About Us

GHS building

In 2012 two well-respected institutions of Germantown history took a big step toward a united future, when the boards and memberships of Historic Germantown and The Germantown Historical Society voted unanimously to merge their organizations, combining under the banner of Historic Germantown: Freedom’s Backyard. The merger is an outgrowth of Historic Germantown’s recent efforts to foster closer collaboration among 16 historic sites and cultural institutions located in Northwest Philadelphia.

The merger ensures that Germantown Historical Society’s regionally and nationally important collections will remain in the heart of Germantown. Regular museum and library hours, programs and other services will continue, with the goal of expanding those services in the future.

For more information about Historic Germantown or the Germantown Historical Society collection and archives, call 215-844-1683 or visit www.freedomsbackyard.com. The mission of Historic Germantown is to foster an appreciation of the diverse character and meaning of our cultural heritage in order to preserve and revitalize our community.

Contact Us

Germantown Historical Society
5501 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19144-2225
E-mail: library@germantownhistory.org


We are located at 5501-03 Germantown Avenue, in a Colonial Revival brick building. The building is actually on Market Square, on the street so named.

By car From I-76, take Exit 340A (Lincoln Drive, formerly Exit 32) and follow the signs to Lincoln Drive. At first light, turn right onto Rittenhouse Street. At next light, turn right onto Wissahickon Avenue. At the second light on Wissahickon, turn left onto School House Lane and continue to Germantown Avenue. Turn right, then make an immediate left onto Church Lane. Free parking in the rear of the building. From US 1 North (City Line, or City, Avenue), follow the signs for Lincoln Drive, and continue as above.

By bus Take SEPTA Route 23 (Germantown Avenue) to School House Lane. We are the brick building across the green on Market Square. See the SEPTA website for all Route 23 schedules and connections.

By train Take SEPTA's R8 Chestnut Hill West line to Chelten Avenue station. Out of the station, walk east 1/2 block and turn right onto Pulaski Avenue. Go one block up Pulaski, then turn left on School House Lane. Walk three blocks to Germantown Avenue, crossing the latter, and turn right. We are the brick building across the green on the right. See the SEPTA website for complete R8 Chestnut Hill West timetables.

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