Trips & Tours

September 28 - Morris Arboretum, Woodmere Art Museum & Germantown Avenue

Thursday, September 28  - Members $136/Non-members $146

Departure 7:45 AM   Return   7:30 PM

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Morning: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Morris Arboretum dates to 1887, known as Compton, the summer home of the Morris family.   John Morris and his sister Lydia, heirs to their father's iron-manufacturing firm, traveled extensively to Asia and Europe, admiring elaborate gardens and greenhouses, accented by sculptures.  Compton was carefully adorned with the siblings' growing collection of plants and sculpture.  In 1932, after acquisition by the University of Pennsylvania, Compton was renamed Morris Arboretum, in honor if its founders.  Today, the Arboretum is recognized at the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of PA.  

Morris Arboretum

Today, one hundred thirty years since its inception, this one hundred seventy five acre campus is home to more than 12,000 labeled plants,  from 35 countries including exotics from Asia, as well as the largest "trees-of-record" native to the Delaware Valley. (By comparison, Longwood Gardens is one thousand acres.)    

Horticulturalists and botanists within the Penn community of scholars offer educational seminars and learning opportunities to the community and are committed to preservation and conservation.  

LUNCH:  Included at the Compton Cafe at Morris Arboretum.  
After our visit, we'll enjoy a "locally sourced" lunch prepared from late summer harvest. 


Afternoon:  Nearly twenty-five years after the Morris Arboretum opened, art collector Charles Knox Smith completed the restoration of a 19th-century stone mansion in Chestnut Hill and the building and grounds of the six acre estate were opened as the Woodmere Art Museum.  woodmere art museum exteriorSmith's vision was to showcase the art and artists of Philadelphia.  Smith lived in several urban neighborhoods of Philadelphia for most of his life, and after achieving success with a mining company in Mexico, began collecting pieces of the  contemporary artists of his time.  His collection grew to more than 6,000 works of art and sculpture. 

Today, Woodmere Art Museum boasts nine galleries, and offers programs and lectures to the community.  The George D. Widener Studio, in the former carriage house, hosts classes in painting and watercolor.  And the Museum provides a venue for jazz and classical music series and the screening of both classic and emerging artist films.  

Late Afternoon:  Your HDTHS host and driver will locate a "drop-off" spot for a slow ramble along the cobblestones of Germantown Avenue,  lined with chic shops, galleries, studios, and cafes... and an ATM!!  

Accessibility:  Gravel pathways, uneven terrain, bus stairs.