Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum
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Hours and Admission
Hours and Admission

Plan Your Visit

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors Including Members

Hours

Sunday through Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Last ticketed entry time: 3:00pm
Gates close: 3:15pm
Garden Railway (Friday through Sunday only through October 11): 10:00am - 4:00pm

Check for emergency closings and alerts.

Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, Holiday Garden Railway Nights has been cancelled, the trains cannot run in the rain.


  • Holiday Closings

    Garden closed for the following holidays:
    New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

  • Seasonal Hours

    April - October: Saturday and Sunday the garden closes at 5:00pm
    May - September: Saturday and Sunday the garden opens at 8:00am
    June - August: Wednesday the garden closes at 8:00pm
    November - March: Daily 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Garden Railway Hours

    The Garden Railway opens daily the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day and then weekends only through Columbus Day. Runs daily 10am - 4pm and weekends 10am - 5pm.

    The Holiday Garden Railway opens the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. Runs daily 10am - 4pm.




Regular Admission

Members: Free
Adults: $20.00
Seniors (65+ years): $18.00
Youth (3-17 years): $10.00
Children (Under 3): Free
PennCard (must present ID): Free
Students (must present ID): $10.00
ACCESS Adults (must present ID): $2.00
ACCESS Youth (3-17 years): $2.00
ACCESS Child (Under 3): Free

Become a Member

Save time by joining online. When you purchase your membership online our admission system immediately recognizes you as a member.

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Visit FAQs

Do I need to reserve a ticket in advance, or can I just show up?

To ensure the safety of all visitors and our staff, advance tickets are required for everyone, including members. We are not able to process admissions on-site at this time. Click here to reserve your tickets now.

You may reserve a ticket at one of these times: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm.

You may arrive up to 15 minutes before or after your scheduled time. If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time, you may be asked to wait until the specified time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled time, you may be asked to wait until the next open time slot becomes available. Our front gate closes at 3:15pm as that is the last time visitors may enter the Garden. Please arrive by 3:15pm for your 3:00pm ticket time.


Do I have to wear a face mask?

Guidelines issued by the City of Philadelphia mandate that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.


Can I eat in the Arboretum?

Yes; however, the café is currently closed. We encourage you to bring your own water and snacks. Picnicking is permitted in designated areas. Water fountains are not currently available.


Are the restrooms open?

Yes. Restrooms are available and sanitized on a regular basis according to new safety guidelines. Given the size of our restrooms, we ask that their usage be limited to one household at a time, and that those visitors waiting for entry maintain safe distancing from each other.


Is everything open as usual?

Unfortunately, no. In order to maintain safe social distances and clean surfaces, some areas of the Garden have been closed to public access, including: the Visitor Center, the Log Cabin, the Fernery, and the Café.


Are special admission prices still available?

During this phased opening period, many of our special admission prices are temporarily suspended, including: free Chestnut Hill College admission, Library Admission Passes, Walk-In/Bike-In reduced admission, Student pricing, Military/Veteran pricing, and Visit Philly passes.


Discover the Value of Membership!

A membership pays for itself in just a few visits. Members can reserve tickets at no charge.

Members Get 20% Off Every 20th Through 2020!

In celebration of 2020, all Arboretum members will get 20% off their purchase in the Shop on the 20th day of every month through 2020. Year round, members continue to enjoy a 10% discount on all Shop inventory. On the 20th day of every month, though, members save even more while supporting the mission of the Morris Arboretum. Stop in on the 20th to find your next special something. (This promotion does not apply to membership or admission purchases.)

Become a Member Today!


Reciprocal Admissions Program

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admission Program (RAP) offers members of participating gardens free admission to the Morris Arboretum. A valid membership card from a participating garden must be presented. Click here for a list of participating gardens. Directories are also for sale in the Shop at the Morris Arboretum. RAP discounts do not apply to special ticketed events, such as concerts or members’ only events. PLEASE NOTE: The 90-mile exclusion policy of the RAP Program is enforced and excludes free admission to members of gardens who are within a 90-mile radius of the Morris Arboretum. Click here for a list of garden memberships not eligible for free admission.


Tree & Garden Etiquette

Morris Arboretum is proud to be a smoke free environment. In keeping with our commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe environment, the use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) is prohibited anywhere on the property. This covers all smoking methods, including but not limited to the use of electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes) and hookah smoked products.

Please note, visitors are not allowed to climb or sit on the limbs of trees. The Arboretum is home to a number of champion trees, some of which are very old. With 130,000 visitors annually, climbing becomes a safety issue for both children and the trees. We don’t want any visitors or trees to break a limb. Thank you!

We ask that you be respectful of the garden, including:

  • No climbing on or sitting in trees; no walking or standing in flower beds or other off-limits parts of the garden; no climbing into fountains; and no tampering with any living thing in the Arboretum.
  • Picnicking in the garden is ONLY allowed in the designated picnic areas. No cooking is allowed.
  • Pets (aside from service animals) are not allowed.
  • No bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, Frisbees or other game equipment.
  • Admittance outside of regular visiting hours is prohibited.

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Alerts & Updates


Member Dividend Plant Distribution!

Thursday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 30
Fernery Plaza
Advance Tickets Required for Member Dividend Plant Pick Up

Members, we are excited to share Arboretum plants with you! That's right - a free plant for being a member. New (like so many things) this year, there are two locations and two timeframes for picking-up your member dividend plant:

The plant selection will be varied throughout the distribution dates. Dividends are from the Arboretum's collection of propagated plants from our greenhouse. This is your opportunity to bring a piece of the Arboretum to your home garden or neighborhood!

Individual, Dual, Family, Beech, and Chestnut members may select one plant per membership. Holly, Oak, Laurel, and Collectors Circle member may select two plants per membership.  Reserve tickets now.

Map of the Arboretum

Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Tuesday, August 4th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to be open! We have instituted new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Café are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • 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.
  • Library passes and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.
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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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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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Excluded Gardens:

Memberships to these gardens does not include free admission to Morris Arboretum.