Telling the Story of Philadelphia's Arts and Artists     

October 24, 2017 - July 16, 2018
Between Terminals C and D

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Located in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill area, Woodmere Art Museum was founded by Philadelphian Charles Knox Smith (1845-1916)—a business man, civic leader, and  collector of American and European art of the 19th century.

In 1898, Smith purchased Woodmere, a 19th century mansion on 6-acres, to showcase his extensive collection that included paintings, statuary, vases, and rugs. He transformed the mansion and its wooded estate into a public museum that fulfilled his vision “to provide spiritual encounters with art in the context of nature’s beauty.” It was important to Smith to share his collection publicly as he stated, “for the free use, benefit, and enlightenment…of the community in which I have lived.”

To this day, Woodmere Art Museum continues to honor its founding principles by telling the story of Philadelphia’s arts and artists. With more than 6,000 works of art in the collection, there are 9 galleries along with a youth art gallery, and a sculpture garden that feature rotating and permanent exhibitions. Woodmere also offers a wide variety of educational programming from art classes, lectures, gallery talks, and tours to events that include a jazz and classical music series, movies, and family happenings like storytelling, artmaking, and the popular straw maze.

Woodmere is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated “a significant structure that contributes to the historic character of the Chestnut Hill Historic District”—a fitting legacy of its founder’s vision for the community.