Fairmount Water Works

fairmount-water-worksHave you ever played Monopoly and landed on Water Works? If so, you landed on a Philadelphia landmark. That’s right; Water Works is named after this spot, just like many other pieces on the Monopoly board.


Why is it so special? Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia was the first public municipal water supplier in the country! First put into operation in 1815, Water Works supplied the city with clean water during a time when dumping waste into rivers was common practice in America.


Make sure to visit the Water Works exhibit as you walk thru the grounds. If your timing is good, you might even see a wedding or wedding party taking pictures at the gazebo. If you want a bite to eat, you can stop into the Water Works Restaurant and sample water from all over the world.


If you’re at the Art Museum, you can easily reach Fairmount Water Works by exiting the museum from the rear.

Visiting Info

Phone: 215-685-0723

Address: 640 Water Works Drive (Lower Level – access from Kelly Drive or behind Art Museum)

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE


Image Credit: D3 Travel Company