The Main Line region is home to a vast array of museums, galleries, community arts centers, theater companies, performance venues and historical sites. Bring a Main Line visitor for a day trip and see all the region has to offer.
See how chips and other snacks are made and learn the history of one of the region’s most iconic and successful food empires. Visit herrs.com
The recently expanded center boasts an 18,000-square-foot facility with the artistic works of John James Audubon. The property also has trails and kids’ exhibits. Visit johnjames.audubon.org
BMFI opened in 1926 as the Seville Theater. Nearly a century later, it’s been added to the National Register of Historic Places and boasts four theaters, classroom space and a cafe. The lineup includes a mix of current films, older favorites and special screening events. Visit brynmawrfilm.org
William Lightfoot Price created a historic artists’ haven in the tiny hamlet of Rose Valley. This museum celebrates its unique architecture and Price’s unique colony. Open weekends and by appointment. Visit rosevalleymuseum.org
3 S. Roberts Road, Bryn Mawr, (610) 304-4074, 3robertsgallery.com
A relative newcomer, 3 Roberts has a bright, airy space and features new artists on a rotating basis.
3719 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 291-0768, admgalleryandstudio.com
Venezuelan artist Ana Delia McCormack showcases her work along with pieces by other artists.
100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-4501, averygalleries.com
Avery features a range of paintings in various disciplines, from the Hudson River School to Impressionism to Modernism.
1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (484) 776-5174, barbaramoorefineart.com
Located in the Chadds Ford Barn Shops, Barbara Moore’s cozy gallery features the work of dozens of artists.
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org
A renovated 19th-century mill houses works from the renowned Wyeth family, along with visiting exhibitions.
12 S. Church St., West Chester, (215) 989-1449, churchstreetgallerywc.com
This gallery highlights the works of area artists, hosting opening receptions for new exhibitions. Dogs are welcome.
414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, (610) 566-1713, communityartscenter.org
A beautiful 1889 estate owned by Henry P. Dixon has been converted into a family-friendly arts center. It offers classes for children and adults, plus a wealth of art exhibits throughout.
207 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 628-2086, communityartsphoenixville.org
Classes range from painting to photography, with sessions for both kids and adults. The gallery also features works in different mediums.
1604 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 644-4949, www.devonfineartllc.com
Contemporary and modern works on display and available for purchase.
222 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 608-6636, gallery222malvern.com
Gallery 222 has become a popular spot, thanks to its mixed-use space and open garden and patio.
1352 Paoli Pike, West Chester, (610) 696-1862, hlchalfant.com
HL Chalfant is known for its American furniture, decorative accessories and fine art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, along with ceramics, metals and textiles.
Parish Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 328-8000, swarthmore.edu
Swarthmore College’s List Gallery typically mounts four exhibitions a year, featuring work from alums and distinguished and emerging artists.
746 Panmure Road, Haverford, (610) 525-0272, mainlineart.org
MLAC hosts year-round exhibits, plus a range of classes, events and camps for adults and children. The center also has robust programs for those with special needs.
419 Green Lane, Manayunk, mrartcenter.org
Founded in 1953, the center mounts all types of exhibitions, from juried shows to pop-ups.
9 Summit Grove Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 642-1661, mccleesgalleries.com
McClees Galleries’ roots date back to the 1800s. Its specialty is 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings.
385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 645-9945, merrittgallery.com
Merritt’s eclectic inventory includes sculpture, photography, paintings and more.
1515 West Chester Pike, West Chester, (610) 995-2047, santoleri.com
Award-winning Chester County artist Nicholas Santoleri showcases his work by appointment.
601 E. Main St., Collegeville, (610) 409-3500, ursinus.edu
Ursinus College’s Berman Museum of Art features a range of exhibits, including student work.
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-3553, wayneart.org
The first art center on the Main Line, WAC debuted in 1930. Today, the center features local and regional artists, along with marquee exhibits and events like CraftForms and its Plein Air Festival.
9201 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org
Located in charming Chestnut Hill on the outskirts of the city, Woodmere offers outdoor sculptures and rotating exhibits, along with lectures and many other programs.
118 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 971-2628, 118northwayne.com
A relative newcomer to the Main Line’s live music scene, this intimate venue features a range of local, regional and national acts.
56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, (215) 654-0200, act2.org
Comedy is king at Act II, its dynamic lineup a mix of borrowed and original work. Other offerings include standup comedy nights, kid-friendly shows and the occasional music act.
