Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Getting Here

The Fairmount Water Works is located at:

640 Waterworks Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19130


Free two-hour parking is available along Water Works Drive.

Public Transit

Just down the hill from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Water Works is easy to reach by SEPTA bus route 38 and 32.
Other bus and rail lines stop a short walk away. Visit or Google Transit to map your route.

The seasonal Philly PHLASH service also provides a quick and convenient connection between the FWW / Art Museum area and other Philadelphia attractions
Stop 11 is served by both the PHLASH Downtown Loop and the Zoo & Please Touch Museum Loop


General admission is free. Donations are welcome and can be made online or in person.

Groups and Tours

Recommended donations for groups and tours are as follows:

Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance. Call 215‑685‑0723 to schedule a visit.


The Fairmount Water Works currently does not have elevator access, due to flooding from Hurricane Ida. We are working hard to restore service as soon as possible. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Explore our Exhibits

Interior map of the Fairmount Water Works public areas with exhibit areas marked

Check these out!

Engine House Theater

Watch a movie about the history of Philadelphia and the role that the Water Works played.

Know Your Watershed

Jonval Turbine

See parts of the original turbine – over 9 feet in diameter – that have been here since 1851!

Downloadable Guides

Visitor Guide (with map) Self-Guided Tour of the Water Works Campus Visita Autoguiada (en Español)


Explore the natural beauty of our region, discover the fascinating history of water systems and the growth of our city, and learn about water treatment and Philadelphia’s water and sewer systems with one of our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides! The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center offers on-site and off-site tours that explore Philadelphia’s waterways […]

A shield-shaped badge with The Mussel Hatchery written large across the middle. The top says FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS in small text, and there is a simple stylized illustration of three mussels at the bottom, resting in the point of the shield.

Freshwater Mussel Hatchery

Experience a living science laboratory in action, get a behind-the-scenes look at the life and times of a freshwater mussel, and enjoy a unique view of the ever-changing Schuylkill River habitat.

simple illustration of the Hydraulica installation

Art on the Circuit: “Hydraulica”

“Hydraulica” has “popped up” in front of the Independence Seaport Museum! This public art installation was developed in partnership with Fairmount Water Works to help visitors experience and connect to the river and our watershed.