Landmarks in Lights
Jun
25
8:00 PM20:00

Landmarks in Lights

General admission is FREE. Additional activities for a small fee (see below).

Enjoy quiet reflection as you explore the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in lights. 

Cairnwood Estate: FREE Admission to the Garden House, including exhibitions and an orientation video; self-guided house tours: $5/person.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral: FREE Admission; self-guided tours of the building and gardens.

Glencairn Museum: FREE Admission to the first floor, including exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower fee $5/person.

Free parking throughout the Bryn Athyn Historic District.

Photography for private use is permitted. No drones, flash, tripods, selfie-sticks, or videography.

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Summer Soiree at the Museum
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Soiree at the Museum

$30 General Admission, $20 for Museum Members/Designated Drivers.

Must be 21+. Tickets are limited, reservations strongly recommended. Visit the Museum or call 267-502-2990 to purchase.

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening in Glencairn Museum’s cloister garden! Enjoy music, dessert, beer, white wine, access to the collections on the first floor of the Museum, and the sunset view from the tower.

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Concert | Fairest Isle: Music and Poetry from Britain (English Song Recital with Graham and Robin Bier)
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Concert | Fairest Isle: Music and Poetry from Britain (English Song Recital with Graham and Robin Bier)

Doors open at 7:00 pm

$20 Adults, $15 Basic Members/Seniors/Students, free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available until 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 9. Call 267-502-2990 to purchase. Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability, beginning at 7:00 pm on May 11.

A special performance showcasing the talent of Les Canards Chantants co-directors, Graham Bier, bass-baritone, and Robin Bier, contralto, with acclaimed Philadelphia pianist Mark Livshits.

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Sacred Arts Festival
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Sacred Arts Festival

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students with ID. Free for Members and children 3 and under.

Experience religious art in the making: witness demonstrators using metal, glass, sand, ink and movement to create beautiful expressions of faith. Hear live music, take our cell phone audio tour, see the temporary exhibition, Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars, enjoy self-guided time in the galleries, and rejuvenate at the Castle Cafe.

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Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala
Apr
24
to Apr 28

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala

Daily 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Free Admission April 24-27. Included in Sacred Arts Festival admission on April 28.

Witness the step-by-step creation of a traditional Sand Mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Mandalas are drawings in sand of the world in its divine form; they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into an enlightened mind. Watch as the Venerable Losang Samten (the first Buddhist given permission by the Dalai Lama to make Mandalas in the West) completes and then ritualistically dismantles a Mandala during our Sacred Arts Festival.

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Workshop | Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Three Sessions)
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Workshop | Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Three Sessions)

Saturday March 30: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 31: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

As of March 21 all three workshops are SOLD OUT. We are maintaining a waiting list.

$30/person. Ages 16 and up. Registration required by 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 27. Call 267-502-2990 or email info@glencairnmuseum.org to register.

Pysanky are the beautiful, elaborate, Easter eggs found in Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian traditions. Learning this centuries-old technique for decorating Easter eggs is easier than you might think. Using a stylus called a kistka, we will write with melted beeswax onto the shell of a raw egg, then dip it into vibrant dyes. We will complete two different eggs in the workshop, and you will keep your kistka and wax to use at home. Join us to make your own little heirloom - it’s a lot of fun, and the results will impress your family and friends!

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Hex Sign Folk Art Tour of Berks County
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Hex Sign Folk Art Tour of Berks County

THIS TRIP HAS SOLD OUT. We are maintaining a waiting list.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

$50 per person (members); $65 per person (non-members).
Advance ticket sales begin Wednesday, January 23.
Deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 21 at 5pm.
Continental breakfast and box lunch included.

Join us for an exploration of the barn star region of Northern Berks County, an area with the highest concentration of decorated barns in Pennsylvania. With a special emphasis on the hills and dales of Albany Township and the surrounding communities, participants will discover a wide variety of traditional barn stars, also known as hex signs, and explore the folklore of this diverse and colorful artistic tradition. This bus tour will be led by Patrick J. Donmoyer, guest curator of Glencairn’s featured exhibition, Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars.

Joining us on the trip will be Eric Claypoole, the region’s foremost barn star painter. Eric will share his knowledge and expertise as a second-generation painter throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, and especially in Kempton, Berks County. With just under 100 barns painted throughout his career, Eric’s first-hand accounts and down-to-earth stories will shed light on the tradition from a creative perspective.

