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Ryerss Museum & Library

Ryerss Museum & Library A Victorian Museum & Library. Come Experience a Victorian legacy! FREE We also have a circulating library that's free and open to the public.

Built in 1859 by Joseph Ryerss, the Ryerss Museum showcases a huge array of art, furniture, and other objects from around the world. Located in beautiful Burholme Park, Ryerss is the perfect place to visit over the weekend to learn the history of the Ryerss family and see the amazing things they collected. We also have many fun activities here:

1st Saturday of Every Month, 11:00-3:00: Used book s

Built in 1859 by Joseph Ryerss, the Ryerss Museum showcases a huge array of art, furniture, and other objects from around the world. Located in beautiful Burholme Park, Ryerss is the perfect place to visit over the weekend to learn the history of the Ryerss family and see the amazing things they collected. We also have many fun activities here:

1st Saturday of Every Month, 11:00-3:00: Used book s

Operating as usual

Join us on Saturday, December 10 from 11 to 2 for a Victorian Christmas Open House!  There will be baked goods for sale,...
11/28/2022

Join us on Saturday, December 10 from 11 to 2 for a Victorian Christmas Open House! There will be baked goods for sale, a raffle basket, crafts for the young and young of heart and letters to Santa! Santa will be here from 12 to 2. T he Book Sale Room will be open for business in the basement, and there will be wreaths and fresh greens for sale of the porch.

Please call us at 215-685-0599 or email at [email protected] with any questions.

*Please note that the elevator is currently not working. The basement and porch are both wheelchair accessible, but there is a step up to get into the building from the porch.

Huge thanks to the friendly elves from Friends of Ryerss who spent yesterday working hard to decorate the mansion for Ch...
11/26/2022

Huge thanks to the friendly elves from Friends of Ryerss who spent yesterday working hard to decorate the mansion for Christmas! Come check it out on December 10 during our Victorian Christmas Open House, or any weekend in December!

Join us for Storytime on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:30 am for stories, songs and a craft all about BEARS!!! Hope to se...
11/25/2022

Join us for Storytime on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:30 am for stories, songs and a craft all about BEARS!!! Hope to see you then.

Our heat is broken!  Ryerss will be closing today at 1pm and will be closed tomorrow, November 20 due to cold.  Please s...
11/19/2022

Our heat is broken! Ryerss will be closing today at 1pm and will be closed tomorrow, November 20 due to cold. Please stay warm at home and hopefully we will see you when we open again next Friday, November 25th!

Come on in out of the cold for Storytime tomorrow, Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 am. We’ll be reading stories about our...
11/18/2022

Come on in out of the cold for Storytime tomorrow, Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 am. We’ll be reading stories about our 5 senses, playing listening games and doing smelling activities. Stay to make your own scratch and sniff paper Pizza. Hope to see you.

11/18/2022

We will be opening at NOON on Sunday, November 20 due to staff shortages.

Ryerss Museum and Library will be closed next Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.
11/05/2022

Ryerss Museum and Library will be closed next Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

It’s Storytime and DINOSAUR Fun tomorrow, Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 am. Come for stories, make your own creative din...
11/04/2022

It’s Storytime and DINOSAUR Fun tomorrow, Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 am. Come for stories, make your own creative dinosaur and borrow some of our new Dinosaur picture books.

Looking forward to our first Book Club get together tomorrow, Friday 10/28 at 1:00 pm to discuss the wonderful book, Orp...
10/27/2022

Looking forward to our first Book Club get together tomorrow, Friday 10/28 at 1:00 pm to discuss the wonderful book, Orphan Train. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book, drop by and join us for this discussion which focuses on family, memories and our life journey.

Happy Diwali to all who celebrate!
10/24/2022

Happy Diwali to all who celebrate!

Halloween Storytime Fun tomorrow, Saturday, October 22 at 10:30 am. Come make a spider web with a glittery spider and bo...
10/21/2022

Halloween Storytime Fun tomorrow, Saturday, October 22 at 10:30 am. Come make a spider web with a glittery spider and borrow some of our new Halloween books. There will be special surprises too. See you tomorrow

Have you marked your calendar for our Halloween Storytime next Friday, October 22nd? Also, let us know if you’ll be join...
10/14/2022

Have you marked your calendar for our Halloween Storytime next Friday, October 22nd? Also, let us know if you’ll be joining us for Book Club on October 28th. Hope to see you soon.

It was a great night at Movies in the Park. Thanks to The Friends of Ryerss who gave their time and energy to create suc...
10/09/2022

It was a great night at Movies in the Park. Thanks to The Friends of Ryerss who gave their time and energy to create such a fun night for our community. To all who came out tonight, we hope you’ll come visit Ryerss Museum and borrow books from our library, open every Friday, Saturday and Sundey, 10 am - 4 pm.

