Nestled within the heart of Montgomery County, a hidden world of art, history and wonder awaits within the walls of its museums. Step back in time to encounter artifacts and exhibits of the past, while also hearing stories of our ancestors, explore the evolution of our community and witness the power of art and science. In this article, we will guide you through a curated selection of Montco’s most-loved museums.

2023 Happening List Winner for Museum: Historic Hope Lodge

553 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA
(215) 646-1595

Hope Lodge was built between 1743 and 1748 by Samuel Morris, a prosperous Quaker entrepreneur. Morris acted as a farmer, ship owner, miller, iron-master, shop-owner, and owner of the mill now known as Mather Mill. Hope Lodge is an excellent example of early Georgian architecture, and it is possible that Edmund Woolley, architect of Independence Hall, offered advice in building. The Hope Lodge is open for tours every Sunday, except national holidays.

More Museums in Montgomery County

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

601 E. Main Street, Collegeville, PA
(610) 409-3500

The Berman Museum of Art fosters a greater understanding of the visual arts in the learning process and society at large. The Berman’s believed “Art should be seen; sculpture should be in public places and art should be in the arena of learning such as colleges and universities.” Formally established in 1987 with founding Director Lisa Tremper, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art opened to the public in October 1989.

Peter Wentz Farmstead

2030 Shearer Rd, Lansdale, PA
(610) 584-5104

Peter Wentz Farmstead is a restored 18th century historic site and working farm, first settled by Peter and Rosana Wentz in 1744. The house, built in 1758, is a  remarkably unique example of colonial Pennsylvania German architecture and design. It is furnished throughout with period-accurate objects representing the types of items the Wentz family may have owned. Visitors to the farmstead will see the house as it would have appeared in 1777.

Morgan Log House

850 Weikel Rd, Lansdale, PA
(215) 368-2480

The Morgan Log House is a meticulously restored example of domestic architecture. The land, originally owned and farmed by Daniel Boone’s grandparents, Edward and Elizabeth Morgan, Welsh Quakers, is currently administered by the Welsh Valley Preservation Society for Towamencin Township, and exhibits many fine examples of fine antique furniture, metals, household implements and colonial period decorative arts from the early Welsh and Germanic Traditions of Pennsylvania.

Mennonite Heritage Center

565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA
(215) 256-3020

The Mennonite Heritage Center is a museum and library dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. Mennonite Christians first settled in the Delaware Valley in 1683 and have been part of Pennsylvania’s community and religious life for over 300 years. You are invited to visit the heritage center to see changing exhibits, use our historical library and take part in events, programs and workshops throughout the year.

American Treasure Tour Museum

One American Treasure Way, Oaks, PA
(866) 970-8687

The American Treasure Tour is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, just west of Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County.  We are 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, and an easy drive from other cities including Reading, Pottstown, Lancaster, and Wilmington.  Anyone with a sense of fun will love the popular culture museum.  Seniors love the nostalgia and the younger generations love the oddities, curiosities, colors & sounds – all created before the computer age.

The Stoogeum

904 Sheble Lane, Ambler, PA
(267) 468-0810

Containing close to 100,000 pieces of Stoogeabilia, the Stoogeum (rhymes with museum) offers fans a chance to view a vast array of artifacts which celebrate the legacy of this legendary comedy team. The 10,000 square-foot, 3-story building houses anything and everything Stooge. Artifacts from 1918 to the present are on exhibit, including several interactive displays. The Stoogeum also contains a research library, a 16MM film storage vault and an 85-seat theater used for film screenings, lectures and special presentations.

The Stoogeum is also the headquarters of the Three Stooges Fan Club, one of the nation’s oldest and largest fan clubs with 2,000 members world-wide. An annual meeting of the fan club brings together Stooges relatives, supporting actors, impersonators and fans with the Stoogeum at the hub of the event. Visiting the Stoogeum is only available by appointment.

 

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