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.

Happy 288th birthday, #GeorgeWashington! This letter from Washington to his close friend (and trusted Revolutionary War ...
02/22/2020

Happy 288th birthday, #GeorgeWashington! This letter from Washington to his close friend (and trusted Revolutionary War general) Nathanael Greene is dated May 20, 1785. It was acquired by Raymond Pitcairn, who admired the president, in 1940. #GWBirthday

In honor of #NationalLoveYourPetDay, here’s Mildred Pitcairn with Hoover, the Pitcairn family’s Great Dane. The photo wa...
02/20/2020

In honor of #NationalLoveYourPetDay, here’s Mildred Pitcairn with Hoover, the Pitcairn family’s Great Dane. The photo was taken on the grounds of Glencairn (date unknown).

#MustRead Check out this article about Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn published yesterday in Hidden City Philadelphi...
02/19/2020
Medieval Masterpieces Inspired by Swedish Mystic Still Dazzle in Montco

#MustRead Check out this article about Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn published yesterday in Hidden City Philadelphia!

A Christian sect inspired by Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg has a rich history in 19th century Philadelphia. But the medieval-inspired structures his adherents built in the Huntingdon Valley represent a true apex of craft for 20th century architecture

We were visiting our friends at Grounds For Sculpture today—but this little guy made us homesick for Glencairn!
02/17/2020

We were visiting our friends at Grounds For Sculpture today—but this little guy made us homesick for Glencairn!

A composition of three medieval sculptures in a corner of Glencairn’s Great Hall (with St. Paul in the middle) first app...
02/16/2020

A composition of three medieval sculptures in a corner of Glencairn’s Great Hall (with St. Paul in the middle) first appeared in Cairnwood’s hall years before Glencairn was completed. One of Raymond Pitcairn's artists sketched and measured the group while it was still in Cairnwood (circa 1931) as part of the process of planning their new home in Glencairn. Before the move to Glencairn, many objects in the Pitcairn collection were displayed at Cairnwood or were on loan to local museums.

Happy #ValentinesDay! We’re enjoying all the Valentine’s Day posts from museums around the world. This hand-carved jewel...
02/14/2020

Happy #ValentinesDay! We’re enjoying all the Valentine’s Day posts from museums around the world. This hand-carved jewelry box was presented as a gift to Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn by their children in 1960, on the occasion of the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. It was carved by Benjamin Tweedale, a craftsman who worked at both Glencairn and Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Pairs of doves are a major decorative theme in Glencairn—they are carved in wood and stone, and depicted in glass mosaic.

The inscription along the top reads: "Raymond & Mildred Dec - 29 - 1910 - 1960." The inscription below in Hebrew is a verse from the Bible (Psalm 118:23): “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."

02/14/2020
Interview with Lachlan Pitcairn: Glencairn as a Home

#ThrowBackThursday Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in Glencairn when it was still a home? Lachlan Pitcairn, son of Raymond and Mildred, was interviewed about this in the Great Hall of Glencairn on May 1, 2006. This film includes rare "home movie" footage and many historic photographs. Some of the topics covered:

- Building Bryn Athyn Cathedral
- Building Glencairn
- A Musical Family
- Peacocks as Pets
- Worship at Glencairn
- Raising the Roof
- Eisenhower Visits Glencairn

This interview with Lachlan Pitcairn, son of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, was recorded in the great hall of Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA, on May 1, 2006. The f...

A bit of spring decor. #snowdrops
02/13/2020

A bit of spring decor. #snowdrops

Our beautiful next door neighbor, Cairnwood Estate, just before sunset this evening.
02/12/2020

Our beautiful next door neighbor, Cairnwood Estate, just before sunset this evening.

#ComeVisitUs
02/10/2020

#ComeVisitUs

#WeekendReads Who carved the many statues and architectural sculptures that have found their way to Glencairn? How did t...
02/08/2020
Medieval Sculptors at Glencairn Museum — Glencairn Museum

#WeekendReads Who carved the many statues and architectural sculptures that have found their way to Glencairn? How did these sculptors learn and practice their craft? What were their lives like? In this 2016 essay for Glencairn Museum News, Dr. Julia Perratore explores the world of the medieval sculptor, who mastered “a craft that was challenging and at times back-breaking, requiring flexibility and ingenuity.” Dr. Perratore is now Assistant Curator at The Met Cloisters.

Number 5, 2016 In this essay for Glencairn Museum News , Dr. Julia Perratore, Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the world of the medieval sculptor, who mastered “a craft that was challenging and at times back-breaking, requiring flexibility and ingenuity.”