Hope you’ll join us tonight for Movies in the Park, Hotel Transylvania 2, at 7 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and dress wa...
10/08/2022

Hope you’ll join us tonight for Movies in the Park, Hotel Transylvania 2, at 7 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and dress warmly. There will refreshments for sale and a craft activity for children beginning at 5 pm. 💀Hope to see you. 🎃be

Looking forward to seeing all of our friends for Storytime tomorrow, October 8 at 10:30 am for Storytime. Our stories, s...
10/07/2022

Looking forward to seeing all of our friends for Storytime tomorrow, October 8 at 10:30 am for Storytime. Our stories, songs and craft will focus on Fall, Farms and Fun. Don’t forget to come back for Movies in the Park at 7 pm. Hotel Transylvania 2.

Exciting News: Ryerss is starting a monthly Book Club and you are invited. Our first get together will be Friday, Octobe...
09/30/2022

Exciting News: Ryerss is starting a monthly Book Club and you are invited. Our first get together will be Friday, October 28 at 1:00 pm and we will discuss the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein. Please read the book prior to the meeting. If possible, RSVP so we can look forward to seeing you then. 215-685-0599
Email: [email protected] or message us on Facebook

L'Shana tova to all of our friends and neighbors celebrating Rosh Hashanah!
09/26/2022

L'Shana tova to all of our friends and neighbors celebrating Rosh Hashanah!

09/23/2022

Just a reminder that Storytime is tomorrow, Saturday, September 24 at 10:30 am. We will plan to meet on the porch and then, after stories, songs and a craft activity, we will come inside for a scavenger hunt. It is supposed to be cool tomorrow, so dress accordingly for the outdoors. If it is too chilly, we will move Storytime indoors and masking is optional. Hope to see you for lots of fun about dogs.

Bring a blanket and your family for a night of fun with crafts, refreshments for sale and a fun family movie!Hotel Trans...
09/23/2022

Bring a blanket and your family for a night of fun with crafts, refreshments for sale and a fun family movie!

Hotel Transylvania 2
Burholme Park
October 8, 2022
Crafts: 5:00 PM
Movie: 7:00 PM

Storytime is Back!  Moving to Saturdays at 10:30 am. Children of all ages invited (with their parents) to join us on the...
09/16/2022

Storytime is Back! Moving to Saturdays at 10:30 am. Children of all ages invited (with their parents) to join us on the porch next Saturday morning, September 24 at 10:30 am. for stories, songs and a craft activity. See you then.

Ryerss Museum and Library will be closed for the three day Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the holiday.
08/27/2022

Ryerss Museum and Library will be closed for the three day Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the holiday.

Lots of new picture books coming to our library: six Little Blue Truck Board Books including a Lift the Flap Halloween b...
08/19/2022

Lots of new picture books coming to our library: six Little Blue Truck Board Books including a Lift the Flap Halloween book; three new Pete the Cat books. Be the first to check them out in September.

Storytime fun today: Things that GoTake a bus or take a trainTake a boat or take a plane Take a taxi, Take a carMaybe ne...
08/19/2022

Storytime fun today: Things that Go
Take a bus or take a train
Take a boat or take a plane
Take a taxi, Take a car
Maybe near or maybe far,
Take a spaceship to the moon,
Just be sure to come back soon.
(Sung to tune:Twinkle Twinkle)

Join us for Storytime on the porch on Friday morning, August 19 at 10:30 am. We’ll be reading and singing about “Things ...
08/17/2022

Join us for Storytime on the porch on Friday morning, August 19 at 10:30 am. We’ll be reading and singing about “Things that Go,” and make one of these fun rockets. See you then.

08/13/2022

Great news! Our phone line has been restored! Ryerss Museum’s number is (215) 685-0544. Thank you for your patience!

Storytime fun on the porch. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts at the next Storytime on the porch on Friday, August ...
08/06/2022

Storytime fun on the porch. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts at the next Storytime on the porch on Friday, August 19 at 10:30 am. We’ll be talking about “Things that Go.” Bring your favorite toy car, boat, plane, etc to show us.

We hope to see you at Storytime on Friday, August 5 at 10:30 am. We’ll hopefully catch some cooler morning breezes on th...
08/03/2022

We hope to see you at Storytime on Friday, August 5 at 10:30 am. We’ll hopefully catch some cooler morning breezes on the porch and read stories about seashells and sea creatures. We’ll have an art activity, a scavenger hunt, and share a fishy snack. Please join us.

Ryerss Museum and Library is listed among Philly’s museums that are worth the trip!
07/09/2022
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It was nice to see old and new friends today and it was lovely on the porch. Plan to join us this summer for Storytime o...
06/24/2022

It was nice to see old and new friends today and it was lovely on the porch. Plan to join us this summer for Storytime on the Porch on Fridays, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19. Hope to see you then.

Did you know the Ryerss were staunch Abolitionists? There is a story that the Ryerss mansion was a stop on the Undergrou...
06/19/2022

Did you know the Ryerss were staunch Abolitionists? There is a story that the Ryerss mansion was a stop on the Underground Railroad. They would have agreed with civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, who said "Nobody is free until everybody is free."
Today is Juneteenth, the day that celebrates the day that enslaved people in Texas finally found out that they were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in the Confederacy on January 1, 1863, enslaved people in Texas didn't find out until June 19, 1865.
A great book to teach children about Juneteenth is "All Different Now : Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom" by Angela Johnson. It tells the story of the first Juneteenth through the eyes of a young girl, showing the reactions of people learning the joyous new that they are finally free. Come down to Ryerss Library to find this book and others on African American history.

