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

Save the Date: October 7 Heritage Award Celebration

A Joint 2020 & 2021 Heritage Award Celebration In 2020, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center recognized Tom Carnevale and Lauren Eustis for their wonderful work and talents to reinvent the Colonial Theater, the Bull Tavern and the former PA Railroad freight station that has now become Uncle B’s Barbeque restaurant. Their commitment to conserving places […]

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Our Summer Newsletter is available here for downloading. Summer 2021 Newsletter Summer Newsletter Insert This issue highlights the new Chester County Interact Exhibit recently launched. The new touch screen exhibit features information and stories for visitors to explore Phoenix Iron & Steel Legacy, Nearby Places to Visit, Phoenixville Walking Tours and the Path to Freedom […]

Coming in September: The Coal Industry Along The Schuylkill River

Michael Korb, an honored leader of the Society of Mining Engineers in PA and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers, will present the story of The Coal Industry Along the Schuylkill River Wednesday, September 8th 2021 at 7:30 PM This will be an in-person program at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center located […]

Discover the Foundry’s History

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


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.


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.