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These music venues, museums and historical sites are some of the top attractions to bring friends or family in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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.

Our Picks

HERR’S SNACK FACTORY

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

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON CENTER AT MILL GROVE

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

BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE

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

ROSE VALLEY MUSEUM AT THUNDERBIRD LODGE

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

Galleries & Museums

3 Roberts Gallery

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.

ADM Gallery & Studio

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.

Avery Galleries

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.

Barbara Moore Fine Art

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.

Brandywine River Museum of Art

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.

Church Street Gallery

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.

Community Arts Center

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.

Community Arts Phoenixville

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.

Devon Fine Art

1604 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 644-4949, www.devonfineartllc.com

Contemporary and modern works on display and available for purchase.

Gallery 222

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.

HL Chalfant

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.

List Gallery

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.

Main Line Art Center

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.

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

419 Green Lane, Manayunk, mrartcenter.org

Founded in 1953, the center mounts all types of exhibitions, from juried shows to pop-ups.

McClees Galleries

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.

Merritt Gallery

385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 645-9945, merrittgallery.com

Merritt’s eclectic inventory includes sculpture, photography, paintings and more.

Nicholas Santoleri’s Artist Studio

1515 West Chester Pike, West Chester, (610) 995-2047, santoleri.com

Award-winning Chester County artist Nicholas Santoleri showcases his work by appointment.

Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

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.

Wayne Art Center

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.

Woodmere Art Museum

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.

Dance, Music & Theater

118 North

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.

Act II Playhouse

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.

Anthony Wayne Theater

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.

ardmore music hall

Ardmore Music Hall’s Chris Perella at his newly remodeled live music venue. Photo by Tessa Marie Images

Ardmore Music Hall

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.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

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.

Burlap and Bean

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.

Colonial Playhouse

522 W. Magnolia Ave., Aldan, (610) 622-5773, colonialplayhouse.net

A charming theater offering popular Broadway shows and more.

COLONIAL THEATRE Perhaps best known as the theater featured in cult classic, The Blob, the Colonial was built in 1903 as an opera house. Today, it screens box office hits and throwbacks. It also hosts concerts and special events like the annual Blobfest.

Colonial Theatre

227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com

Footlighters Theater

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.

Hedgerow Theatre

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.

Kennett Flash

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.

Keswick Theatre

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.

Media Theatre

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.

play at people's light

A production at People’s Light in Malvern. Photo by Mark Garvin

People’s Light

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.

Players Club of Swarthmore

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.

SALT Performing Arts

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.

Spotlight Theatre

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.

Steel City Coffeehouse

203 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-8425, steelcitycoffeehouse.com

Steel City hosts everything from open-mic nights to local singer/songwriters.

Tower Theater

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.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

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.

museum

AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER Learn about helicopter aviation and get an up-close look at these machines. On select days, you can even ride in one. Photo by Ed Williams

History & Attractions

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

1220 American Blvd., West Chester, (610) 436-9600, americanhelicopter.museum

American Treasure Tour Museum

1 American Treasure Way, Oaks, (866) 970-8687, americantreasuretour.com

An offbeat popular culture museum full of nostalgia, oddities, curiosities, colors and sounds.

Antique Ice Tool Museum

825 Sconnelltown Road, West Chester, (610) 738-7081, antiqueicetoolmuseum.org

Explore the history of the ice industry through tools, vehicles and other artifacts.

Brinton 1704 House

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.

Caleb Pusey House

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.

Chadds Ford Historical Society

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.

Chester County Historical Society

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.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

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.

Delaware County Institute of Science

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.

Finley House

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.

Harriton House

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.

Haverford Township Historical Society

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.

Henry Muhlenberg House

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.

Herr’s Snack Factory

271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, (800) 284-7488, herrs.com

Highlands Historical Society

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.

Historic Grange Estate

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.

Historical Society of Montgomery County

1654 DeKalb St., Norristown, (610) 272-0297, hsmcpa.org

A research library, displays and events spotlight Montgomery County’s heritage.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

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.

Hope Lodge

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.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, (610) 666-5593, johnjames.audubon.org

National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

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.

Paper Mill House Museum

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.

Pennsylvania Veterans Museum

12 E. State St., Media, (610) 566-0788, paveteransmuseum.org

The museum honors veterans through educational programs and exhibits.

Pennypacker Mills

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.

QVC

QVC STUDIO PARK Tour this state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, where you’ll see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, presented on air, and delivered to millions. You may even catch a program in progress with a favorite host or guest. Photo by Tessa Marie Images

QVC Studio Park

1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, (800) 600-9900, qvc.com

Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge

41 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, (484) 444-2961, rosevalleymuseum.org

Sanderson Museum

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.

Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum

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.

Thomas Massey House

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.

Upper Darby Historical Society

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.

george washington headquarters museum

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS Visit the place where the father of our nation planned his successful campaign during his encampment at Valley Forge. Photo courtesy of G. Widman/Visit Philadelphia

Washington’s Headquarters

1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, (610) 783-1099, valleyforge.org

Waynesborough Historic House

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.

wharton esherick museum

WHARTON ESHERICK MUSEUM Renowned American artist Wharton Esherick’s 12-acre property features his home and workshop, where he worked in sculpture, furniture and other mediums. Explore it all Tuesday-Sunday on pre-booked tours of his unique studio, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy of G. Widman/Visit Philadelphia

Wharton Esherick Museum

1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, (610) 644-5822, whartonesherickmuseum.org

World of Scouting Museum

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.

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