Morris Arboretum

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Morris Arboretum is closed today, September 2nd, due to flooding.

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Hours and Admission
Hours and Admission Fall at Morris Arboretum

Plan Your Visit

Hours

Closed New Years Day.

Weekdays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Weekends: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Last entry: 4:00pm

Check for emergency closings and alerts.

The Garden Railway trains cannot run today, May 30th, due to the rain.


  • Seasonal Hours

    April - October: Weekdays 10am - 5pm | Weekends 9am - 5pm
    November - March: Daily 10am - 4pm

  • Holiday Closings

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

  • Garden Railway Hours

    The Garden Railway opens daily May 29 through October 11. Runs weekdays 10am - 5pm and weekends 9am - 5pm.

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

    The trains will not run on rainy days or in inclement weather.




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

Library Admission Pass: Free (Present pass for collection)

Retired Military (must have ID): $10.00
Active Military and Five Family Members (must have ID): Free
Walk In or Bike In: $10.00 (Kids $5.00)

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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Benefits All Members Receive:


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Location

100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Tree & Arboretum Etiquette

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

  • 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.
  • No climbing on or sitting in trees; no walking or standing in flower beds or other off-limits parts of the Arboretum; no climbing into fountains; and no tampering with any living thing in the Arboretum. These regulations are for the safety of both our guests and our plants.
  • Picnicking in the Arboretum 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.

Accessibility

Arrival:

Accessible parking is available in the parking lot just beyond the Widener Visitor Center. Vehicles may use the loading zone in front of the Visitor Center to unload passengers when needed. Access to the Visitor Center is barrier free.

Mobility:

The Arboretum property includes some hilly terrain. There is an ADA-approved paved walking path with less than 5% grade and benches strategically situated throughout the Arboretum, but walking some areas of the Arboretum could prove challenging.

The majority of the Arboretum, including the Out on a Limb exhibit, is accessible from the paved pathways.

Exploring:

Guided golf cart tours for people with physical disabilities are offered with limited availability, and must be scheduled in advance. Although we will try to honor every request, two week notice is recommended. Please call email baileyL@upenn.edu or 215.247.5777 X157 to make reservations.

We have two wheelchairs to lend out on a first-come, first-served basis, but it is recommended to bring whatever accommodations are needed.

Service Animals:

Service Animals that provide assistance for guests with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are welcome in all public areas of the Arboretum.


Photography in the Arboretum

While we encourage you to take pictures during your visit to the Morris Arboretum, special arrangements and fees are required for any and all photo shoots. Coming to take photos of our flowers, trees, and bees does not fall into the category, so long as our other photography policies are followed. We consider photo shoots to be an activity that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Group, engagement, prom, birthday, head shot, fashion, maternity, or couples/family portrait photography. Wedding or wedding-like photography is not permitted.
  • Photography that involves the use of equipment (including booms, lights, and reflectors).
  • Photography that involves a dedicated photographer.
  • Photography taking place outside of normal Arboretum hours.

To get a photo shoot pass, please email rentals@morrisarboretum.org rentals@morrisarboretum.org or call 215-247-5777 x158. Please review our detailed photography guidelines before your visit.


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Alerts & Updates

Advance tickets are not required to visit but are strongly encourage for first time visitors.

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.

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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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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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. 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. For AHS members, the exclusion is based on their home address. See the list of excluded gardens below.

Excluded Gardens:

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

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