Ryerss Museum & Library

Ryerss Museum & Library A Victorian Museum & Library. Come Experience a Victorian legacy! FREE Built in 1859 by Joseph Ryerss, the Ryerss Museum showcases a huge array of art, furniture, and other objects from around the world.

We also have a circulating library that's free and open to the public. 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 sale in the basement
2nd Saturday of Every Month, 1:00-2:30: Cr

We also have a circulating library that's free and open to the public. 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 sale in the basement
2nd Saturday of Every Month, 1:00-2:30: Cr

Operating as usual

Special Announcement for Ryerss Library Patrons!  If you have books that you borrowed from the Ryerss Library, please br...
09/17/2021

Special Announcement for Ryerss Library Patrons! If you have books that you borrowed from the Ryerss Library, please bring them back to us. We will not charge any late fee. Please drop them off in the library or our drop box located in the back of the museum. Ryerss Library books only! We do not accept books from the Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Thank you!

Special Announcement for Ryerss Library Patrons! If you have books that you borrowed from the Ryerss Library, please bring them back to us. We will not charge any late fee. Please drop them off in the library or our drop box located in the back of the museum. Ryerss Library books only! We do not accept books from the Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Thank you!

Special Announcement!  Ryerss Museum and Library will be open to the public on Friday September 17th 10am to 4 pm!  We a...
09/11/2021

Special Announcement! Ryerss Museum and Library will be open to the public on Friday September 17th 10am to 4 pm! We are so excited to welcome visitors back to the museum! We ask that you wear a mask while visiting with us. We also ask that you use the side stair way entrance when entering the building. We do not have access to the elevator at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Special Announcement! Ryerss Museum and Library will be open to the public on Friday September 17th 10am to 4 pm! We are so excited to welcome visitors back to the museum! We ask that you wear a mask while visiting with us. We also ask that you use the side stair way entrance when entering the building. We do not have access to the elevator at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Congrats Corey for moving up to Eagle Scout! And thank you for all the hours you have volunteered at Ryerss through the ...
12/18/2020

Congrats Corey for moving up to Eagle Scout! And thank you for all the hours you have volunteered at Ryerss through the years!

Here are pics for the sketch and sample for the new Ryerss sign.  Thank you Corey McQuade and all the people who donated...
11/14/2020

Here are pics for the sketch and sample for the new Ryerss sign. Thank you Corey McQuade and all the people who donated to Corey's Go Fund Me page for his Eagle Scput project. We can't wait to see the new sign!

We wanted to highlight some of the projects that Corey McQuade accomplished for his Eagle Scout project at Ryerss. Corey...
11/13/2020

We wanted to highlight some of the projects that Corey McQuade accomplished for his Eagle Scout project at Ryerss. Corey with help from friends, family, and Cheltenham Boy Scout Troop #22 painted the urn in front of Ryerss and cleared all the weeds and debris. Here are before and after pics. It looks beautiful!

Thank you to Corey McQuade and family for making Ryerss and the grounds look amazing! Corey would like to thank all thos...
11/12/2020

Thank you to Corey McQuade and family for making Ryerss and the grounds look amazing! Corey would like to thank all those that helped with him completing his Eagle Scout project. Thanks to Boy Scout Cheltenham Troop #22 members, alumni, family and friends and to everyone that donated to Corey's Go Fund Me page Thanks! I will post pics of all the wonderful projects Corey and crew worked on in future posts.

Thank you to Corey McQuade and family for making Ryerss and the grounds look amazing! Corey would like to thank all those that helped with him completing his Eagle Scout project. Thanks to Boy Scout Cheltenham Troop #22 members, alumni, family and friends and to everyone that donated to Corey's Go Fund Me page Thanks! I will post pics of all the wonderful projects Corey and crew worked on in future posts.

Some of the members of Friends of Ryerss met on the porch to discuss future events. Thank you Cheryl, Sheen, Corey, Leon...
11/11/2020

Some of the members of Friends of Ryerss met on the porch to discuss future events. Thank you Cheryl, Sheen, Corey, Leona, Kathi, Sharon, and Cathy for your dedication to Ryerss.