#ThrowbackThursday This photo was taken at Glencairn on February 5, 2016, looking toward the Philadelphia skyline.
02/06/2020

#ThrowbackThursday This photo was taken at Glencairn on February 5, 2016, looking toward the Philadelphia skyline.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and here at Glencairn we have our very own #SuperBowl! The bowl, carved in black granite, is...
02/02/2020

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and here at Glencairn we have our very own #SuperBowl! The bowl, carved in black granite, is perhaps the most remarkable object in Glencairn’s Egyptian collection. Used to receive liquid offerings to the gods, it dates to the New Kingdom (1539-1075 BC). Read all about it in this Glencairn Museum News article from 2017: https://bit.ly/2S6emjs

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations...
01/31/2020

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
—Henry David Thoreau

#ThrowbackThursday Joyce Bellinger, originally from Canada, began living and working part time at Glencairn in 1947 whil...
01/31/2020

#ThrowbackThursday Joyce Bellinger, originally from Canada, began living and working part time at Glencairn in 1947 while attending Bryn Athyn College—which is just across the street from Glencairn. Within a few years she became the full-time housekeeper and also Mildred Pitcairn’s personal assistant. Joyce coordinated the details of events such as the annual Glencairn Christmas Sing, and visits by the Pitcairns’ many grandchildren. When Mildred Pitcairn died in 1979, Joyce continued on as housekeeper, assisting with the building’s transition from family home to Glencairn Museum. She also became a tour guide, and took on the role of tour coordinator. When she retired in 1992 after 45 years of service at Glencairn, Joyce became a part-time archivist at the Glencairn Museum Archives, helping to organize and make accessible a vast collection of letters, photographs, speeches, and other material. She passed away in 2010.

Today, January 29th, is the birthday of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and theologi...
01/29/2020

Today, January 29th, is the birthday of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and theologian. Swedenborg never attempted to found a religious organization, but his readers began to establish "New Church" congregations shortly after his death in 1772. This 1817 portrait of Swedenborg, now on exhibit in Glencairn’s Upper Hall, was painted by the well known Swedish portrait artist Carl Fredrik von Breda (1759–1818). In 2003 we had the portrait cleaned by a conservator and examined by an art historian. What was discovered in the process surprised everyone involved! Read all about it in this Glencairn Museum News article from 2011: http://ow.ly/PgrZ30i3YMO

Glencairn has over 90 rooms, including a chapel, 18 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 10 washrooms (toilets and sinks only), 3 sle...
01/25/2020

Glencairn has over 90 rooms, including a chapel, 18 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 10 washrooms (toilets and sinks only), 3 sleeping porches, 3 kitchens, and 2 pantries. The gym in the basement featured a small basketball court! https://glencairnmuseum.org/highlights-tour

01/24/2020
1in2 Concert | January 24, 2020

Looking for something to do tonight? Join us for this dynamic piano/violin concert! Doors open at 7, concert at 7:30. Tickets will be sold at the door.

1in2 is a violin/piano duet that was born out of a great variety of contrasting musical styles and approaches. They will be playing at Glencairn Museum, Bryn...

01/22/2020
1in2 Concert | January 24, 2020

Just a few more hours to buy your advance tickets for Friday's concert! (Tickets will also be sold at the door on Friday, subject to availability.)

1in2 is a violin/piano duet that was born out of a great variety of contrasting musical styles and approaches. They will be playing at Glencairn Museum, Bryn...

Today we’re sorting necklaces for our upcoming exhibition, “Sacred Adornment: Jewelry as Belief in Ancient Egypt" (Febru...
01/21/2020

Today we’re sorting necklaces for our upcoming exhibition, “Sacred Adornment: Jewelry as Belief in Ancient Egypt" (February 29 - November 1). The exhibition will explore how jewelry was used by both the living and the dead to adorn, to protect, and to express devotion to the divine. These necklaces were acquired by Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn in the 1920s and 1930s. https://bit.ly/2NBOMBE

01/18/2020
01/18/2020
1in2 Concert | January 24, 2020

Have you seen the preview for the 1in2 concert on the 24th yet? We'll just leave this here.

1in2 is a violin/piano duet that was born out of a great variety of contrasting musical styles and approaches. They will be playing at Glencairn Museum, Bryn...

Winter is a great time to enjoy the finer things in life right here in our own area! But do high admission fees discoura...
01/18/2020

Winter is a great time to enjoy the finer things in life right here in our own area! But do high admission fees discourage you from visiting as many museums and historic homes as you might like? One of the outstanding benefits of Glencairn’s Gold Membership card is FREE admission to over 1,000 museums under the North American Reciprocal Museum program: https://narmassociation.org. (The full list of museums in PDF format is here: https://bit.ly/2uNJPyP) Here are just a few of the participating museums in our area: The Brandywine River Museum of Art, The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, James A. Michener Art Museum, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, The Rosenbach, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, and Woodmere Art Museum. Always take your Glencairn Gold Membership card with you when you travel! For a complete list of Glencairn Gold membership benefits, see here: https://glencairnmuseum.org/benefits-and-fees

The city of Billy Penn today at sunset. This photo was taken from the observation deck of Glencairn’s tower just before ...
01/16/2020

The city of Billy Penn today at sunset. This photo was taken from the observation deck of Glencairn’s tower just before 5pm. (See photo in comment below for a wider view of the skyline.)

