Core Exhibits

If you’re looking for a place to acquaint yourself or friends to Chester County, explore our permanent galleries filled with hundreds of objects from our nationally recognized 18th and 19th century artifacts, manuscript and photo collections.  Learn about Chester County’s past and gain insights into our world today here and in our changing exhibits.  Our galleries tell the story of daily life and work in our region from the 1600s to the present.

Exploring History!

Becoming Chester County

If you are looking for a place to acquaint yourself or friends with Chester County, explore our permanent galleries filled with hundreds of objects from our nationally recognized artifact, manuscript and photo collections. Our exhibition tells the stories of daily life, work, civic engagement, and tough choices made by people who lived here from the 1600s to the present. Come to find out!

Visible Storage

Visible storage bridges that tantalizing gap between public galleries and limited access spaces. It invites you to peer into the world of Chester County’s material goods from the late 1600s to the early 1900s. With Philadelphia nearby, early county settlers of economic means and their descendants made choices based on international design and personal values. See and learn about international imports and local artisans.

If It’s Chester County, We Have It! – change to upper and lower case like a true question: If it’s Chester County, we have it!

Established in 1682 by William Penn, Chester County has a complex history.

Did you know… that the Battle of Brandywine was fought on September 11, 1777? …that Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the world? …that penicillin was first mass-produced for humans in West Chester?

If you’re looking for a place to acquaint yourself or friends to Chester County, explore our permanent galleries filled with hundreds of objects from our nationally recognized 18th- and 19th-century artifacts, manuscript and photo collections. Learn about Chester County’s past and gain insights into our world today.