Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd Glen Foerd is an historic riverfront estate and museum. For hours of operation please visit our website www.glenfoerd.org. Glen Foerd on the Delaware is the last remaining Delaware River estate open to the public in the City of Philadelphia.
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Established circa 1850, the Gilded Age mansion’s wealthy owners and hardworking servants’ stories chronicle the history of America as an emerging industrial power. The estate's grounds are free to the public and open everyday from dawn to dusk. Glen Foerd is a Fairmount Park property operated by the Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Established circa 1850, the Gilded Age mansion’s wealthy owners and hardworking servants’ stories chronicle the history of America as an emerging industrial power. The estate's grounds are free to the public and open everyday from dawn to dusk. Glen Foerd is a Fairmount Park property operated by the Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Mission: Glen Foerd on the Delaware preserves and enhances the historic Glen Foerd estate for our community and offers experiences that foster creativity, innovation and an appreciation of the natural world.

Operating as usual

Who else has been watching #Bridgerton? Believe it or not, Glen Foerd has a portrait of one of the show's historical fig...
01/06/2021

Who else has been watching #Bridgerton? Believe it or not, Glen Foerd has a portrait of one of the show's historical figures, Queen Charlotte, painted by the studio of Sir Allan Ramsay. The portrait was purchased by Robert and Caroline Foerderer in 1899 and is one of the original copies done by Ramsay's studio in the 1700s.

Ramsay wrote in 1766: ‘I painted, from the life, a whole length picture of him [King George III] for Hanover, a profile for the coinage, and another whole length which after the Coronation, I, by his Majesties orders dressed in Coronation robes. Soon after her Majesty’s arrival, she likewise did me the honour to sit to me; and these two pictures in coronation robes are the originals from which all the copies ordered by the Lord Chamberlain are painted.’

In all, over 150 copies of the Queen's portrait were produced due to their popularity.

#QueenCharlotte #Bridgerton #glenfoerd

Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!📷 @colinburke215
12/25/2020

Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!

📷 @colinburke215

Check out the awesome upcycled ornaments that were submitted for our 1st Annual Holiday Ornament Competition!  Our winne...
12/22/2020

Check out the awesome upcycled ornaments that were submitted for our 1st Annual Holiday Ornament Competition! Our winners are...Most Festive (12 and under): Gabriella; Most Creative (12 and under): Anabella; Funniest (12 and under): Miles; Funniest (13 and up): Ava; and Most Creative (13 and up): Holly.

A big thank you to everyone that participated in this year's event! Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Join us TOMORROW, December 16, at 6:00pm ET for a free online lecture by Dr. Tiffany Momon and Dr. Torren Gatson. Drs. M...
12/15/2020

Join us TOMORROW, December 16, at 6:00pm ET for a free online lecture by Dr. Tiffany Momon and Dr. Torren Gatson. Drs. Momon and Gatson are the co-Directors of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive, an important organization that is rapidly changing the study of material culture.

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/2020/12/16/bcda

It's not too late to join in on our Holiday Ornament Competition!  The rules are simple.  Build a holiday ornaments out ...
12/12/2020

It's not too late to join in on our Holiday Ornament Competition! The rules are simple. Build a holiday ornaments out of upcycled materials in your very own home and/or backyard and send us a picture by December 15th!

We will be showcasing all submissions and announcing the winners on Facebook, December 21st at 7pm! Categories are Most Creative, Most Festive, and Funniest.

For more information and details on submission, please visit our Facebook Events Page. We are so excited to see your creativity and submissions!! Happy Holidays from all of us here at Glen Foerd!

Happy holidays! While the museum is closed through January, you can still stop by Glen Foerd for a stroll from dawn to d...
12/09/2020

Happy holidays! While the museum is closed through January, you can still stop by Glen Foerd for a stroll from dawn to dusk. Our tree is up... come check it out!

Join us Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm ET for an online conversation with  Dr. Tiffany Momon and Dr. Torren Gatson of ...
12/04/2020

Join us Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm ET for an online conversation with Dr. Tiffany Momon and Dr. Torren Gatson of Black Craftspeople Digital Archive @blackcraftspeopleda. Glen Foerd is thrilled to host this virtual event featuring two scholars that are changing the field of material culture studies today, bringing long overdue attention to Black craftspeople whose work has been under-recognized by museums and decorative arts communities.⠀

This conversation is free, and will be held on Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/2020/12/16/bcda

On this #GivingTuesday, we encourage you to support public parks and museums by making a gift to Glen Foerd. This year h...
12/01/2020

On this #GivingTuesday, we encourage you to support public parks and museums by making a gift to Glen Foerd. This year has been a challenging one, yet even as we close our doors to the museum once again due to the pandemic, we are continuously reminded of the power of community, open space, and education.⠀

