Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

University of Pennsylvania

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Sculptures

Mercury

Creator: Anonymous Artist (Greco-Roman)
Material: cast bronze on marble base
Year: c. 1913
Reproduction of Greek original, 4th century BC
Purchased by John T. Morris

According to classical mythology, Mercury was the god of commerce, eloquence, travel, cunning and theft. Fleet of foot, he wore magical, winged sandals in his role as messenger to the other gods.

This bronze sculpture is an early twentieth century reproduction of an ancient original in the collection of the National Museum in Naples, Italy. Mercury is shown as an athletic young man.

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Alerts & Updates

Grist Mill Demonstration Day (Sunday, August 18th) has been cancelled due to excessive heat.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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