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HOURS AND INFORMATION

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area Museum closed for a major renovation on Sunday, February 25, 2024.   We hope to reopen in July of 2024.  

The Museum is normally open Wednesday & Friday, 9am – 3pm, and the first Friday of each month between 6pm and 9pm. 

HSPA is handicapped accessible on Church Street.

  • Appointments may be requested, please contact us
  • Visitors needing research assistance should call or visit during our open hours.

HSPA (The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area) has information about local genealogy, information and photos of old buildings and homes, old local newspapers on microfilm, old photographs of people and the Phoenixville area, yearbooks from Phoenixville High School, many historical artifacts, a Phoenix Steel Column, and many pieces of Etruscan Majolica that were made in Phoenixville in the late 1800s by Griffen, Smith & Hill. 

The museum has information about early Phoenixville leaders, such as Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker who was born in Phoenixville in 1843 and served as Pennsylvania Governor from 1903 to 1907.

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The Historical Society - 204 Church Street in Phoenixville

We welcome children to view the artifacts in the museum. Items of special interest to children of various ages are displayed allowing children to handle the objects whenever feasible. Museum guides relate the artifacts to children’s experiences in today’s world. Society representatives go to schools and other gatherings to bring museum artifacts to children as well as to adults. Teachers and program planners may contact the Society about subjects and available times for museum visits.

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Making a Donation to the Historical Society

Please consider making a donation to the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area that may be tax-free. We are a PA non-profit corporation with an IRS status of 501(c)(3).  We appreciate your support!

Current Special Exhibit

Open now is our current Special Exhibit, "Collected Ephemera and Rare Photos From Forgotten Scrapbooks".

Historical Society Special Exhibit "Collected Ephemera and Rare Photos From Forgotten Scrapbooks".

A Brief History of the HSPA Building

Read the story of our Church St. location in Phoenixville, dating back all the way to 1794.

The incorporation of Phoenixville as a Borough

A fascinating story about the March 1849 incorporation of Phoenixville as a Borough.

Native American Artifacts

The Museum has a collection on display of Native American artifacts from the area that are of Lenni Lenape origin.

Majolica

The Society has over 300 pieces of majolica made by Griffen, Smith and Hill

Phoenix Iron Company

HSPA has many Phoenix Iron and Phoenix Steel Company artifacts, including a sample of the famous Phoenix Steel Column.

Schuylkill Navigation Company

The Museum has several large canal boat models and information about the Schuylkill Navigation Company, 1825-1931.

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