Morris Arboretum

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Tours

Tours

Regularly Scheduled Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm with a Matinee on Sundays at 11:00am April through October. • No reservations required.
Our knowledgeable guides will design a tour around the interests of the attendees. Every tour is different so come back as many times as you’d like.

Seasonally Scheduled Tours

These seasonal guided tours take the place of our regularly scheduled tours.

Self-Guided Tours

Whether you are interested in a virtual visit, or want some direction during your day with us, we encourage you to explore the Arboretum via these tours. They highlight a range of areas, from art and architecture, to history, and our plant collection.

Introductory Tour

Introductory

Learn about the Arboretum’s history and be introduced to a selection of the plants and points of interest on our grounds. This 0.8 mile long route is wheelchair and stroller friendly.


Garden Highlights Tour

Garden Highlights

This route explores most of the paved paths of the Arboretum, highlighting key trees, structures, fountains, and more along the way. Parts of the tour are hilly and depart from accessible paths. This tour is 1.25 miles long, some parts are hilly and depart from accessible paths.


Great Trees Tour

Great Trees

Wander our grounds and get to know some of the finest specimens in our collection. On this 1.36 mile trail, most trees can be seen from the accessible paths, but others are best seen up close in grassy and hilly areas. Look for signage and labels to identify trees.


Garden Areas Tour

Garden Areas

Magnificent garden displays showcase the region's best horticultural practices and plant selections while also featuring fine examples of Victorian and Asian inspired landscape architecture. Most sites on this 1.25 mile trail starting at the Rose Garden can be seen from the accessible paths, but others are along hilly or grassy areas. Some areas require use of stairs. Mileage does not include Magnolia Slope or Wetland areas near the Arboretum entrance.


Japanese Elements Tour

Japanese Elements

Explore the various Japanese gardens and elements present throughout the Arboretum. This 1.3 mile loop will take you back in time, leading you to Japanese-style garden features and remains, many of which were put in place by the Morrises in the early 1900s.


Native Tree Tour

Native Trees

Native trees are well suited to local growing conditions and support wildlife. On this 0.85 mile trail, most trees can be seen from the accessible paths, but others are best seen up close in the grassy areas. Look for signage and labels to identify trees.


Creative Expressions Tour

Creative Expressions

Experience the gardens through the perspective of artists who have interpreted the grounds through musical composition, choreography, painting, and poetry. This 1.29 mile loop starts at the trail underneath Out on a Limb and ends by the Log Cabin. Most sites can be seen from the accessible paths, but others require walking through grassy and hilly areas. Mileage does not include sites located near the Arboretum Entrance.


Architecture Tour

Architecture

Built structures help tell the stories of how the site functioned historically as a farm and later as a private estate, and now as a public garden. Most sites on this 1.26 mile loop, starting at the Visitor’s Center, can be seen from the accessible paths, but seeing Gates Hall requires walking up a grassy hill. Mileage does not include sites near the Arboretum entrance or on the Bloomfield Farm side. Note that some sites are not open to visitors.


Sculptures Tour

Sculptures

Discover our many fine examples of public art that serve to complement the landscape and the plant collection on this 1.06 mile loop. Most sculpture can be seen from the accessible paths, but the sculpture garden is grassy and hilly. The mileage does not include the two sculptures near the Arboretum entrance.


Witchhazels

Fragrant winter-blooming witchhazels offer bright blooms ranging from yellow and orange to pink and red.
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PDF Versions of Self Guided Tours

  • Great Trees Tour
  • Founding Trees Tour
  • Native Trees Tour
  • Sculpture Tour
  • Wetlands Tour
  • Family Fun Activities

Verbal Description Tours
(For visitors who are blind or partially-sighted)

60 Minutes • Reservations required, please allow for 3 weeks notice. Contact Lisa Bailey at baileyl@upenn.edu.
Experience the Arboretum’s most beloved features with our Verbal Description Tour. Trained Guides will provide an enhanced experience for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, using vivid description and tactile opportunities that convey the magnificence of the largest and rarest trees at the Arboretum, the world class sculpture, and sweeping views.


Grist Mill Demonstration Days & Tours

2020 Mill Days at Bloomfield Farm:
Sunday, June 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday, September 20, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday, October 18, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

No reservations required. Grist Mill Demonstrations are included with garden admission or $5 for Mill only admission, ages 3 & up. The grist mill is located directly across from the Arboretum’s main entrance on Northwestern Avenue.

Grist Mill Guided Tours Please fill out our Group Tour Request Form and a member of our staff will contact you to arrange a date.

The Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum has been carefully restored and made operational once again by a dedicated group of volunteers. Come visit this 19th century mill and see how corn was milled for meal and flour.

Learn more about the Grist Mill »


Group Tours

Parties of 10 or more can arrange for special tours of the Arboretum with 3 weeks’ notice. . To see the tours available, please click here. Please fill out our Group Tour Request Form and a member of our staff will contact you to arrange a date.


School Groups & Field Trips

For information on student groups, field trips, or scout tours at Morris Arboretum please visit our Education section.

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Alerts & Updates


COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu. Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact education@morrisarboretum.org.

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact members@morrisarboretum.org.

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to info@morrisarboretum.org.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

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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Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to announce that is reopening to the public on Thursday, June 18th. Members may reserve tickets starting Monday, June 15th with non-member tickets available Wednesday, June 17th. Please know that we are working to keep you as safe as we possibly can.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • One-way circulation on paths to facilitate social distancing.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Cafe are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Garden Railway, Out on a Limb, the Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Guest passes, Library passes, and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

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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