Some of the members of Friends of Ryerss met on the porch to discuss future events. Thank you Cheryl, Sheen, Corey, Leona, Kathi, Sharon, and Cathy for your dedication to Ryerss.

Help  Corey get to his goal! Please read about all the upgrades Corey is planning to do around the grounds of the Ryerss...
10/21/2020
Corey's Eagle Project, organized by Corey McQuade

Help Corey get to his goal! Please read about all the upgrades Corey is planning to do around the grounds of the Ryerss Museum.

My name is Corey McQuade and I am an aspiring Eagle Scout from Troop 22 in Cheltenham, Pennsylvani… Corey McQuade needs your support for Corey's Eagle Project

Please help Corey get to his goal!  Please read about all the wonderful improvements Corey is planning to do around the ...
10/12/2020
Corey's Eagle Project, organized by Corey McQuade

Please help Corey get to his goal! Please read about all the wonderful improvements Corey is planning to do around the Ryerss Museum and Library!

My name is Corey McQuade and I am an aspiring Eagle Scout from Troop 22 in Cheltenham, Pennsylvani… Corey McQuade needs your support for Corey's Eagle Project

09/08/2020

Our phones are temporarily down. In the meantime, please message us through Facebook if you need to contact the museum. Just a reminder , the Ryerss Museum and Library is still closed to the public. We look forward to seeing all of our visitors again. Thank you.

06/28/2020
Julian is a Mermaid Read-Aloud

This week's children's book is a celebration of being yourself - "Julian is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love.

When Julian sees women dressed as mermaids on the subway, he is entranced. At home, he does his best to make his own mermaid costume. But how will his abuela react?

"Julian is a Mermaid" is a beautifully illustrated book for these hot days when we would all like to imagine ourselves under the ocean. It also provides a lovely story about supporting children as they figure out who they want to be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gu7rPOI7n8

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love Check out Jessica Love's website at https://jesslove.format.com/events Get your own copy at https://www.barnesandnoble.co...

06/19/2020
All Different Now, Angela Johnson (Author)

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 eslaved people in Texas finally found out that they were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in the Confederacy on January 1, 1863, eslaved 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVTiF8MO_NM

Age Range: 5 - 9 years. Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis. Through...

06/03/2020
Animation Series: Something Happened In Our Town (#AtlantisBuild)

My plan for this week had been to share some children's book resources that can be found online. Given the events of the past week, it seems like the most appropriate online book I can recommend are "Something Happened in Our Town : a Child's Story About Racial Injustice" by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard.

"Something Happened in Our Town" follow two families - one black and one white - as they discuss a recent police shooting of a black man in their community, trying to explain it to their children. It provides child-appropriate answers to questions about these traumatic events and helps children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. I personally found it very helpful for providing a foundation for explaining current events to my eight-year-old.

Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to find a physical copy online, but an animated reading of it is available on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOhOFGcWm8

I hope this is helpful to people struggling to explain what's going on to their young children. Please stay safe.

To promote literacy and literature, Story Time is a Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center program and Atlantis School For Gifted Youngsters prod...

Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate!Today is Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan.  A great book for...
05/24/2020

Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate!

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan. A great book for today is "The Gift of Ramadan" by Rabiah York Lumbard.

Sophia really wants to fast this Ramadan, even though children are not required to fast. But fasting is super hard when you're still young and she just can't make it. What can she do?

"The Gift of Ramadan" provides a wonderful explanation for the inner meaning of Ramadan, and shows how all can partake in this joyful month, no matter their age. And just think how joyful we all will be when Ryerss can reopen and you can come see the items they purchased in Muslim countries!

Silhouettes were very popular in the 18th and 19th century, especially in Philadelphia! The Ryerss Museum and Library ha...
05/20/2020

Silhouettes were very popular in the 18th and 19th century, especially in Philadelphia! The Ryerss Museum and Library have several in our collection. For some families, a silhouette may have been the only image that they had of a loved one since getting your portrait done was so expensive.

