Glencairn Museum

Glencairn Museum This is the official page for Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. http://www.glencairnmuseum.org
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Glencairn, built between 1928 and 1939, was the home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family for forty years. Today Glencairn serves as a museum of religious art and history. Visitors explore beliefs and practices through renowned art collections, including ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. Pitcairn’s collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country's finest. Glencairn Museum is open for guided tours and events. Guided tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 2:30pm, and weekends at 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3pm. See our website for more tour and event information. Glencairn Museum Social Media Code of Conduct Our social media presence is designed to help visitors learn about Glencairn Museum’s public programs, our building and collections, and related research. We welcome your comments. Here are a few guidelines to ensure that our online visitors have a positive experience on our page. Please stay on topic. Keep your comments relevant to the post at hand. Do not advertise or self promote. Off-topic comments and advertisements are likely to be removed. Please be respectful. Treat others with civility, the same way you would want them to treat you. Do not post personal attacks (deliberately insulting comments directed toward a specific individual or group), racist or sexist comments, or profanity. Comments that do not meet this standard are likely to be removed. Please take responsibility for what you say by posting under your own name; we do not allow alias accounts (and neither does Facebook). Those who violate these guidelines repeatedly may be banned from our page.

It’s springtime, and Glencairn’s gardens are in bloom, but sadly we can’t enjoy them in person right now. So let’s time-...
04/18/2020

It’s springtime, and Glencairn’s gardens are in bloom, but sadly we can’t enjoy them in person right now. So let’s time-travel back to the 1950s and join Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn as they go for a stroll! How quickly can you assemble this jigsaw puzzle? Click on this link to start (https://bit.ly/2xJ0Yvx) and then share your time with us in the comments below! #MuseumJigsaws #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

04/18/2020
The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus: A Stained-Glass Depiction of a Centuries-Old Legend

Two works of art in the collection of Glencairn Museum represent the only known stained-glass depiction of the centuries-old legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. In this new video (5:45 min.) Dr. Michael Cothren, Glencairn’s Consultative Curator of Medieval Stained Glass, gives us an in-depth look at these 13th-century stained-glass panels. #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Two works of art in the collection of Glencairn Museum represent the only known stained-glass depiction of the centuries-old legend of the Seven Sleepers of ...

Earlier this week we posted photos of several of the 11 old board games we found in one of Glencairn’s closets: a 1921 W...
04/17/2020

Earlier this week we posted photos of several of the 11 old board games we found in one of Glencairn’s closets: a 1921 Wizard of Oz game and a 1933 Winnie the Pooh game, both made by Parker Brothers. Here’s another interesting one: this Grande Auto Race game was patented in 1915 by Howard D. Atkins of Philadelphia. The players raced around the track by throwing the dice. The game also involved the use of a sand glass; whoever was in the lead when the sand ran out won the game! Can anyone identify the cars on this board? #GlencairnBehindTheScenes #StayAtHome #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Any idea where this amazing twelfth-century French corbel is located in Glencairn? It depicts a two-headed bird holding ...
04/17/2020

Any idea where this amazing twelfth-century French corbel is located in Glencairn? It depicts a two-headed bird holding two human heads with its claws, and bending down to bite off their ears! Because of where this sculpture is, most visitors don't even notice it. (Later on we’ll post the answer in the comments below.) #GlencairnUpClose #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

World class collection? Check. Beautiful, large building? Check. Brilliant team of workers? Check. When the process of t...
04/16/2020
Interview with Dr. Charles T. Little: Reflections on the Early Days of Glencairn Museum — Glencairn Museum

World class collection? Check. Beautiful, large building? Check. Brilliant team of workers? Check. When the process of turning Glencairn into a museum began in the late 1970s, all of the necessary ingredients of a great museum were ready to combine. But what was it like to take part in the process of organizing, cataloging, and studying the hundreds of objects destined for display? In this issue of Glencairn Museum News, Julia Perratore, Assistant Curator at The Met Cloisters, interviews someone who was there: Charles T. Little, Curator Emeritus of the Medieval Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Julia Perratore, Assistant Curator at The Met Cloisters, interviews Charles T. Little, Curator Emeritus of the Medieval Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the process of turning Glencairn into a museum in the late 1970s.