As we look to next year, we are thrilled to be launching a public boating program that will allow visitors from all over the region to access the scenic Delaware River. Today we are asking you to support this effort and our ongoing educational initiatives—rooted in the arts, history, architecture, and the environment—by making a donation using the link below. If you are unable to give this year, please consider sharing this post. Thank you for your support!⠀

https://www.glenfoerd.org/donate

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Glen Foerd! Hope you have a safe holiday. 🦃 🍁
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Glen Foerd! Hope you have a safe holiday. 🦃 🍁

Action is needed to keep the #LightsON for Philadelphia’s arts and culture ecosystem!⠀⠀Join us to inform and remind City...
11/23/2020

Action is needed to keep the #LightsON for Philadelphia’s arts and culture ecosystem!⠀

Join us to inform and remind City Council of the incredible life-changing and life-affirming social impact the arts and culture sector has for us all. USE THE LINK to contact your City Council members immediately. It's easy!⠀

https://philaculture.org/lightson-november-19

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From joyful dancing in early voting lines to the DJ at 12th and Arch, the last few weeks saw arts and culture unite our city. Arts and culture once again lifted us up, and became the ground upon which so many Philadelphians passionately stood together. And yet still the arts in Philly remains in crisis. ⠀

While no one argues with the City of Philadelphia’s desire to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, its decision to close museums and libraries and prohibit “all indoor gatherings and events involving people from more than one household” through January 1, 2021, will threaten arts and culture even more than the initial COVID-19 shutdown of the spring. ⠀

Without full understanding of the painful economic and social impact that a continuing shutdown of arts and culture will have on the Philadelphia region, we are left to brace for a winter of mandated darkness, without a single word or discussion of immediate economic relief for arts and culture.⠀

That is why @PhillyCultureUnited and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance have teamed up to create #LightsON - an action campaign to illuminate the importance and impact of arts and culture in our community.⠀

We must remind City Council of the incredible life-changing and life-affirming social impact the arts and culture sector has for us all.⠀

TAKE ACTION - LINK IN BIO TO CONTACT YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Glen Foerd will be closing the mansion to the public through the end of the year, following Philadelphia’s...
11/17/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT: Glen Foerd will be closing the mansion to the public through the end of the year, following Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 guidelines. All programs and events scheduled for 2020 will be canceled or postponed. Glen Foerd’s grounds will remain open daily during this time from dawn to dusk. Please stay tuned for online programming opportunities and more ways to stay engaged.⠀

[Image: Edward Holslag, A Gloucester Sunset, 1918. Collection of Glen Foerd.]

You deserve a break! Pop by tomorrow, Friday the 13th, from 10am-2pm to check out Glen Foerd's art collection on a FREE ...
11/12/2020

You deserve a break! Pop by tomorrow, Friday the 13th, from 10am-2pm to check out Glen Foerd's art collection on a FREE self-guided tour. We just re-hung a staff favorite--"The Madonna Lily" by Edith Emerson, partner of Violet Oakley and a former curator at @woodmereart . No advanced registration required.⠀

#EdithEmerson #VioletOakley #PhillyArtists #PhiladelphiaArtists #Curator #GlenFoerd #PhillyHistory

It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, and there's no better place to spend it than at Glen Foerd! Join us for a kite-maki...
11/05/2020

It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, and there's no better place to spend it than at Glen Foerd! Join us for a kite-making workshop held by Suzanne Seesman, a Philadelphia-based artist.

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/kitemakingoctober

(Image: Violet Oakley)

Last week we had the privilege of having over 80 works of art from Glen Foerd’s collection photographed! Many of these h...
11/02/2020

Last week we had the privilege of having over 80 works of art from Glen Foerd’s collection photographed! Many of these have never been on display. Stay tuned as we share a few of our favorites AND release two online exhibitions in the coming months!

LAST CHANCE to sign up for our Thanksgiving Clay Platter Workshop, facilitated by @theclaystudiophl on Sunday, November ...
10/29/2020

LAST CHANCE to sign up for our Thanksgiving Clay Platter Workshop, facilitated by @theclaystudiophl on Sunday, November 1 at 10am. Your one of a kind clay platter will be ready to use on your table this holiday season! Link in bio to register.