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Concert | Elizabeth Pitcairn
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Concert | Elizabeth Pitcairn

Doors open at 2:30 pm

$20 Adults, $15 Basic Members/Seniors/Students, free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available until 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 14. Call 267-502-2990 to purchase. Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability, beginning at 2:30 pm on March 17.

The Museum welcomes back virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, with her legendary 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius (“The Red Violin”), renowned cellist Evan Drachman, and acclaimed pianist Barbara Podgurski, for a special program featuring works by seminal composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Workshop | German Paper Star (Froebel) Ornaments
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop | German Paper Star (Froebel) Ornaments

$20/person. Ages 16 and up. No experience necessary; all materials included.
Registration has been extended to Friday, March 1. Call 267-502-2990 to register.

Elaine and Matt Vardjan teach the art of creating German paper stars (Froebel stars). The folded German star is an old paper craft that was popularized by Friedrich Froebel in the early 1800s in Germany. It is likely that Froebel did not invent the star, as it is believed to be a craft that was generally known for some time. Combinations of individual stars can be used to make other items known as “Star Craft,” including crosses, baskets, and mobiles. You can find some of the basic shapes of the Froebel star in certain barn star patterns painted on Pennsylvania buildings.

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Lecture | Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars
Mar
1
3:30 PM15:30

Lecture | Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars

Free Admission

An illustrated presentation about Glencairn’s exhibition of Pennsylvania barn art by Patrick J. Donmoyer, guest curator. Donmoyer has spent over a decade researching and photographing decorated barns throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. His survey of decorated Pennsylvania barns reveals a diverse and colorful tradition of folk art that illustrates trends in Pennsylvania German folklore, especially as it pertains to beliefs and practices associated with the agricultural lifestyle, religious expression, and observations of the heavens.

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NEW SESSION Workshop | Sacred Adornments
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

NEW SESSION Workshop | Sacred Adornments

Additional session added by popular demand!

$35/person. Ages 16 and up. No experience necessary; all materials included.
Registration required. Call 267-502-2990 or email info@glencairnmuseum.org to register.

Custom tour featuring rarely seen ancient Egyptian jewelry from our vault, followed by a make-your-own beading workshop focusing on the symbolism of beads throughout history, with an emphasis on symbols that come from nature.

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Workshop | Sacred Adornments
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop | Sacred Adornments

$35/person. Ages 16 and up. No experience necessary; all materials included.
Registration required by Monday, February 11. Call 267-502-2990 or email info@glencairnmuseum.org to register.

The session on February 16 is SOLD OUT. A second session has been added on Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Call 267-502-2990 to register today.

Custom tour featuring rarely seen ancient Egyptian jewelry from our vault, followed by a make-your-own beading workshop focusing on the symbolism of beads throughout history, with an emphasis on symbols that come from nature.

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Concert | Les Canards Chantants with Parthenia, a consort of viols
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Concert | Les Canards Chantants with Parthenia, a consort of viols

Doors open at 7:00 pm

$20 Adults, $15 Basic Members/Seniors/Students, free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available until 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 24. Call 267-502-2990 to purchase. Tickets will also be available at the door, subject to availability, beginning at 7:00 pm on January 26.

Join us for another unforgettable performance by Les Canards Chantants, Glencairn’s Ensemble in Residence. The program, titled “Come Life, Come Death, I Care Not – A Musical Tour of Jacobean London,” is presented in partnership with Parthenia, a consort of viols.

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Homeschool Day Open House
Dec
4
9:30 AM09:30

Homeschool Day Open House

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

$5 per person | Children 3 and under are free. No reservations necessary. Contact Christine McDonald at 267.502.2995 or email christine.mcdonald@glencairnmuseum.org for more information.

Glencairn Museum welcomes homeschool families for a morning of visiting and fun that includes exclusive access to our World Nativities exhibition. Team up with friends and hunt for answers to our popular Nativity Quest to win a prize, then get creative with a Christmas project you can take home. Talk with guides as you explore areas of the Museum that feature the Christmas story in art and hear how Christmas was celebrated at Glencairn when it was a home.

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Members Trip | The Pitcairn Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Members Trip | The Pitcairn Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

$60 per person for members, $70 non-members (lunch not included)

Tickets available beginning August 30. Reservations extended through Thursday, November 8, 12:00 pm. Register by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Raymond Pitcairn loaned more than 70 medieval sculptures and other works of art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) in the 1930s. Dr. Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the PMA, will guide Glencairn Museum Members on an exclusive tour of the Pitcairn works currently on display. Then enjoy self-guided time at the PMA or other nearby museums. To learn more about the Pitcairn loans to the PMA, read all about it in a fascinating article by Dr. Jack Hinton, “Reflected Glories: Raymond Pitcairn’s Loans to the Philadelphia Museum of Art” in Glencairn Museum News.

