John James Audubon Center for Art and Conservation Opens at Mill Grove

The first home in America of John James Audubon, America’s most famed ornithologist, added a new center with permanent bird and art exhibits.

Opened June of 2019, the $16 million, 18,000-square-foot visitor center and museum features: two galleries for conservation and art, a theater, and outdoor features including a Fledgling Trail, an interactive exhibit that allows people to experience the earliest stages of a bird’s life, from egg to first flight.

 

The house and barn on the property were renovated between 2015 and 2016 before reopening last year. 
owl

For educational purposes, the center also houses seven birds, including owls, who have all been injured and rehabilitated, but can’t survive in the wild.

A public/private partnership between Montgomery County and the National Audubon Society, the center was the first American home of John James Audubon and celebrates his artistic and scientific legacy. Built in 1762, the small house is now a museum that holds all his major works on paper, several original oil paintings, and a gift shop.

“This is where John James Audubon fell in love with the birds of America, and we want to be able to share that and his beautiful, life-like paintings,” said Jean Bochnowski, Director of Centers for Audubon Pennsylvania. “Our goal is to merge the history and art of Audubon to inspire others to explore and protect habitat for people and birds.”

The project is being funded by the county, the state, and dozens of individual and foundation supporters. The more than 200-acre area, which includes several trails, is also being surveyed to replace some of the trees with more native species that will be healthier for the birds.

 

Museum exhibits highlight a closer look at birds, their feathers, eggs, nests, the different sounds they make, and flight, the sounds of the forest, and conservation. 

The theater has a short movie depicting the life and journey of Audubon. Outside, experience a bird-watching porch over a wildflower meadow for guests to enjoy the view or birdwatch.

A popular spot for weddings, the center also hosts a free annual juried art show in April with paintings, sculptures, and photos for sale.

Learn more at johnjames.audubon.org

READ NEXT

Grumpys

Sandwiches, Sides, and So Much More at Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches

Sandwiches, Sides, and So Much More at Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches

  • 2 days ago

When the craving for a sandwich hits, what do you do? When only the best will suffice, head to

View More
wild lights family zoo

Things to do in Montco this December

Things to do in Montco this December

  • 6 days ago

Celebrate the holiday season in Montgomery County with these awesome December events. For more

View More
dettera wine bar ambler fire place

5 Places to Eat in Montgomery County with Heated Outdoor Dining

5 Places to Eat in Montgomery County with Heated Outdoor Dining

  • 8 days ago

Get ready to dine al fresco this winter, and check out these restaurants with heated patios and

View More
lochels bakery

Make it Main Street: Lochel's Bakery

Make it Main Street: Lochel's Bakery

  • 9 days ago

From Ambler to Pottstown, businesses in Montgomery County have been working around the clock to stay

View More
Bridgeport Veterinary Hospital

Make it Main Street: Bridgeport Veterinary Hospital

Make it Main Street: Bridgeport Veterinary Hospital

  • 15 days ago

From Ambler to Pottstown, businesses in Montgomery County have been working around the clock to stay

View More
Moishe's Pickles the pickle guy

Make it Main Street: Moishe's Pickles

Make it Main Street: Moishe's Pickles

  • 21 days ago

From Ambler to Pottstown, businesses in Montgomery County have been working around the clock to stay

View More
Valley Forge Park Cabins Fall

The Top Montco Events in November

The Top Montco Events in November

  • a month ago

There's loads of exciting things to do this November in Montgomery County. Here are some of our

View More
Hike

Take a Hike: 4 Hiking Trails for Beginners in Montgomery County

Take a Hike: 4 Hiking Trails for Beginners in Montgomery County

  • a month ago

Hiking is a great way to immerse yourself in nature, get a good workout in, and recharge your

View More
garden grill hilton

Montco's Best Hotel & Country Club Restaurants

Montco's Best Hotel & Country Club Restaurants

  • 2 months ago

While Montgomery County, PA has more than 1,600 restaurants to choose from, visitors staying at one

View More
fall valley forge park

The Best Fall Events to Check out this October

The Best Fall Events to Check out this October

  • 2 months ago

There's loads of exciting things to do this October in Montgomery County. Here are some of our

View More