After a series of site evaluations and assessments of the Interpretive Center after Hurricane Ida, executive director Karen Young shares an update of the status of our Center and our newest exhibition POOL: A Social History of Segregation. Click here to read the full statement.

What’s Happening

The Interpretive Center Presents…The Floating Water Workshop

The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is proud to be the recipient of a $700,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to support final design, engineering, construction documentation, and program plans for this leading-edge project, to be situated just south of the Water Works complex, along its esplanade. The Floating Water Workshop will serve as […]


“Pool” project aims to encourage social justice dialogue in historic Kelly Pool

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center Announces 2021 Exhibition Developed by Habithéque, Inc. and Supported by The  Pew Center for Arts & Heritage After a series of site evaluations and assessments of the Interpretive Center after Hurricane Ida, executive director Karen Young shares an update of the status of our Center and our newest exhibition POOL: […]


A Tribute to Ken Hinde

Everyone associated with the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and colleague Kenneth Andrew Hinde, who passed away following a sudden illness on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at the age of 71 years old. As many of you know, Ken—a graduate of Ursinus College—was a gifted […]


It’s the bicentennial of the Manayunk Canal!

We’re commemorating the 200th anniversary of the opening of one of Philadelphia’s most influential waterways – the Manayunk Canal! Join us for a series of events that take a fascinating look at the canal’s unique history within the city! Join us Wednesday, March 13 from 6-7:30pm for the “200 Years of Water: The Manayunk Canal […]



Vote Yes for Water Cancelled

Due to low registration numbers, this program has been cancelled. No worries…future day programs will be held again in January and April. Be sure to join our mailing list or follow us on social media for more information on upcoming day programs for children in 2019!


Vote Yes for Water!

Is your child off from school on Election Day? Register him/her for a fun-filled day of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture & Math) at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center! Learn more here!


Schuylkill Acts and Impacts 2018

What is Schuylkill Acts & Impacts? Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is a week-long service-learning program that will be offered to a team of fifteen high school students from communities within the Schuylkill River Watershed (Saturday, June 16 – Saturday, June 23). This expedition will involve a physical journey (by kayak and van) along the 120-mile […]



Blog Post: Mussel Hatchery Update

A Scientist’s Perspective On The Mussel and Host-Fish Experience In the Laboratory By Lance Butler (Aquatic Scientist, Philadelphia Water Department) Most larval species of freshwater mussels (glochidia) rely on host fish to transform into juveniles and to disperse into new habitats. In many cases, this relationship is unique, because a certain species of mussel may […]