We’re so excited to have our friends at @freelibrary on site this Friday, October 30, during our open viewing hours! Get...
10/29/2020

We’re so excited to have our friends at @freelibrary on site this Friday, October 30, during our open viewing hours! Get ready for Halloween with some spooky stories from 10:30-11:30AM at Glen Foerd 🎃 Great for children PreK and older. If you want to get in the mood, check out @torresdaleflp’s virtual haunted house with lots of fun crafts and surprises. Check their profile for details 👻

The house will be open from 10AM-2PM on Friday to all who want to visit, so come on over! We have extra PPE on site if you need a 😷

Glen Foerd is ready for fall! 🍁 Stop by on Fridays from 10am-2pm for a free self guided tour of the mansion, and check o...
10/22/2020

Glen Foerd is ready for fall! 🍁 Stop by on Fridays from 10am-2pm for a free self guided tour of the mansion, and check out the changing autumn colors in our 18-acre park while you’re here!

Thank you to our volunteer Joyce for the beautiful porch decorations! 🎃

Join us this Friday at Glen Foerd to learn more about three rare books from our incredible archive! From 1-2pm, we'll ha...
10/14/2020

Join us this Friday at Glen Foerd to learn more about three rare books from our incredible archive! From 1-2pm, we'll have works by Violet Oakley and William Blake on display, in addition to a rare folio collection of prints of Native American leaders. This free, informal "show and tell" will allow you to examine these works up close and ask questions of Glen Foerd's staff.⠀

Glen Foerd is open every Friday from 10am-2pm for self-guided tours of the mansion.

Next Saturday! Join Melissa Gyuraki, Wellness Director of @nefamilyymca as she leads us through a group run and yoga com...
10/11/2020

Next Saturday! Join Melissa Gyuraki, Wellness Director of @nefamilyymca as she leads us through a group run and yoga combination workout on Glen Foerd’s grounds and beautiful Fluehr Park🧘🏻‍♂️ Enjoy the beauty of Fall as the colors begin to change all around! All levels and paces welcome. Sign up through the link in our bio 🍂 #eventsinphilly #urbanexploration #yoga #wellness #phillyparks

Are you a fan of history, art, or architecture? Join Glen Foerd staff this Sunday to learn more about Glen Foerd's fasci...
10/06/2020

Are you a fan of history, art, or architecture? Join Glen Foerd staff this Sunday to learn more about Glen Foerd's fascinating evolution over the past 170 years. This socially distanced tour provides a great opportunity for friends and family to come together and explore!

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/outdoorguidedtour-r4tpy-twkjx-4frp4

#GlenFoerd #GuidedTour #HistoricHouseMuseum #PhillyHistory #NortheastPhiladelphia #NortheastPhilly #EventsinPhilly

This past spring, as many of us were adjusting to the new realities of life, we were heartened to see many new faces at ...
10/02/2020

This past spring, as many of us were adjusting to the new realities of life, we were heartened to see many new faces at Glen Foerd. There were families playing hide-and-go-seek, neighbors from East Torresdale and beyond, and more canine friends than we could count. Despite the pandemic, Glen Foerd has continued to serve as a site that inspires and uplifts—a public park that provides respite for local communities. Today, we’re asking you to give generously to ensure Glen Foerd remains a resource for the residents of Philadelphia and beyond. Are you able to join us by making a donation?

https://www.glenfoerd.org/donate

#GlenFoerd #HistoricPreservation #HistoricHousesPhilly #PhillyHistory #NortheastPhilly #NortheastPhiladelphia #myphillypark

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend for our first public on-water programs! 🚣‍♀️ Next summer we’ll be offering ...
09/30/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend for our first public on-water programs! 🚣‍♀️ Next summer we’ll be offering kayak tours of the beautiful Delaware River nearly every weekend! 🌊

#delawareriver #glenfoerd #boathouse #kayaking #kayakingadventures

Join acclaimed artist Suzanne Seesman in this kite making workshop! Using recycled materials from Glen Foerd, each parti...
09/29/2020

Join acclaimed artist Suzanne Seesman in this kite making workshop! Using recycled materials from Glen Foerd, each participant will create their own flyable kite. This event is hosted on October 10 at Glen Foerd.

Tickets available here: https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/kitemakingoctober

#phillyartists #kitemaking #eventsinphilly #glenfoerd

We’re open tomorrow from 10am-2pm! Stop by for this FREE self guided tour of the house.
09/25/2020

We’re open tomorrow from 10am-2pm! Stop by for this FREE self guided tour of the house.

