Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Visitor Center Exhibit

Upper Gallery
The Historic Garden: Preservation and Pleasure

Visitor Center

This exhibit includes images of the Morris Arboretum taken between 1888 and 2012. Most of the public garden's architectural features date to Compton, the private estate John and Lydia Morris established in 1887. These features contribute to the visitor experience and the cultural importance of the landscape, earning the Arboretum a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Arboretum is committed to historic preservation and stewardship of the Morris legacy. In recent decades, an ongoing restoration and preservation program, including establishing endowment funds dedicated to this purpose, has been implemented. The historic images in this exhibit are from the Morris Arboretum's archives, an important information resource for preservation activities.

The Historic Garden: Preservation and Pleasure

Lower Gallery
People, Plants & Place: The Story of Morris Arboretum

Visitor Center

This exhibit will take you on a historical journey of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, from its beginnings as a summer estate to the present day as an institution that brings people, plants, and places together.

People, Plants & Place: The Story of Morris Arboretum

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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum’s paths are clear but due to icy conditions some features may be closed.

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.

  • Guests are to wear face coverings outdoors when in a more crowded/densely populated area where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Face coverings must always be worn indoors.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, Fernery, Log Cabin and The Shop are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
Reserve Tickets

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.