Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Garden Railway

Garden Railway

The Garden Railway display is CLOSED for the season. Stay tuned for the re-opening this spring!

Garden Railway 2015: Art & Architecture

Staying in line with the Arboretum’s summer 2015 theme of Art in the Garden. Garden railway will feature a display of Art & Architecture. From miniatures of iconic Philadelphia sculptures and famous lighthouses, to buildings from the last World’s Fair in 1964 and more, visitors will once again thrill to the outdoor train exhibit.

About the Garden Railway
Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under!), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with miniature rivers. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts.

The Garden Railway display is made possible by the generous support of Gwen and Ed Asplundh. “Gwen and I are very pleased to support the wonderful Garden Railway. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved trains large and small. For years, I had a large train layout in my basement. There is something very special about an outdoor railway, especially the very unusual and beautifully done railway at the Arboretum. I enjoy watching the trains myself, but most of all, I enjoy watching the looks of delight on the faces of the other ‘kids’ young and old.” –Ed Aspludh


About the Holiday Garden Railway

Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with small streams. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pinecone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts.

The buildings are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. The Garden Railway Display has become one of the Arboretum’s most beloved attractions since it opened in 1998, and the Holiday Garden Railway is quickly becoming a favorite holiday tradition for many families.

The Garden Railway is made possible in part by Gwen and Ed Asplundh.


Railway Hours

November 28 - January 4: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed December 24, 25, and January 1. Check for weather closings.


Railway Special Events

Friday Night Lights!

SOLD OUT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26 | 4:30 - 7:30pm
Advanced ticket purchase required; this event is SOLD OUT.

Member Adult: $9.00 / Member Child: $3.00
Non-member Adult: $16.00 / Non-member Child: $8.00

Start a new holiday tradition and come enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings.

The Compton Cafe will NOT be open Friday, December 26.

A sweet treat from Brendenbeck’s bakery in Chestnut Hill will be given to guests each evening, as supplies last!


Friday Night Lights

Bredenbecks Bakery


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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Please use extra caution on pathways, as some ice may persist.

Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Please use extra caution on pathways, as some ice may persist.

Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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