Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Montgomery County celebrates a rich cultural tradition with museums that range from fine art to the art of comedy. Here are a few must-visit museums and attractions in and around Montgomery County, Pa.
One of the most stunning exhibit spaces in all of Montgomery County (and perhaps all of Pennsylvania), Glencairn Museum focuses on religious iconography, with permanent collections that cover a comprehensive range of ethnicities, artistic traditions, belief systems and creative expression.
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON CENTER AT MILL GROVE
The John James Audubon Center, former home of the famed artist and naturalist, is about to complete a two-year renovation project. When it reopens in April 2018, visitors can expect new exhibits in the galleries, a refresh of the library and gift shop and a recharged presentation of the home’s history.
MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTER
The collection at the Mennonite Heritage Center preserves three centuries of life in eastern Pennsylvania, representing one of the oldest communities in the New World. Browse the artifacts and artistry of "Work and Hope: Mennonite Life in Eastern Pennsylvania," which covers facets of daily life such as fashion and domestic craftsmanship.
SCHWENKFELDER LIBRARY & HERITAGE CENTER
This museum's permanent exhibit speaks to the longevity of this faith community and the deep impact it had on the area. Pieces on display range from Native American artifacts that date to the earliest settlers to beautiful, hand-crafted examples of Pennsylvania Dutch needlework for both practical and decorative purposes.
The knockabout comedy of The Three Stooges is encapsulated into one, three-story building that bursts with memorabilia and mayhem. The Stoogeum (rhymes with "museum") displays more 100,000 items, ranging from Stooge breakfast cereal to Stooge video games, and also features an 85-seat theater for viewing classic Stooges shorts.
BERMAN MUSEUM OF ART
The current exhibit at the Berman Museum of Art, on the campus of Ursinus College, puts the spotlight on painter and naturalist John James Audubon. His stunning work - groundbreaking in its comprehensiveness and detail - is interpreted by nine contemporary artists in media that include paint, photography and sculpture.
AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER
Just 15 miles southwest of Valley Forge is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. The museum tells the history of these amazing aircraft through interactive and static displays. Helicopter rides are also available on select days throughout the year.
THE BARNES FOUNDATION
Formerly located in Montgomery County, the Barnes Foundation moved its collection (including 181 Renoirs, 46 Picassos and seven Van Goghs) to Philadelphia in 2012.
BOYERTOWN MUSEUM OF HISTORIC VEHICLES
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles displays a collection of antique and vintage automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, sleighs, carriages and bicycles, all with a Pennsylvania connection. Many of the trucks on display were built by the Boyertown Auto Body Works which operated on the site until 1990. Other highlights of the collection include the former Fegley's Diner, which has been completely restored and relocated to the museum, as well as an early Sunoco gas station.
BYERS' CHOICE CHRISTMAS MUSEUM
Byers' Choice Carolers® are a sought-after collectible around the holidays, but you can experience the holiday season all year long at the company's headquarters in Chalfont. Take a walk through the Christmas Museum and see the artisans at work creating these one-of-a-kind pieces.
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
One of Philadelphia's most popular attractions, the Franklin Institute celebrates the sciences with interactive exhibits for all ages, including an IMAX Theater, escape room and planetarium.
JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM
Named for local author James A. Michener, the Michener Art Museum features the works of artists of both local and international fame, including a large collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist works and a gallery of work by acclaimed craftsman George Nakashima.
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Explore the halls of the new Museum of the American Revolution. The interactive displays that tell story of our nation’s quest for liberty is the newest addition to our Patriot Trails itineraries. The centerpiece of the collection is George Washington's marquee tent, used as his operation's center during the Valley Forge encampment.
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER
The Travel Channel has listed this seasonal delight one of its “Most Christmassy Places in America.” Displays include Santa in all his various forms and fashions, and the nativity story presented in dozens of artful ways. This is the final season of operation for the museum so be sure to visit before the doors close for good in January 2018.
NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM
The National Liberty Museum is a unique destination that tells the story of freedom in America. The museum calls us to "discover our inner hero" through personal experiences, entertainment and adventure.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
Located along the historic Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History tells the story of Jewish culture in America through original films, artifacts and interactive exhibits.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
One of the most renowned and recognizable institutions in America, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses nearly 200,000 original works of art from the world's greatest artists in its collection.
WHARTON ESHERICK STUDIO MUSEUM
Craftsman and artist Wharton Esherick was one of the most important figures in the American Arts & Crafts movement. The museum, tucked into a forested hillside near Valley Forge National Historical Park, preserves both his legacy and his work. His hand-built former home reveals his genius - a mix of whimsy and creativity.
WINTERTHUR MUSEUM & COUNTRY ESTATE
A short drive into nearby Delaware leads to Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the former home of the du Pont family. The museum showcases one of the country's largest collections of American antiques.
WOODMERE ART MUSEUM
The Woodmere is focused on the arts and artists of Philadelphia, showcasing all mediums of art. Tours, lectures, family activities, music, classes and more are offered at this Philadelphia institution.