Very few people notice this bird with its chicks, elaborately carved from teakwood, and flanked by the initials of R(aym...
04/15/2020

Very few people notice this bird with its chicks, elaborately carved from teakwood, and flanked by the initials of R(aymond) and M(ildred) Pitcairn. It's located in the third-floor library near the apex of the ceiling—high above the fireplace, balcony, and a Flemish tapestry. We think this is the kind of attention to detail that makes Glencairn such an extraordinary building! #GlencairnUpClose #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

#WayBackWednesday In 1876, together with a small group of supporters, Rev. William Henry Benade and John Pitcairn establ...
04/15/2020

#WayBackWednesday In 1876, together with a small group of supporters, Rev. William Henry Benade and John Pitcairn established the Academy of the New Church in Philadelphia. (It later moved to Bryn Athyn, some 25 miles to the north.) In 1877, Benade and Pitcairn left the country on an extended tour of Europe, Egypt, and the Holy Land. In this photo, taken on April 20th, 1878, the two men pose in their camp near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. That same year they founded the Academy’s Museum, now Glencairn Museum. (They were busy guys!) Read more about the founding of the Museum here: https://bit.ly/34G6JpR #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

After all these years we're still finding things in Glencairn that tell us about the daily life of the Pitcairn family i...
04/14/2020

After all these years we're still finding things in Glencairn that tell us about the daily life of the Pitcairn family in the early 20th century. Here’s another game board that we found in a closet. Like the 1921 Wizard of Oz game we posted about earlier today, this Winnie-the-Pooh game was made by Parker Bros. It dates to 1933; the book by English author A.A. Milne was first published in 1926. None of the tokens or dice were with these boards, but maybe those will show up one day, too! Are you playing more board games and assembling more puzzles these days? #GlencairnBehindTheScenes #StayAtHome #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Many people who are self-isolating at home during the coronavirus pandemic are heading to their closets to pull out boar...
04/14/2020

Many people who are self-isolating at home during the coronavirus pandemic are heading to their closets to pull out board games and jigsaw puzzles that have been untouched for years. A while ago at Glencairn we found 11 boards for games in a closet, some of which date back to the 1920s. This Wizard of Oz game dates to 1921, and was made by Parker Bros. The game is based on the books, not on the 1939 Hollywood movie. L. Frank Baum published a total of 14 Oz books between 1900 and 1920. Are you playing more board games and assembling more puzzles these days? #GlencairnBehindTheScenes #StayAtHome #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Happy 150th anniversary to our friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York! The Met was founded 150 years ago to...
04/13/2020

Happy 150th anniversary to our friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York! The Met was founded 150 years ago today, on April 13, 1870. #Met150

The Academy of the New Church's museum, which was combined with the Pitcairn collection to create Glencairn Museum, was founded just eight years later, in 1878. You can read about the early days of our museum here: https://bit.ly/34ypo6K

When The Met was founded 150 years ago today, on April 13, 1870, it had no art and no building. It began simply as an idea—that art can inspire anyone who has access to it. Today, with the Museum temporarily closed, this idea has never been more important. ⁣⁣
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From the beginning, The Met has been made by our community—you. As we honor our anniversary, we're thinking about what the Museum means to all of us, whether we're in the galleries or experiencing the Museum from afar.⁣

Today, we invite you to read Met Stories you've shared with us about how you connect with the Museum. It's an honor of us to bring them to you now. Wherever you are in the world today, thank you for being part of our Met Story.⁣⁣ ❤️

Read your Met Stories ➡️ met.org/2Ry8e3Q

📸 The facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 12, 1917. #Met150⁣

[Image description: A black and white photo of The Met, with a horse-and-buggy and 1910s-era car out front.]⁣

#MondayMorningViews Here's a view from one of Glencairn's sleeping porches we posted a few years ago, on a similarly rai...
04/13/2020

#MondayMorningViews Here's a view from one of Glencairn's sleeping porches we posted a few years ago, on a similarly rainy day!

This 12th-century French capital, built into a wall just beneath the second-floor balcony, is easy to miss when explorin...
04/12/2020

This 12th-century French capital, built into a wall just beneath the second-floor balcony, is easy to miss when exploring Glencairn's Great Hall. It depicts the Ascension, when Jesus Christ was taken up into Heaven. Christ is shown in the center, stepping on a rock with arms outstretched, supported by two angels in flight. Underneath are two kneeling, praying figures. #GlencairnUpClose #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Today is Easter, when Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament. Glencairn...
04/12/2020

Today is Easter, when Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament. Glencairn's chapel includes a stained-glass window with three scenes from the Easter story, all created in the Bryn Athyn Studios. The central panel shows the resurrected Christ meeting with Mary Magdalene:

"Then they said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' She said to them, 'Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.' Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?' She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, 'Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' She turned and said to Him, 'Rabboni!' (which is to say, Teacher)." (John 20:13-16)

According to Christian tradition, today is Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. This Byzantine steatite plaque f...
04/11/2020

According to Christian tradition, today is Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. This Byzantine steatite plaque from the 14th century depicts what is sometimes called the Harrowing of Hell. It shows Jesus Christ descending into Limbo—after the Crucifixion, but before the Resurrection—in order to open the gates of Heaven for the righteous.