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Medieval Festival
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Medieval Festival

$10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.

The Medieval Festival at Glencairn is a portal to the past: experience medieval life, art and beliefs through a Pilgrim’s self-guided Quest, demonstrations and activities.

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Yoga Workshop | Myth, Mindful Movement, Music, Mantra, and Meditation
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Workshop | Myth, Mindful Movement, Music, Mantra, and Meditation

$45 per person

Age 16 and up. Tickets available beginning August 30. Registration has been extended through 5:00 pm on Friday, October 26. Register by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Please bring comfortable clothes to move and sit in, and a yoga mat. Chairs and light refreshments will be provided.

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Concert | Steven Franklin, Trumpet
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Concert | Steven Franklin, Trumpet

Doors open at 2:30 pm

$20 Adults, $15 Basic Members, Seniors, and Students, free for Gold and Patron Members. 

Advance tickets available Thursday, August 30 through Thursday, September 27. Tickets will also be sold at the door on September 30, subject to availability.

A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Steven Franklin will be accompanied by the Philadelphia-based pianist David Hughes. Franklin performed spectacularly in Glencairn’s 2017 Christmas Sing Concert and is back by popular demand.

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Landmarks in Lights
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Landmarks in Lights

General admission is FREE. Additional activities for a small fee (see below).

Enjoy quiet reflection as you explore the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in lights. 

Cairnwood Estate: FREE Admission to the Garden House, including exhibitions and an orientation video; self-guided house tours: $5/person.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral: FREE Admission; cell phone audio tour of the building and gardens.

Glencairn Museum: FREE Admission to the first floor, including exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower fee $5/person.

Free parking throughout the Bryn Athyn Historic District.

Given the age and construction of the buildings, some areas are not wheelchair accessible. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

No wheelchairs beyond the first floor of Cairnwood and Glencairn. No backpack-style baby carriers.

Photography for private use is permitted. No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks or videography.

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Summer Soirée at the Museum
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Soirée at the Museum

$30 General Admission, $20 for Museum Members/Designated Drivers.

Must be 21+. Tickets are limited, reservations strongly recommended. Tickets available beginning January 1, 2018. Visit the Museum or call 267-502-2990 to purchase.

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening in Glencairn Museum’s cloister garden! Enjoy music, dessert, beer, white wine, access to the collections on the first floor of the Museum, and the sunset view from the tower.

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Concert | Les Canards Chantants: Transcendence to Transparency
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Concert | Les Canards Chantants: Transcendence to Transparency

Doors open at 7:00 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Basic Members, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available through 5:00 pm Thursday, May 24. Visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. Tickets will also be sold at the door on May 26, subject to availability.

A before-and-after look at the changing face of sacred music in Europe during the Reformation, with Latin and vernacular works by the greatest composers who lived through this tumultuous time. Presented by Glencairn's vocal ensemble in residence.

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Concert | Posaune Decuple (Ten Trombones)
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Concert | Posaune Decuple (Ten Trombones)

$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Basic Members, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available through 5:00 pm Thursday, April 26. Visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. Tickets will also be sold at the door on April 29, subject to availability.

Posaune Decuple, acclaimed trombonists from far and wide that include alumni and teachers of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, honor the vision of ensemble founder, the late Glenn Dodson (Philadelphia Orchestra principal trombonist).

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Sacred Arts Festival
Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Sacred Arts Festival

$10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.

Experience religious art in the making: witness demonstrators using metal, glass, sand, ink, and dance to create beautiful expressions of faith. Learn about stone carving, hear live music, and more. Take our cell phone audio tour, see the temporary exhibition, Nishan Yardumian: Heavenly Visitations in the Bible, and rejuvenate at the Castle Cafe.

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Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala
Apr
18
to Apr 22

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala

Daily 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Free Admission April 18-21. Included in Sacred Arts Festival admission on April 22

Witness the step-by-step creation of a traditional Sand Mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Mandalas are drawings in sand of the world in its divine form; they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into an enlightened mind. Watch as the Venerable Losang Samten (the first Buddhist given permission by the Dalai Lama to make Mandalas in the West) completes and then ritualistically dismantles a Mandala during our Sacred Arts Festival.

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