01/15/2020
1in2 Concert | January 24, 2020

We're excited to host the piano/violin duo 1in2! Join us on the 24th to hear music from Bach, Bartok, the Beatles, and more.

1in2 is a violin/piano duet that was born out of a great variety of contrasting musical styles and approaches. They will be playing at Glencairn Museum, Bryn...

Today is #MuseumSelfieDay! Amy Glenn, Glencairn’s education coordinator, is taking a selfie in our Egyptian Gallery. Be ...
01/15/2020

Today is #MuseumSelfieDay! Amy Glenn, Glencairn’s education coordinator, is taking a selfie in our Egyptian Gallery. Be like Amy! Take and post a selfie with a museum object, and be sure to check out the hashtag #MuseumSelfie to see selfies taken by people in museums around the world.

We’re finally finished de-decorating the castle from our Christmas exhibition and tours! (Almost.)
01/14/2020

We’re finally finished de-decorating the castle from our Christmas exhibition and tours! (Almost.)

This 12th-century Spanish ivory of Saint Peter is on exhibit in Glencairn's Medieval Treasury.
01/12/2020

This 12th-century Spanish ivory of Saint Peter is on exhibit in Glencairn's Medieval Treasury.

A bust of Abraham Lincoln and a portrait of Raymond Pitcairn preside over the waxing of Glencairn’s teakwood floors.…Gle...
01/10/2020

A bust of Abraham Lincoln and a portrait of Raymond Pitcairn preside over the waxing of Glencairn’s teakwood floors.

Glencairn Museum is closed through January 20 for maintenance. We will reopen with our regular Tuesday-Sunday hours on Tuesday, January 21. Please call 267-502-2990 or visit www.glencairnmuseum.org to plan your visit for another time.

Today Dr. Jennifer Wegner (left), who is curating an upcoming exhibition of ancient Egyptian jewelry at Glencairn Museum...
01/09/2020

Today Dr. Jennifer Wegner (left), who is curating an upcoming exhibition of ancient Egyptian jewelry at Glencairn Museum, gave members of the Glencairn staff a tour of an exhibition she has curated at the Penn Museum: “Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display.” She also showed us the impressive new installation of the museum’s unofficial mascot: the 13-ton red granite sphinx of Ramses II, which first arrived in Philadelphia in 1913. Together with her husband Josef Wegner, Jennifer has written a book about it: _The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia: The Story of the Colossal Sphinx in the Penn Museum_. Jen and Joe are Associate Curators in the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum.

The view from Glencairn's tower at 4:15pm this afternoon.
01/08/2020

The view from Glencairn's tower at 4:15pm this afternoon.

Today is Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day, traditionally designated as the day the Wise Men visited the Christ C...
01/06/2020

Today is Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day, traditionally designated as the day the Wise Men visited the Christ Child. This limestone relief with the Adoration of the Magi, in the collection of Glencairn Museum, was made in 13th-century France. All three of the Magi are represented as kings with crowns, in keeping with medieval tradition. The first king, whose arm is broken off, is depicted kneeling and presenting a gift.

01/06/2020

Please note: Glencairn is closed today (January 6) through January 20 for maintenance. We will reopen with our regular Tuesday-Sunday hours on Tuesday, January 21. Call 267-502-2990 or visit our website to plan your visit for another time.

Today (Sunday) is the LAST DAY to experience our CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour (https://bit.ly/2rqtmix) and WORLD NATIVIT...
01/05/2020
Glencairn Museum’s World Nativities Exhibition — Glencairn Museum

Today (Sunday) is the LAST DAY to experience our CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour (https://bit.ly/2rqtmix) and WORLD NATIVITIES exhibition (https://bit.ly/2X1h2AX)!
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"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Glencairn Museum’s eleventh annual  World Nativities  exhibition presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes collected from many different cultures and communities around the globe. The goal of the exhibition is to show the universal appeal of the Nativity story, and how i

Time is running out to experience our CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour (https://bit.ly/2rqtmix) and WORLD NATIVITIES exhibit...
01/04/2020

Time is running out to experience our CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour (https://bit.ly/2rqtmix) and WORLD NATIVITIES exhibition (https://bit.ly/2X1h2AX). (Daily through Sunday, January 5, 2020) We hope to see you at Glencairn this weekend!