#CollectionsHighlight Before the invention of photography, Silhouettes were a popular and inexpensive way of taking a person’s image. This silhouette of an unidentified woman is called a "blockhead". In 1802, Charles Willson Peale began making silhouettes at his Philadelphia Museum on the second floor of Independence Hall. 160 years later, this blockhead was found in a squirrels nest under the floorboards of the Long Gallery, the very room where the silhouettes were made.
PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts The African American Museum in Philadelphia The Library Company of Philadelphia

05/20/2020
Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fairmount Park Conservancy

This year's Love Your Park Week looked a little different. It had a new name – Love Your Park at Home 2020 – and a new mission: Learn about our parks, share with our communities, and take small steps to support both virtually. Here's a quick recap of all of the fun and free ways we celebrated Love Your Park @ Home.

View all of the webinars and videos here: https://loveyourpark.org/blog/love-your-park-at-home-videos

Today is the final day of Love Your Park at Home, and the theme is "Gardening and Greening." The Ryerss used to grow foo...
05/17/2020

Today is the final day of Love Your Park at Home, and the theme is "Gardening and Greening." The Ryerss used to grow food on their land, and we are certainly grateful that they left it to us so we can have green space!

One great way to celebrate gardening is with the book "Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt" by Kate Messner. This lyrical book explores what goes on in a garden throughout the year, both above ground where we can see the glorious green, and below in the dirt, where so many exciting parts of plant growth are going on unseen. This beautiful and educational book can help get the whole family excited to try some gardening of their own!

05/16/2020
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Today's theme for Love Your Park @ Home is "Wellness". Here is a video from Parks and Rec. to get you motivated! Stay safe and healthy!

Happy Saturday! We're still celebrating Love Your Park Week! Today, lace up your sneakers and join We Walk PHL Coordinators Meka Perez and Nicole Seahorn for a walk!

Today's  theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "Play".  For this theme, we would like to highlight how the commun...
05/15/2020

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "Play". For this theme, we would like to highlight how the community plays at Burholme Park and the Ryerss Museum and Library through pictures. Enjoy!

Today's theme for Love Your Park at Home event is "History in the Park".  For this theme, we would like to highlight the...
05/14/2020

Today's theme for Love Your Park at Home event is "History in the Park". For this theme, we would like to highlight the history of the Ryerss Mansion. The mansion was built in 1859 in the Italianate style for Joseph Waln Ryerss, as a summer residence. Mr. Ryerss bought 97 acres from the Jeanes family and built a mansion, barn, carriage house, and greenhouses where he raised beautiful tropical plants and flowers. He named his estate "Burholme" after the Waln ancestral home in Yorkshire, England. When Joseph passed away in 1868, he left the estate to his 2nd wife Ann Waln Ryerss and his son Robert. In 1872, they added the back parlor to the mansion and lived there year round. After Robert's step-mother passed, Robert married Mary Ann Reed. Since she was the maid at the Ryerss mansion for 20 years, this was very scandalous! Robert was sick with Bright's disease when they married, and he knew he did not have long to live. He died 9 months after the marriage. He left a will leaving the house and grounds to the City of Philadelphia to be used as a museum, library and park ".. forever free to all Philadelphians." This would happen after his wife's death, but plans changed when three years later Mary Ann married Rev. John G. Bawn. She turned the property over to the city in 1905. Mary Ann and Rev. Bawn travelled the world collecting for the museum. The Ryerss Museum and Library was opened to the public in 1910. While in China in 1916 collecting artifacts for the museum, Mary Ann passed away of influenza. Rev. Bawn brought her remains back to America and she is buried in Laurel Hill cemetery. In 1921, Rev. Bawn convinced the Fairmount Park Commission to add the two story gallery space to the back of the mansion, so they could display of the artifacts Mary Ann and the Rev. collected. We hope that you can visit the Ryerss mansion when we re-open! Stay safe and healthy and we will see you soon!

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "Art in the Park"  For this theme, we would like to highlight two p...
05/12/2020

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "Art in the Park" For this theme, we would like to highlight two pieces of art from the Ryerss collection. Edmund Darch Lewis was a native Philadelphian and a brilliant landscape painter. Mr. Lewis was also related to Robert Waln Ryerss through his maternal grandmother's (Phoebe Lewis Waln) side of the family. During the summer/fall of 1875, Mr. Lewis visited the Ryerss family at their Burholme estate (which is now known as the Ryerss Museum). While there he painted two paintings "Burholme" and a landscape painting "Autumn at Burholme". We hope that you can look at these paintings displayed in the Ryerss Museum when we re-open!

