We are thrilled to announce a major milestone in Woodmere’s history: as of October 28, Woodmere owns the property known as Saint Michael’s Hall at 9001 Germantown Avenue - just 72 steps from Woodmere's main building. Woodmere is deeply grateful for the generous community support that made possible this exciting new chapter in the trajectory of the institution.
Woodmere envisions new galleries to showcase the Museum’s spectacular collection. At the same time, the purchase of Saint Michael’s is an act of community preservation that protects the precious asset of four acres of open green space in Chestnut Hill, sustains the local ecosystem of the Wissahickon Watershed, and preserves one of Philadelphia’s great historic homes. Woodmere will convert the mansion’s original kitchen into a hands-on art space for schoolchildren and families, thereby expanding the Museum’s education capacity and bringing the inspiration of the arts into the lives of thousands more children every year.
Woodmere’s collection of 8,000 works by the artists of Philadelphia is one of the great collections of American art. Dedicated galleries in Saint Michael’s will present the collection’s strengths in 20th-century art, including American Impressionism and Modernism as they evolved in Philadelphia, as well as the ongoing reinterpretations of figurative realism.
The expansion enables Woodmere to exhibit great masterpieces that generally remain inaccessible and in storage, including many important works by Violet Oakley and the Red Rose Girls. Woodmere’s important collections of Hudson River paintings and nineteenth-century art, as well as special exhibitions, will remain in Woodmere’s main building.
Stay tuned as this exciting project continues to unfold!
Support Saint Michael's Hall
Should you wish to make a pledge please use the form below, or donations can be made by credit card through our Annual Fund donation page, or check payable to Woodmere Art Museum, and please include "Saint Michael's Hall" in your subject line.
All pledges will be entered as a one-timegift unless directed otherwise by the donor. If you wish to make a multi-year pledge, please use the "Other" option for the amount of your gift, and then you will be able to select the number of years you wish to pay on the pledge.
You will receive an email receipt with the details of your online pledge or donation. If you have made a pledge, at the bottom of the receipt will be a "starting on" and "ending on" date for the donation, both listed as 12/31/2021, indicating this payment will be due only once. Pledge reminders will be mailed to donors ahead of the pledge due date.
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