Are you a Philadelphia-based artist? Check out our residency program! We're accepting applications through November 11, ...
09/23/2020

Are you a Philadelphia-based artist? Check out our residency program! We're accepting applications through November 11, and the selected artist will receive a $3,000 stipend for their work and material. ⠀

Past resident artists have created site-specific works related to Glen Foerd's landscape, history, and collection, and have used their work to engage the public through various events and programs. Additional information on this opportunity can be found using the link in our bio.⠀

#glenfoerd #artistresidency #artistresidencies #phillyartist #phillyart #phillyarts

09/18/2020
09/18/2020
Celebrate the week's end with a FREE self-guided tour of the Glen Foerd mansion from 10AM-2PM tomorrow. No advanced regi...
09/17/2020

Celebrate the week's end with a FREE self-guided tour of the Glen Foerd mansion from 10AM-2PM tomorrow. No advanced registration is necessary, and masks are required. We hope to see you there!⠀

#historytour #glenfoerd #myphillypark #phillyhistory #northeastphiladelphia #northeastphilly

UPDATE: We're sold out for September 26, but have added another kayak trip on Sunday, September 27, from 10:30am-12:30pm...
09/16/2020

UPDATE: We're sold out for September 26, but have added another kayak trip on Sunday, September 27, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Register here:

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/2020/9/26/kayaking-excursion-2dz29

Looking for an outdoor activity? Join us on September 26 for a 2-hour kayak trip along the Poquessing Creek and Delaware River! Led by a certified instructor, this adventure is appropriate for all skill levels. Tickets are currently being sold in pairs only.

*TOMORROW at 5PM* We're talking to Maya, Dana, and Chris of the Dox Thrash House Project-- and you're invited! Learn mor...
09/15/2020

*TOMORROW at 5PM* We're talking to Maya, Dana, and Chris of the Dox Thrash House Project-- and you're invited! Learn more about their Black Futures Campaign and next steps towards making the historic @dox.thrash house into a community center. 🌟We love this project and think you will too. Join us on Zoom -- Link in bio to register for this free discussion!⠀

#HistoricHouse #PhillyEvents #VirtualTalk #PhillyHistory #Printmaking #Philadelphia #PhiladelphiaArchitecture #DoxThrash #HistoricPreservation #Activism #CommunityArt #CommunityFutures

09/14/2020

We’re excited to announce our open call for next year’s residency program at Glen Foerd! This opportunity is open to Philadelphia-based artists who are interested in creating site-specific work related to Glen Foerd’s landscape, history, and collections.

Submissions are open from now through November 11, and the selected artist will receive a $3,000 stipend for their work and materials.

https://www.glenfoerd.org/2021-air-applicants

#glenfoerd #artistresidency #artistresidencies #phillyartist #phillyart #phillyarts

What a great day to be outside! It’s hard to beat this view.
09/12/2020

What a great day to be outside! It’s hard to beat this view.

Address

5001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA
19114

General information

We are open by appointment only January through March. From April through December our Open Hour Tours are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Open Hour Tours can be subject to change, so please consult with the museum's website or call for details. Check out our website for upcoming events and news!

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(215) 632-5330

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Glen Foerd is an 18-acre public park and historic site that serves as an important cultural resource for the local community. The organization’s most frequent and involved visitors are long-time residents of nearby neighborhoods, including seniors and families. The educational and cultural programs offered as part of Glen Foerd’s “Access & Audience” initiative amplify the organization’s important artistic and cultural assets to deepen engagement with visitors across the region and across age groups. As Northeast Philadelphia diversifies with growing populations, Glen Foerd—one of the only museums located in Northeast Philadelphia—aims to serve and connect audience members from different backgrounds while offering unique experiences with on-water activities, environmental education, horticultural experiences, history, and the arts.

The Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation was founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated neighbors who saved the site from development. Today Glen Foerd houses a robust collection of fine and decorative art objects, including paintings by Thomas Sully, Violet Oakley, Thomas Lawrence, and Joshua Reynolds, in addition to a number of site-specific contemporary works of art created through an annual artists-in-residence program. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places and qualifying as a historic arboretum, Glen Foerd leverages its important artistic and cultural assets through its educational programs. The organization is dedicated to serving as a resource for diverse community members both in the local neighborhood and beyond.

Glen Foerd serves Northeast Philadelphia through multidisciplinary arts, history, and environmental programs. Glen Foerd is also a destination for regional audiences drawn to green space, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts, serving approximately 35,000 visitors annually. Program offerings include house tours, performances, drop-in art-making programs, environmental and boating programs, as well as lectures addressing a variety of themes. Through partnerships with other Philadelphia non-profits, Glen Foerd offers highly discounted tickets to its programs for diverse audiences throughout the region.

Glen Foerd’s recent successes demonstrate the organization’s skill in facilitating opportunities to experience the estate in new and creative ways, its strength in creating executing big ideas with a small staff, and its effectiveness in building strong partnerships. Glen Foerd’s environmental education programs and contemporary artists-in-residence program both enhance visitors’ experiences and add depth to the stories the organization is able to tell as a public park and historic site.

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