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Explore Freedom's Backyard

Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and  Instagram.

Featured Program
Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Workshop Series


Final workshop:
May 13, 2017
Workshop with Artist Ben Volta
at Historic Germantown

Click here for a full calendar of events

Read more about Elephants on the Avenue; Race, Class & Community in Historic Germantown

#HGElephants is the official hashtag for the Elephants on the Avenue project

“When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce him” – Randy Pausch

Featured Initiative
Membership Drive

Membership Drive

Please renew or join now:
General: Individual ($35), or Household ($50 for two adults and all children at the same address)

Click here to see additional membership levels and benefits

Featured Collection
Online Collections

Online Collections

The collections of the Germantown Historical Society cover the Old German Township, which is present-day Germantown, Mount Airy, and Chestnut Hill. In addition to books and periodicals, they include maps, city directories, photographs, marriage and death records, church and cemetery records, family files and biographies, and scrapbooks. 

Click this link to explore our collections from the comfort of your own computer. Then call or visit us here at 5501 Germantown Avenue. You may also email our archivist: Alex Bartlett at


Our Sponsors
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Philadelphia Cultural Fund Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Ernst Brothers Sherwin-Williams PWP Video Hayden Real Estate Investments Samuel S. Fels Fund National Penn Bank Cheshire Law Group Bowman Properties Loretta Witt Kurtz Construction Company