Morris Arboretum

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Visitor Center Exhibit

Upper Gallery
The Historic Garden: Preservation and Pleasure

Visitor Center

This exhibit includes images of the Morris Arboretum taken between 1888 and 2012. Most of the public garden's architectural features date to Compton, the private estate John and Lydia Morris established in 1887. These features contribute to the visitor experience and the cultural importance of the landscape, earning the Arboretum a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Arboretum is committed to historic preservation and stewardship of the Morris legacy. In recent decades, an ongoing restoration and preservation program, including establishing endowment funds dedicated to this purpose, has been implemented. The historic images in this exhibit are from the Morris Arboretum's archives, an important information resource for preservation activities.


The Historic Garden: Preservation and Pleasure


Lower Gallery
People, Plants & Place: The Story of Morris Arboretum

Visitor Center

This exhibit will take you on a historical journey of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, from its beginnings as a summer estate to the present day as an institution that brings people, plants, and places together.

People, Plants & Place: The Story of Morris Arboretum

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Alerts & Updates


Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Friday, July 19th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to announce that is reopening to the public on Thursday, June 18th. Members may reserve tickets starting Monday, June 15th with non-member tickets available Wednesday, June 17th. Please know that we are working to keep you as safe as we possibly can.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • One-way circulation on paths to facilitate social distancing.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Cafe are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Garden Railway, Out on a Limb, the Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Guest passes, Library passes, and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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