compassTHE GERMANTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY is an educational and research center dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the original German Township in northwest Philadelphia. Encompassing the contemporary neighborhoods of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill and the Wissahickon Valley, greater Germantown is a dynamic and diverse community.

The Society houses a unique collection of artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps, and images documenting Germantown’s many stories. Community residents, neighborhood and family historians, scholars, and the curious of all ages are invited to share and experience this history by visiting our museum exhibitions, exploring the resources in the Pat Henning Library and Archives, and participating in our programs and classes.

Funding for Germantown Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Germantown Historical Society

5501 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Map and Directions

Programs and Events

phone: 215.844.1683

Museum and Library Hours
Tues 9am-1pm; Thurs 1pm-5pm; Second Saturdays 12pm-4pm

Research Fee: $10.00; students $5.00
Museum: $3.00 suggested donation

Public Transportation Nearby
SEPTA 23 bus route and Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Line (Tulpehocken Station)

Germantown Historical Society