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "Park Pride".  For this theme, we would like to highlight a member ...
05/11/2020

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "Park Pride". For this theme, we would like to highlight a member of our Friends of Ryerss group. Kathi McDonough holds the office of Treasurer of the Friends of Ryerss. We would be lost without Kathi making sure we are sticking to our budget! Kathi also volunteers for all the events at Ryerss such as the Christmas Bazaar, selling food at Movies in the Park, and purchasing decorations for the museum just to name a few! We asked Kathi "Why do you volunteer at Ryerss?" Kathi commented "I've been a resident in Fox Chase since 1968 when I first discovered the Ryerss Museum and Burholme Park. After enjoying visiting this historic gem for many years I started volunteering 7 years ago. Due to the teamwork and camaraderie of volunteers, we have been able to provide a wide variety of family oriented activities for the local community including movie nights, Chinese New Year events and lectures. The museum also offers storybook times, book sales, and a Christmas Bazaar. The Friends of Ryerss also participates in the city's Love Your Park events to assist in cleaning up Burholme Park and planting flowers around the museum grounds." Thank you Kathi for all that you do for Ryerss and Burholme Park!

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "ParkPride". For this theme, we would like to highlight a member of...
05/11/2020

Today's theme for our Love Your Park @ Home event is "ParkPride". For this theme, we would like to highlight a member of our Friends Of Ryerss group. Cheryl McQuade devotes countless hours making the events at Ryerss so special! If you went to events such as Busy Builders, made a craft at Movies in the Park, or went to the paper flower making event you can thank Cheryl for making that happen among many other events! We asked Cheryl "Why do you volunteer at Ryerss?" Cheryl commented "My love of local history coupled with my love of community is what drives me to volunteer at Ryerss. I enjoy engaging with guests of all ages. It's especially rewarding to see they take delight in participating in the myriad of programs and activities at Ryerss." Thank you to Cheryl and all our volunteers at Ryerss!

In honor of Mother's Day and the Love Your Park theme of Family, I'm reposting the Children's Book of Week for Mother's ...
05/10/2020

In honor of Mother's Day and the Love Your Park theme of Family, I'm reposting the Children's Book of Week for Mother's Day from last year. Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Robert had two mothers in his life - his mother Susan, and after she died, her sister Anne became his stepmother. In honor of Robert's two mothers, this week's book is the story of two mothers in Maine - Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

One summer day, Little Sal and her mother went to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries to can for the winter. They had tin pails and as they dropped the blueberries in they made noise - kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!

On the other side of the hill, Little Bear and his mother went to eat blueberries to get nice and fat for the winter. What will happen when these two mothers and their children meet?

Ryerss will be closed on Mother's Day this year, but come in next week to check out Blueberries for Sal and Robert McCloskey's other wonderful books!

Happy Mother's Day! In honor of Mother's Day and our theme of "Family" for Love Your Park Week, we will look at Robert W...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! In honor of Mother's Day and our theme of "Family" for Love Your Park Week, we will look at Robert Waln Ryerss' mother and step-mother(who were actually sisters!) Susan Waln married Joseph Waln Ryerss (they were cousins). Soon after, Susan was pregnant with Robert and gave birth on March 8th, 1831. Sadly, she died within the year of his birth at her parents summer home Waln Grove in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. When Robert was in his teens, his father married Ann Waln, Susan's younger sister. Ann brought the love of animals to the family and opened the Ryerss Farm for Ill and Aged Equines and gave money to help start the SPCA in Philadelphia. Ann also liked to keep scrapbooks, which have been a great source of information for the staff. We hope you get to honor your mother in some way today.

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7370 Central Ave, Burholme Park
Philadelphia, PA
19111

Regional Rail: SEPTA Fox Chase line to Ryers Station. Walk west on Cottman Avenue to the traffic light, and then head north on Central Avenue. We are located in Burholme Park, just before the entrance to Fox Chase. Bus: SEPTA bus route 24 or 70 to Cottman and Central Avenue. Parking: We have ample parking next to the museum. Accessibility: Our building is accessible to mobility-impaired visitors.

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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!