Glencairn, built between 1928 and 1939 in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, was once the home of Raymond and Mildred (Glenn) Pitcairn and their children. The building now serves as a not-for-profit museum of religious art and history. Collections include ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. For more information see History or watch our award-winning 30-minute documentary film, "Embracing the Sacred: The Story of Glencairn Museum." The film features spectacular aerial photography, rare archival footage, and historic photographs.
The mission of Glencairn Museum is to engage a diverse audience with the common human endeavor to find higher meaning and purpose in our lives. This is achieved by recognizing universal spiritual concepts expressed in religious beliefs and practices around the world—past and present—through the interpretation of art, artifacts, and other cultural expressions of faith. A special focus of the Museum is to preserve and interpret art and artifacts that illustrate New Church beliefs and practices.
Rooted in the notion that religion is not only believed but lived, Glencairn seeks to stimulate reflection, build understanding, and foster empathy, contributing to the betterment of society by looking to the goodness in others and living a life of kindness.