Christ is shown in a mandorla (full-body halo), holding a cross-shaped staff. He tramples the gates of Hell, which fall to the ground in the shape of a cross. He takes Adam by the hand; Eve is shown beside him. The figures with crowns may represent the kings David and Solomon. #HolySaturday #GlencairnUpClose #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

In Christian tradition, the week before Easter is called Holy Week. This small (7.5 inches vertical) stone relief in Gle...
04/11/2020

In Christian tradition, the week before Easter is called Holy Week. This small (7.5 inches vertical) stone relief in Glencairn's Treasury was made in 15th-century Bavaria. The subject is the kiss of Judas, which in art is sometimes called the Betrayal of Christ (Matthew 26:47–52). Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. The Bible describes how Judas identified Jesus to the arresting soldiers with a kiss. What details from the story of the Betrayal of Christ can you find depicted in this little stone relief? #GlencairnUpClose #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Today is Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, a day when Christians worldwide commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Chri...
04/10/2020

Today is Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, a day when Christians worldwide commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There are several representations of the Crucifixion in the collection of Glencairn Museum. This 13th-century stained glass depiction shows the human responses to the horror of the event: Mary reaches out toward her dead son as if to try to save Him, and John’s head-in-hand gesture is a longstanding convention for expressing grief. (Northern France, c. 1235) #GoodFriday #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

“I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.” ―Luis Barragan…#GlencairnAtADistance #Museum...
04/10/2020

“I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.” ―Luis Barragan

#GlencairnAtADistance #MuseumAtHome #VisitFromHome

This week Glencairn Museum provided 120 lunches from All Aboard Cafe to the ICU and radiology departments at Abington Ho...
04/09/2020

This week Glencairn Museum provided 120 lunches from All Aboard Cafe to the ICU and radiology departments at Abington Hospital. We would like to thank all of the healthcare workers who put themselves at risk every day to help those in need during this COVID-19 outbreak. You are doing an amazing job, and we will forever be grateful. #HealthcareHeroes #HealthcareWorkers

In this 2016 issue of Glencairn Museum News (https://bit.ly/2RnfkYU), read about the three-dimensional Easter scenes mad...
04/09/2020

In this 2016 issue of Glencairn Museum News (https://bit.ly/2RnfkYU), read about the three-dimensional Easter scenes made for the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family. The scenes were originally made in the 1920s for Cairnwood, Raymond’s childhood home, where the Pitcairn family resided until Glencairn was completed in 1939. The scenes continued to be displayed annually after the move to Glencairn, and became part of an Easter tradition enjoyed by the Pitcairn grandchildren. Some of the grandchildren fondly remember coming to Glencairn each year to see the Easter scenes with their parents, and picking out a flower to take to Bryn Athyn Cathedral on Easter Sunday (grown in the Pitcairns’ nursery). #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Here’s another great photo of last night’s “pink supermoon,” the largest full moon of 2020, with #GlencairnAtADistance.…...
04/08/2020

Here’s another great photo of last night’s “pink supermoon,” the largest full moon of 2020, with #GlencairnAtADistance.

Photo courtesy of Shiloh Silverman, a local freelance photographer specializing in wildlife and portrait photography. (You can follow him on Instagram @silverpark.wildlife) #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Last night’s “pink supermoon” was the largest full moon of 2020. We think it looks especially stunning with #GlencairnAt...
04/08/2020

Last night’s “pink supermoon” was the largest full moon of 2020. We think it looks especially stunning with #GlencairnAtADistance. We hope you had a chance to go outside and see it!

Photo courtesy of local photographer Steve Conroy. Follow Steve's work on Instagram @steveconroy) #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Glencairn Museum is temporarily closed to the public, but our social media is working hard to stay connected with our au...
04/07/2020

Glencairn Museum is temporarily closed to the public, but our social media is working hard to stay connected with our audiences on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. New hashtags we’re using during our #StayAtHome include #GlencairnBehindTheScenes, #GlencairnAtADistance, and #GlencairnUpClose. And don’t miss this one: #AccessorizeLikeAnEgyptian! We look forward to welcoming you back to Glencairn in person when we reopen. #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Yesterday Glencairn provided an All Aboard Cafe lunch to the residents of Cairnwood Village, a non-profit retirement com...
04/07/2020

Yesterday Glencairn provided an All Aboard Cafe lunch to the residents of Cairnwood Village, a non-profit retirement community located just across the street from the Bryn Athyn Historic District. Many of these nice people are longtime supporters of Glencairn, and we look forward to seeing them again in person when we reopen!