109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 225-2442, reelcinemaspa.com
Debuting in 1928, the Anthony Wayne remains an iconic visual presence on the Main Line, thanks to its stunning Art Deco exterior and old-school marquee. Today, the theater screens indie films and major Hollywood releases.
23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-8389, ardmoremusic.com
This newly renovated venue has become the region’s go-to spot for consistently great musical talent, ranging from beloved singer/songwriters and jam bands to established national acts. Cool events like its Funky Brunch enhance the community vibe.
824 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org
BMFI opened in 1926 as the Seville Theater. Nearly a century later, it’s been added to the National Register of Historic Places and boasts four theaters, classroom space and a cafe. The lineup includes a mix of current films, older favorites and special screening events.
204 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, (484) 427-4547, burlapandbean.com
On select nights, this gem of a coffee shop becomes a listening room, showcasing local, regional and national talent.
522 W. Magnolia Ave., Aldan, (610) 622-5773, colonialplayhouse.net
A charming theater offering popular Broadway shows and more.
227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com
58 Main Ave., Berwyn, (610) 296-9245, footlighterstheater.com
Founded in 1929 and relocated to Berwyn in 1973, this nonprofit offers classic live theater performances.
64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, (610) 565-4211, hedgerowtheatre.org
There isn’t a bad seat in the house at this historic venue. It’s among the only US theaters to host a residency program in a range of disciplines.
102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, (484) 732-8295, kennettflash.org
A nonprofit performing arts organization that operates an all-ages, cafe-style listening room showcasing national, regional and local music, comedy, and more.
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, (215) 572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com
This refurbished 1920s-era venue hosts national live music acts, comedians, children’s programming and more.
104 E. State St., Media, (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org
A cultural centerpiece of Media’s downtown, Media Theatre offers professional versions of Broadway classics, children’s programs, acting classes, and summer camps.
39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org
People’s Light is consistently known for its topnotch work, from solo performances to more topical fare.
614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 328-4271, pcstheater.org
Experience seven main-stage shows at this 300-seat venue, plus a slew of more offbeat productions in its black-box space.
1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, saltpa.com
Look for quality year-round productions of all types at SALT, from cutting-edge musicals to family favorites.
129 Park Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 328-1079, spotlighttheatrepa.org
Now in its 79th season, Spotlight performs fun musicals, whimsical plays and thought-provoking shows at Swarthmore United Methodist Church.
203 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-8425, steelcitycoffeehouse.com
Steel City hosts everything from open-mic nights to local singer/songwriters.
69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby, (610) 352-2887, venue.thetowerphilly.com
Named one of the 10 best live music venues in the United States by Rolling Stone, the Tower is a favorite of big-name acts.
226 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 356-2787, uptownwestchester.org
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance has transformed this former armory into an impressive home for live performance, film and education.
1220 American Blvd., West Chester, (610) 436-9600, americanhelicopter.museum
1 American Treasure Way, Oaks, (866) 970-8687, americantreasuretour.com
An offbeat popular culture museum full of nostalgia, oddities, curiosities, colors and sounds.
825 Sconnelltown Road, West Chester, (610) 738-7081, antiqueicetoolmuseum.org
Explore the history of the ice industry through tools, vehicles and other artifacts.
21 Oakland Road, West Chester, (610) 399-0913, brintonfamily.org
Open for tours May-October, the structure was built in 1704 by Pennsylvania Quakers and is one of the oldest restored homes in the country.
15 Race St., Upland, (610) 874-5665, calebpuseyhouse.com
An English vernacular house dating back to 1683 and restored in the 1960s. Original proprietor Caleb Pusey created nearby Chester Mills with William Penn. The house is open for tours by appointment only on Saturdays May–October.
1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7376, chaddsfordhistory.org
Explore life in Chadds Ford in the 18th century and beyond. The society offers a lecture series, a themed escape room and events.
225 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 692-4800, chestercohistorical.org
Guests can explore Chester County’s rich history via exhibits, garments, flags and more.
3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, (610) 566-1725, colonialplantation.org
Tucked away in Ridley Creek State Park, this 112-acre plantation offer a glimpse of life in the late 1700s, complete with period attire and demonstrations. The plantation is open from late March through late November.
11 Veterans Square, Media, (610) 566-5126, delcoscience.org
Explore the natural world through fossils, shells, animal specimens and more. October–May, the institute also offers a free lecture series.
