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Events and Activities

You may register for programs that take place at Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove in person at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Visitor Services desks. Or to register by phone, call 215-235-7469. A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (members $2.50, nonmembers $3). There is no service charge for reservations made in the Museum.

Mount Pleasant 250th Anniversary
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Experts discuss recent findings and restoration work on this 250-year-old masterpiece of colonial architecture. Free trolley running from Museum to Mount Pleasant starting at 12:30.

Trolley Tour - Eat and Be Merry
Tours depart from the West Entrance
Paid tickets required
Public $30; Members $24

Get a taste of food history with Walter Staib at Cedar Grove. The City Tavern chef, proprietor, and host of A Taste of History on PBS will discuss the origins of the Thanksgiving feast.

  • Sunday, November 8, 2015, Starts at 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

A Festive Tradition Trolley Tour
Paid tickets required
$38 ($30 member)

Enjoy the festive tradition of visiting the Fairmount Park historic houses at holiday time, when each takes a unique approach to yuletide adornments. Each guided trolley includes a stop in three of the six houses (Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford); the morning and afternoon tours are of different houses. Make a whole day of it to see all six!

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A Fairmount Christmas Carol
Paid tickets required
$44 ($35 members)

Board the trolley from the Museum with playful characters from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. They will guide you through Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park.

Tours start every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m.; last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact Visitor Services by phone at 215-763-8100 or by e-mail at .

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