“POOL: A Social History of Segregation” to Open on World Water Day, March 22, 2022. Full statement here.

What’s Happening


COVID-19 Update from the Fairmount Water Works

Dear Friends, In an effort to curb the spread of COVID19, non-essential City of Philadelphia government operations are halted, and all City government buildings will be closed to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The CDC has also provided new guidance to cancel or postpone events or gathering of over 50 people for the next […]


COVID19 Alert from the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Dear Friends, We are closely monitoring the day-to-day news and events surrounding Coronavirus (COVID19). The situation is rapidly changing and so may our response. The following is where we stand as of Friday, March 13. While there are no suspected cases of the Coronavirus at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, our facility will be closed on […]


The excitement starts this month in the Freshwater Mussel Hatchery!

The cold (or not so cold) winter months have given us time to get our freshwater mussel hatchery ready for the new propagating season. Tanks and equipment are cleaned and sanitized. Equipment is built or repaired. Three brood stock tanks have been set up for the gravid female mussels (gravid means their eggs have been […]


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!