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Your Guide to the Main Line Area’s Museums, Theaters and More

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Our towns are home to a vast array of museums, galleries, community art centers, theater companies, performance venues and historical sites. Here’s your guide to places you can check out along the Main Line.

Every June, the Wayne Music Festival hosts top-notch regional and national acts on three outdoor stages for a day of live music and first-class food and drink. Photo by Michael Difebbo

OUR PICKS

HEDGEROW THEATRE

There isn’t a bad seat in the house at this historic venue, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It’s among the only theaters in the United States to host a residency program in a range of disciplines.

64 Rose Valley Road, Media, (610) 565-4211, hedgerowtheatre.org

WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS

Visit the place where the father of our nation recharged and reconsidered his course during his army’s encampment at Valley Forge.

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

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.

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

SANDERSON MUSEUM

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.

1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6545, sandersonmuseum.org

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

AVERY GALLERIES

Avery features a range of paintings in various disciplines, from the Hudson River School to Impressionism to Modernism.

100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-4501, averygalleries.com

BARBARA MOORE FINE ART

Located in the Chadds Ford Barn Shops, Barbara Moore’s cozy gallery features the work of dozens of artists.

1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (484) 776-5174, barbaramoorefineart.com

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM OF ART

A renovated 19th-century mill houses works from the renowned Wyeth family, along with visiting exhibitions.

1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

CHURCH STREET GALLERY

This gallery highlights the works of area artists, hosting opening receptions for new exhibitions. Dogs are welcome.

12 S Church St, West Chester, (215) 989-1449, churchstreetgallerywc.com

COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

Community Arts Center

Photo courtesy of Community Arts Center

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.

414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, (610) 566-1713, communityartscenter.org

DEVON FINE ART

Contemporary and modern works on display and available for purchase.

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

GALLERY 222

Gallery 222 has become a popular spot, thanks to its mixed-use space and open garden and patio.

222 E King St, Malvern, (610) 608-6636, gallery222malvern.com

HL CHALFANT

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.

1352 Paoli Pike, West Chester, (610) 696-1862, hlchalfant.com

LIST GALLERY

Swarthmore College’s List Gallery typically mounts four exhibitions a year, featuring work from alums and distinguished and emerging artists.

Parish Hall, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, (610) 328-8000, swarthmore.edu

MAIN LINE ART CENTER

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.

746 Panmure Road, Haverford, (610) 525-0272, mainlineart.org

MANAYUNK-ROXBOROUGH ART CENTER

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

419 Green Lane, Manayunk, mrartcenter.org

MCCLEES GALLERIES

McClees Galleries’ roots date back to the 1800s. Its specialty is 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings.

9 Summit Grove Ave, Bryn Mawr, (610) 642-1661, mccleesgalleries.com

MERRITT GALLERY

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

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

NICHOLAS SANTOLERI’S ARTIST STUDIO

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

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

PHILIP AND MURIEL BERMAN MUSEUM OF ART

Ursinus College’s Berman Museum of Art features a range of exhibits, including student work.

601 E Main St, Collegeville, (610) 409-3500, ursinus.edu

WAYNE ART CENTER

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.

413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, (610) 688-3553, wayneart.org

WOODMERE ART MUSEUM

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.

9201 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill, (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

DANCE, MUSIC & THEATER

118 NORTH

A relative newcomer to the Main Line’s live music scene, this intimate venue features a range of local, regional and national acts.

118 N Wayne Ave, Wayne, (610) 971-2628, 118northwayne.com

ACT II PLAYHOUSE

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.

56 E Butler Ave, Ambler, (215) 654-0200, act2.org

ANTHONY WAYNE THEATER

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.

109 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, (610) 225-2442, reelcinemaspa.com

ARDMORE MUSIC HALL

Ardmore Music Hall

Photo by Christopher Beikirch

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.

23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, (610) 649-8389, ardmoremusic.com

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 café. The lineup includes a mix of current films, older favorites and special screening events.

824 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org

BURLAP AND BEAN

On select nights, this gem of a coffee shop becomes a listening room, showcasing local, regional and national talent.

204 S Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, (484) 427-4547, burlapandbean.com

COLONIAL PLAYHOUSE

A charming theater offering popular Broadway shows and more.

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

COLONIAL THEATRE

Perhaps best known as the theater featured in the ’50s cult classic The Blob, the Colonial now screens films and hosts concerts and special events like the annual Blobfest.

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

FOOTLIGHTERS THEATER

Founded in 1929 and relocated to Berwyn in 1973, this nonprofit offers classic live theater performances.

58 Main Ave, Berwyn, (610) 296-9245, footlighterstheater.com

KENNETT FLASH

A nonprofit performing arts organization that operates an all-ages, café-style listening room showcasing national, regional and local music, comedy and more.

102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, (484) 732-8295, kennettflash.org

KESWICK THEATRE

This refurbished 1920s-era venue hosts national live music acts, comedians, children’s programming and more.

291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, (215) 572-7650, keswicktheatre.com

MEDIA THEATRE

A cultural centerpiece of Media’s downtown, Media Theatre offers professional versions of Broadway classics, children’s programs, acting classes and summer camps.