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in cornc...
04/06/2020

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” ―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

With #GlencairnAtADistance, this mockingbird was photographed by Shiloh Silverman, a local freelance photographer specializing in wildlife and portrait photography. (You can follow him on Instagram @silverpark.wildlife) #MuseumAtHome #VisitFromHome

Sekhmet, whose name means "the powerful one," was a goddess who could bring disease and pestilence. However, the ancient...
04/06/2020

Sekhmet, whose name means "the powerful one," was a goddess who could bring disease and pestilence. However, the ancient Egyptians also credited her with the ability to ward off illness, and she became the patron goddess of physicians and healers. Sekhmet was usually portrayed as a slender woman with the head of a lioness. This head of the goddess in Glencairn’s Ancient Egypt gallery shows her wearing both the solar disk and the uraeus, a fire-spitting cobra that symbolized kingship. (The head of the uraeus is broken off.) #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #Health #Healing

Raymond Pitcairn and a granddaughter enjoy the hyacinths in Glencairn's Upper Hall (springtime, early 1960s). The Pitcai...
04/06/2020

Raymond Pitcairn and a granddaughter enjoy the hyacinths in Glencairn's Upper Hall (springtime, early 1960s). The Pitcairns maintained an operating greenhouse next door at Cairnwood. #SoFarBackSunday #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

“Along the river, over the hills, in the ground, in the sky, spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm, new life, n...
04/05/2020

“Along the river, over the hills, in the ground, in the sky, spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm, new life, new beauty, unfolding, unrolling in glorious exuberant extravagance—new birds in their nests, new winged creatures in the air, and new leaves, new flowers spreading, shining, rejoicing everywhere.” —John Muir, 1911

#GlencairnAtADistance #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

In Christian tradition the week before Easter is called Holy Week. Today is Palm Sunday, a day that marks Jesus' triumph...
04/05/2020

In Christian tradition the week before Easter is called Holy Week. Today is Palm Sunday, a day that marks Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Was this eighth-century ivory box (04.CR.49), with scenes that seem to evoke Palm Sunday on one side, owned by a medieval king? Read about “one of the most tantalizing works of art encountered at Glencairn” in this 2013 issue of Glencairn Museum News: https://bit.ly/2XfjPZD #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

04/04/2020

For the past few weeks, bagpipers around the world have been playing their music from rooftops and balconies to raise the spirits of their neighbors while they #StayAtHome. Since we can’t invite a bagpiper to Glencairn right now, we’re sharing this video of bagpiper Gus Person from last December 6th—playing from the top of Glencairn’s tower with Bryn Athyn Cathedral illuminated in the distance. Let’s all stay safe, and do whatever we can to take care of our neighbors! (Video by Kristin Kinsey) #GoodNeighbors #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Today is #SlowArtDay, an international day that invites people around the world to visit a museum and spend time with a ...
04/04/2020

Today is #SlowArtDay, an international day that invites people around the world to visit a museum and spend time with a work of art (5-10 minutes is recommended). This year, of course, your visit to Glencairn will be "virtual," from the comfort of your favorite chair. This early 15th-century Franco-Flemish tapestry, now hanging in Glencairn’s library, is over eight feet tall, and is filled with interesting details. What do you notice when you look slowly and carefully at this tapestry?⁠ What are some of the activities you see taking place? Feel free to share your discoveries here! #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #SlowArtDay2020

We’re loving Steve Conroy’s beautiful photos of Bryn Athyn Cathedral this week—especially the ones where Glencairn is ph...
04/04/2020

We’re loving Steve Conroy’s beautiful photos of Bryn Athyn Cathedral this week—especially the ones where Glencairn is photobombing 😉

(Follow Steve's work on Instagram @steveconroy) #GlencairnAtADistance #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

#AccessorizeLikeAnEgyptian The most popular of all Egyptian amulets was the wedjat eye, which was worn to promote health...
04/03/2020

#AccessorizeLikeAnEgyptian The most popular of all Egyptian amulets was the wedjat eye, which was worn to promote health and well-being. Thirteen separate wedjat eye amulets, made from faience in molds, decorate this necklace (15.JW.460). The mythological origin of this symbol is rooted in the struggle between Horus, who was the rightful heir to the throne of Osiris, his father, and Horus’s jealous uncle, Seth, who murdered Osiris. During these battles, Horus’s eye was injured and was restored to health by means of magic.
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Read about Glencairn Museum’s exhibition, “Sacred Adornments: Jewelry as Belief in Ancient Egypt,” here: https://bit.ly/2xgdMZS #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #Health #Healing

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1001 Cathedral Rd
Bryn Athyn, PA
19009

Opening Hours

Tuesday 14:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 14:00 - 16:30
Thursday 14:00 - 16:30
Friday 14:00 - 16:30
Saturday 13:00 - 16:30
Sunday 13:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(267) 502-2600

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