113 W. Beechtree Lane, Wayne, (610) 688-2668, radnorhistory.org
In the former home of Captain John Pugh, who fought in the Revolutionary War, the kitchen dates back to 1789 and much of the rest to the 1800s. Open Tuesday–Saturday and by appointment.
500 Harriton Road, Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-0201, harritonhouse.org
Dating back to 1704, this stone home encompasses over 300 years of local history. Visit the grounds anytime, or take a pre-booked guided tour of the house Wednesday–Saturday.
1682 Karakung Drive, Havertown, (484) 452-3382, averfordhistoricalsociety.org
Discover Haverford’s history at the Lawrence Cabin, Nitre Hall and Federal School, which date back to the 1700s and 1800s.
201 W. Main St., Trappe, (610) 489-7560, trappehistoricalsociety.org
The former home of the Lutheran minister dates back to about 1755 and is furnished to reflect life in 1787.
271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, (800) 284-7488, herrs.com
7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, (215) 641-2687, highlandshistorical.org
Dating back to the late 1700s, the Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden sit on 44 acres. Pre-booked tours offered Tuesday–Friday.
143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown, thegrangeestate.org
Located above Cobbs Creek, this historic 10-acre property embodies over 300 years of local history dating back to 1682. Explore the carriage house, springhouses, barn and more. Pre-booked tours offered Saturday and Sunday April–October. Holiday tours November–January.
1654 DeKalb St., Norristown, (610) 272-0297, hsmcpa.org
A research library, displays and events spotlight Montgomery County’s heritage.
204 Church St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-7646, hspa-pa.org
The museum offers genealogy information, along with photographs, yearbooks, and over 300 pieces of Etruscan Majolica and other artifacts.
553 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, (215) 646-1595, historichopelodge.org
Quaker Samuel Morris—a farmer, miller and iron master—started building the Georgian-style Hope Lodge in 1743. It was also a Revolutionary War encampment.
1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, (610) 666-5593, johnjames.audubon.org
50 S. 1st Ave., Coatesville, (610) 384-9282, steelmuseum.org
Once known as the Steel City, Coatesville had a long relationship with iron and steel thanks to the Lukens family. This museum celebrates that history through interpretative exhibits and educational programs and much more.
2 Paper Mill Road, Newtown Square, (610) 975-0290, historicnewtownsquare.org
Get a look at an 1850s general store, alongside local history. Open Saturday in July and August.
12 E. State St., Media, (610) 566-0788, paveteransmuseum.org
The museum honors veterans through educational programs and exhibits.
5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, montcopa.org
Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker’s antiques collection is on display at this mansion, offering a glimpse into his political life and life in general in the early 1900s.
1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, (800) 600-9900, qvc.com
41 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, (484) 444-2961, rosevalleymuseum.org
1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6545, sandersonmuseum.org
Christian Carmack Sanderson was born in 1882 and went on to become a prolific collector of American artifacts. More than 200 years’ worth can be seen at this museum, including sketches and paintings from the renowned Wyeth family. Open Saturdays and Sundays March-November; advanced reservations required.
301 Iven Ave., Wayne, (610) 909-4919, mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com
Located in the Radnor Township Municipal Building, this museum celebrates Delaware County’s Emlyn Tunnell and many other exceptional athletes from the region. Open Monday-Friday.
469 Lawrence Road, Broomall, (610) 353-3644, thomasmasseyhouse.org
Thomas Massey came to the colonies as an indentured servant, eventually earning his freedom and becoming a landowner. His 1600s-era home is a testament to his perseverance. It’s also one of the oldest English Quaker homes in Pennsylvania. Open Sundays May–October.
Marvine and Mansion Avenues, Drexel Hill, (610) 924-0222, udhistory.com
This society works to preserve Upper Darby’s history, including Colleen Brook Farm, which is available for tours by appointment.
1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, (610) 783-1099, valleyforge.org
2049 Waynesborough Road, Paoli, (610) 647-1779, historicwaynesborough.org
Revolutionary War Gen. Anthony Wayne’s homestead is now a registered National Historic Landmark. Open select days spring-fall.
1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, (610) 644-5822, whartonesherickmuseum.org
1601 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, (610) 935-8001, worldofscoutingmuseum.org
Explore scouting history over the past century at this museum, which includes antique uniforms, badges and awards, historic photographs, and more. Archive open Monday–Friday.