but became the central facility for the United States' Centennial celebration. President Ulysses S. Grant opened the Centennial proceedings in Memorial Hall's 150 foot-high 'Great Hall' on May 10, 1876. This is the only significant structure remaining from the Centennial festivities. An exhibition in the basement pays homage to the Centennial fairground, the first World's Fair ever held in America. Admission is free.