104 E State St, Media, (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org

PEOPLE’S LIGHT

People’s Light is known for its consistently top-notch work, from solo performances to more topical fare.

39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

PLAYERS CLUB OF SWARTHMORE

Experience seven main-stage shows at this 300-seat venue, plus a slew of more offbeat productions in its black-box space.

614 Fairview Ave, Swarthmore, (610) 328-4271, pcstheater.org

SALT PERFORMING ARTS

Look for quality year-round productions of all types at SALT, from cutting-edge musicals to family favorites.

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, saltpa.com

SPOTLIGHT THEATRE

Now in its 79th season, Spotlight performs fun musicals, whimsical plays and thought-provoking shows at Swarthmore United Methodist Church.

129 Park Ave, Swarthmore, (610) 328-1079, spotlighttheatrepa.org

STEEL CITY COFFEEHOUSE

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

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

TOWER THEATER

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.

69th and Ludlow Sts, Upper Darby, (610) 352-2887, venue.thetowerphilly.com

UPTOWN! KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance has transformed this former armory into an impressive home for live performance, film and education.

226 N High St, West Chester, (610) 356-2787, uptownwestchester.org

HISTORY & ATTRACTIONS

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.

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

AMERICAN TREASURE TOUR MUSEUM

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

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

ANTIQUE ICE TOOL MUSEUM

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

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

BRINTON 1704 HOUSE

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.

21 Oakland Road, West Chester, (610) 399-0913, brintonfamily.org

CALEB PUSEY HOUSE

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.

15 Race St, Upland, (610) 874-5665, calebpuseyhouse.com

CHADDS FORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Explore life in Chadds Ford in the 18th century and beyond. The society offers a lecture series, a themed escape room and events.

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7376, chaddsfordhistory.org

CHESTER COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

Guests can explore Chester County’s rich history via exhibits, garments, flags and more.

225 N High St, West Chester, (610) 692-4800, chestercohistorical.org

COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA PLANTATION

Tucked away in Ridley Creek State Park, this 112-acre plantation offers a glimpse of life in the late 1700s, complete with period attire and demonstrations. The plantation is open from late March through late November.

3900 N Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, (610) 566-1725, colonialplantation.org

DELAWARE COUNTY INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Explore the natural world through fossils, shells, animal specimens and more. October-May, the institute also offers a free lecture series.

11 Veterans Square, Media, (610) 566-5126, delcoscience.org

FINLEY HOUSE

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.

113 W Beechtree Lane, Wayne, (610) 688-2668, radnorhistory.org

HARRITON HOUSE

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.

500 Harriton Road, Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-0201, harritonhouse.org

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Discover Haverford’s history at the Lawrence Cabin, Nitre Hall and Federal School, which date back to the 1700s and 1800s.

1682 Karakung Drive, Havertown, (484) 452-3382, haverfordhistoricalsociety.org

HENRY MUHLENBERG HOUSE

The former home of the Lutheran minister dates back to about 1755 and is furnished to reflect life in 1787.

201 W Main St, Trappe, (610) 489-7560, trappehistoricalsociety.org

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.

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

HIGHLANDS MANSION AND GARDENS

Dating back to the late 1700s, the Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden sit on 44 acres. Pre-booked tours offered Tuesday-Friday.

7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, (215) 641-2687, highlandshistorical.org

HISTORIC GRANGE ESTATE

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.

143 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, thegrangeestate.net

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY

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

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

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE PHOENIXVILLE AREA

The museum offers genealogy information, along with photographs, yearbooks and over 300 pieces of Etruscan Majolica and other artifacts.

204 Church St, Phoenixville, (610) 935-7646, hspa-pa.org

HOPE LODGE

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.

553 S Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, (215) 646-1595, historichopelodge.org

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.

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

NATIONAL IRON AND STEEL HERITAGE MUSEUM

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.

50 S 1st Ave, Coatesville, (610) 384-9282, steelmuseum.org

PAPER MILL HOUSE MUSEUM

Get a look at an 1850s general store, alongside local history. Open Saturdays in July and August.

2 Paper Mill Road, Newtown Square, (610) 975-0290, historicnewtownsquare.org

PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS MUSEUM

The museum honors veterans through educational programs and exhibits.

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

PENNYPACKER MILLS

Governor 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.

5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, montcopa.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.

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

SPORTS LEGENDS OF DELAWARE COUNTY MUSEUM

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.

301 Iven Ave, Wayne, (610) 909-4919, mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

THOMAS MASSEY HOUSE

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.

469 Lawrence Road, Broomall, (610) 353-3644, thomasmasseyhouse.org

HISTORIC WAYNESBOROUGH

Revolutionary War Gen. Anthony Wayne’s homestead is now a registered National Historic Landmark. Open select days spring-fall.

2049 Waynesborough Road, Paoli, (610) 647-1779, historicwaynesborough.org

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.

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

WORLD OF SCOUTING MUSEUM

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.

1601 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, (610) 935-8001, worldofscoutingmuseum.org

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