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The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is an historic gateway to northern Chester County that provides information about places of interest to visit throughout the county. It also highlights the Schuylkill River’s resources from Pottsville to Philadelphia.

Historic artifacts and large murals showcase the industrial legacy of the Schuylkill River and the former Phoenix Iron and Steel company. Constantly running videos give visitors a comprehensive overview of the region’s resources and its history.

The Phoenix Iron Company Foundry, built in 1882, is home to the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. On First Fridays, we are also open from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Virtual Museum Tour – Part 1

Virtual Museum Tour – Part 2

 

News & Events

The New Version of the Phoenixville Mural is Completed!

To all our Members and Friends: Ben Volta, the CEO of Mural Provisions, has completed the new version of the Phoenixville Mural. It is a brighter image and a stronger material than what was there before, which was destroyed by fierce winds last spring. A heavy-duty poly tab material was used for this installation, and it has […]

Hello again! We are now open!

To All Our Members and Friends and Visitors: The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is now open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Respecting the PA guidelines, six visitors are allowed to enter at the same time. Masks and social distancing are required. No reservations are needed and our docents are […]

The Story of Trails and Parks with Steve Elkinton

Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 PM (Rescheduled) – Steve Elkinton, Parks & Trails Throughout the USA featuring Steve Elkinton, who worked at the National Park Service for 36 years.  

Discover the Foundry’s History

Learn the history of the Foundry building and its place in Phoenixville since 1882.

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Explore the Past Along the River

Travel the Schuylkill River and explore scenes from its industrial past, learn how the river plays an important role in the development of the area.

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Historical Significance

Samuel Reeves’ designs for the Phoenix Column Tower (the Centennial Tower) became the inspiration for the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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Schuylkill River Heritage Center

This history/geography app will give you the opportunity to learn about our area as you are driving, hiking, or biking. Included are points of interest from Valley Forge National Historical Park along the Schuylkill River to Spring City and Royersford. It includes all of the Phoenixville Borough, Schuylkill, East Pikeland, Charlestown, and West Pikeland Townships. It includes photography and descriptive information of more than 80 historic places in the region.