CLOSING SUNDAY: our "World Nativities" exhibition is open daily from noon to 4:30 through January 5. It includes dozens ...
01/03/2020
World Nativities — Glencairn Museum

CLOSING SUNDAY: our "World Nativities" exhibition is open daily from noon to 4:30 through January 5. It includes dozens of Nativities from around the world (some sets of which have never been seen at Glencairn), a Moravian Putz, and activities for kids. Consider including Glencairn as one of your final holiday celebrations this year! https://bit.ly/2X1h2AX

Friday, November 29 — Sunday, January 5 Daily 12:00 — 4:30 pm December 26, 27, 28, and 29 10:00 am — 4:30 pm Closed December 9-10, 24-25  Suggested donation $5 per person Glencairn Museum’s annual  World Nativities  exhibition presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativit

Our first issue of Glencairn Museum News for 2020 presents more than a dozen beautifully photographed Nativities from Gl...
01/02/2020
Glencairn Museum’s World Nativities Exhibition — Glencairn Museum

Our first issue of Glencairn Museum News for 2020 presents more than a dozen beautifully photographed Nativities from Glencairn’s eleventh annual "World Nativities" exhibition (which runs through Sunday, January 5, 2020). The goal of "World Nativities" is to demonstrate the universal appeal of the Nativity story, and how individuals around the world seek to give it relevance by relating it to their own spiritual, intellectual, cultural, or regional environments. Settings for many of the Nativities have been created by Bryn Athyn artist Kathleen Glenn Pitcairn. Our “Nativity Seek and Find” activity in the exhibition is fun for all ages. Those who answer all the questions correctly win a prize—and help is readily available if you get stumped!

Glencairn Museum’s eleventh annual  World Nativities  exhibition presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes collected from many different cultures and communities around the globe. The goal of the exhibition is to show the universal appeal of the Nativity story, and how i

Start the New Year off with a visit to Glencairn! We still have room on our guided "Christmas in the Castle" tour today....
01/01/2020

Start the New Year off with a visit to Glencairn! We still have room on our guided "Christmas in the Castle" tour today. Join us to learn how the Pitcairns celebrated Christmas and to see the Bible story in stained glass, manuscripts, and Plexiglas. https://bit.ly/2rqtmix

Looking for something to do with the kiddos this week? Bring them to Glencairn! Open daily from noon to 4:30 through Jan...
01/01/2020

Looking for something to do with the kiddos this week? Bring them to Glencairn! Open daily from noon to 4:30 through January 5, our "World Nativities" exhibition has activities for them: spend time at the kid's Christmas tree reading stories and playing with Nativity sets, enjoy the model train that has a working whistle and smoke stack, and answer the questions in the Seek and Find to win a prize!

WORLD NATIVITIES exhibition https://bit.ly/2X1h2AX
CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour https://bit.ly/2rqtmix

Happy New Year’s Eve! Singing "Auld Lang Syne,” or playing it on the bagpipes, is a Scottish New Year’s Eve tradition th...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year’s Eve! Singing "Auld Lang Syne,” or playing it on the bagpipes, is a Scottish New Year’s Eve tradition that has spread across the globe. The song, which is about looking back on good times and remembering old friends, is a Scottish ballad adapted by Robert Burns, the great eighteenth-century Scottish poet. (In Scots, Auld Lang Syne means “old,” “long,” and “since,” and can be loosely translated as “for old times’ sake.”) We suspect that Raymond Pitcairn, son of Scottish immigrant John Pitcairn, would have loved this recent photo of bagpiper Gus Person playing at the top of Glencairn’s tower! (Photo courtesy of Martin Reardon Photography)

We are open on NEW YEAR’S DAY! Don’t miss our popular CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour (https://bit.ly/2rqtmix) and our WORLD NATIVITIES exhibition (https://bit.ly/2X1h2AX) this holiday season. (Daily through Sunday, January 5th)

12/31/2019
Ralston Live

Thanks for having Joralyn on your show, Ralston Live!

Need something festive to do? I sat with Joralyn Glenn, Marketing & Public Relations coordinator for Glencairn Museum’s Christmas at Glencairn 2019. Christmas at Glencairn is a program of tours, exhibitions and events hosted annually by Glencairn Museum, running from the day after Thanksgiving through January 5 this year. Includes the “Christmas in the Castle” guided tour held 2 or 3 times every day, and the self-guided exhibition World Nativities that’s open noon to 4:30 daily in the Upper Hall and Great Hall. Closed only Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—open New Year’s Eve and day. Special hours Dec 26-29.

Address

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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