640 Waterworks Drive (on the Schuykill River, below the Art Museum)
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm. losed Mondays and City of Philadelphia holidays.
Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along the Schuykill River, is the old water works, the source of filtered water in the 19th century. These buildings have finally been restored. Tour the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for a history of this facility, or just stroll around the grounds. If you bring your fishing tackle, there are a few spots along the river that local fishermen will be glad to not tell you about. Plans call for eventually opening a restaurant in the main building, which should be a spectacularly expensive view.