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Historic Houses

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers school programs at the historic houses of Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant, providing students with a first-hand glimpse at life in the 18th century. Both houses are located in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. All lessons are 1 ½ hours.


Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove

Early American Family Life at Cedar Grove
What was it like for children growing up in early America? Explore Cedar Grove, the summer residence for five generations of the Coates, Paschall and Morris families, and examine its extraordinary collection of historic artifacts. Students will gain an exciting historical perspective as they learn about food preparation in a colonial kitchen, dress in period attire, explore Quaker lifestyle, play a children’s game popular in the 1800s, and try their hand at embroidery.


Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant

Colonial Life at Mount Pleasant
Commerce. Slavery. Yellow fever. Revolution. Discover how Mount Pleasant, the grand country retreat and plantation of Captain John Macpherson, tells a captivating story of colonial life in Pennsylvania. Students will experience the excitement of history in action as they write with a quill pen and ink, prepare mustard in a colonial kitchen, set the table for dinner with John Adams, measure an acre of land, and learn about and discuss topics including enslavement at Mount Pleasant and threats from yellow fever and other epidemics. Primary documents are presented throughout the program for students to observe and interpret.

Book them both

Immerse your students in a full day of colonial and early American history by visiting both houses and save $1 per student.

Appointments may be made by phone at 215-684-7333 Monday through Friday, or send your visit request online >>



For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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