Happy Father's Day to Joseph Waln Ryerss, Robert's father and builder of our beloved Ryerss Museum and Library!
06/19/2022

Happy Father's Day to Joseph Waln Ryerss, Robert's father and builder of our beloved Ryerss Museum and Library!

Hope to see you next Friday for Storytime on the porch. Bring a lunch and blanket. We’ll have stories, songs and water i...
06/18/2022

Hope to see you next Friday for Storytime on the porch. Bring a lunch and blanket. We’ll have stories, songs and water ice. See you then.

Are you watching Queen Elizabeth’s 70 th Jubilee celebration?  Mrs. Ryerss brought home from England a Cup and Saucer an...
06/04/2022

Are you watching Queen Elizabeth’s 70 th Jubilee celebration? Mrs. Ryerss brought home from England a Cup and Saucer and a Dessert Plate commemorating the celebration of Queen Victoria’s 60 year reign in 1897!

We had a great time Wednesday night at the museum with the Northeast Philadelphia History Network! We gave a tour of the...
06/03/2022

We had a great time Wednesday night at the museum with the Northeast Philadelphia History Network! We gave a tour of the outside highlighting the mansion's architecture and landscape and then went inside to tour where we discussed the family's history and collections. Thank you to Jack McCarthy and Fred Moore for helping our staff set up this event!

Storytime is back!  Join us for a Storytime reunion on Friday, June 24 at 11 amon the front porch of Ryerss for stories,...
05/28/2022

Storytime is back! Join us for a Storytime reunion on

Friday, June 24 at 11 am

on the front porch of Ryerss for stories, songs and fun. Pack a picnic lunch for your family - we'll provide the water ice!

Regular storytime will be starting soon - watch this space for more information when it's available!

Please e-mail [email protected] to let us know you're coming and we hope to see all of our friends soon!

Ryerss Museum thanks it’s volunteers who take time out of their day to tend to our flowers! And also to our volunteer Sh...
05/21/2022

Ryerss Museum thanks it’s volunteers who take time out of their day to tend to our flowers! And also to our volunteer Sheen for the beautiful pictures!💐🌸🌺

05/13/2022

Ryerss Museum and Library will be closed Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14 due to staff illness. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Representing Ryerss at the Northeast History Fair at Cannstatters
04/30/2022

Representing Ryerss at the Northeast History Fair at Cannstatters

🎉New children's books at Ryerss! 🎉Come into the library to check out our new picture books:Eyes That Kiss in the Corners...
04/29/2022

🎉New children's books at Ryerss! 🎉

Come into the library to check out our new picture books:

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
Mina by Matthew Forsythe
Watercress by Andrea Wang (2022 Caldecott Award winner!)
Amos McGee Misses the Bus by Philip C. Stead
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Address

7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park
Philadelphia, PA
19111

Opening Hours

Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Hey everybody, just like to say I miss you all and hopelly we’ll be back in a few weeks and always Think about you all

From Sheen
-Volunteer of Ryers of Museum-
Here is a video link to TRACKS THROUGH OUR LIVES My book on Urban Folklore Stories told on the Philly El Trains.

Hey Everybody, I just like to say I'm glad to be part of Ryers Museum & Library as a Volunteer and to be a Friend/Buddy to all of the Families that I Love seeing all the time and getting to know them alot (and giving the Best Hugs), there a like a Family to me and always have them in my heart including the people that I see all the time as well and if anybody needs anything you can always let me know I can also Entertain you all 😃

God Bless Everybody

for the Families:🎵 I Like you, I Like you, I Like you just the way you are🎵
Hi, folks! We're interested in attending the Pysanky workshop on Saturday, but the Eventbrite site states that the event is "unavailable." Any other way we can get tickets?
had a great time on wed. with my granddaughter ... she had so much fun. She loved the craft (the super hero wrist band). thank you !!
Meet Me Under the Stars!

Join us for a free outdoor movie, under the stars, at:

Grace Community Bible Church
648 Knorr St.
Phila, Pa. 19111

(Oxford and Knorr Streets)

Bring your blankets and chairs and join us on the lawn at the corner of

If it rains, we will watch the movie inside.

Join us at 8:30 pm, Friday night, June 22nd

This month’s movie is: HOME

For more information about the movie night contact Leonard at 267-285-7775 or for general information visit our website at www.gracecbc.net
Mrs. Robert Ryerss at Burholme.
Just wanted to share with you all that this Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. St. William Church will host the Philadelphia Flute Quartet. There is no admission fee - a free will offering will be graciously accepted. Light refreshments to follow in the church Narthex. More information on this concert and the concert series can be found here: St. William Sunday Concert Series.

This concert series sole purpose is to bring the Arts back into the Northeast Community. We hope you will join us!
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