Touring the Museum


Cliveden is open for walk-in tours.

Group and Student Visits: Call 215-848-1777 x 225 to schedule.


Visiting Hours: April 1 – December 29, 2017
Thursday – Sunday Open 12 Noon – 4 PM. Tours begin on the hour, last tour begins at 3 PM.
November Holiday Closings Thanksgiving Day
December & January Holiday Closings Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | New Year’s Eve | New Year’s Day
Seasonal Closings January – March
Admission Fees
Members of Cliveden Free
Members of the National Trust $5
AAA Members $5
Students $8
Adults and Seniors $10

Children 6 & under are FREE.

Group tours? Request a reservation!

Cliveden is available year round for student and adult group tours of any size. Please email us a detailed request and a Cliveden representative will respond with a customized quote for your party. Please allow at least one week for a response to your email request. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the requested tour date. Please let us know if your group has any specific areas of interests (i.e.: decorative arts, military history, African American history).

The Carriage House and 1st floor of the Museum are accessible to disabled persons.

 

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Cliveden, one of America’s most well-preserved historic sites, is located 6 miles from Center City Philadelphia in Historic Germantown. Explore what America is through the stories of Cliveden’s people: be they revolutionaries, inhabitants, or enslaved workers; Cliveden’s architecture: the 1767 building contains stellar furniture and decorative art and remains one of the nation’s best-documented and least-altered colonial houses; and Cliveden’s sense of place: located in America’s most historic neighborhood, Cliveden benefits from centuries of dedicated preservation efforts. Well-known as the scene of a Revolutionary War battle, Cliveden’s story spans four centuries of American history. The men, women, and children connected to this site provoke multiple ways to examine what being an American can mean. A day in the life of Cliveden involves both the War for Independence and the Struggle for Freedom, along with the ongoing preservation and detective work that ensure Cliveden will continue to provide meaning for future generations. Cliveden’s house and grounds tell all these stories together—the Battle of Germantown, the world of the Chew family, and struggle for human rights in America— the story of Cliveden is the story of America.

Cliveden’s Carriage House, originally built in 1767 and rebuilt after a fire in 1970, now features Emancipating Cliveden, a film showcasing the ongoing process of preserving and interpreting the history of the site. Featuring the talented voices of local celebrities, Chew family descendants, and members of the Germantown community, Emancipating Cliveden reflects how the historic house has become a community institution vital to understanding what freedom really means.

The exhibit Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? orients visitors to the history of Cliveden. The exhibition highlights the contradictions and conflicts inherent in American history, and relates these issues to life at Cliveden.