For 40 years, from the 1940s to 1970s, Glencairn was home to the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family and their lively Christmas festivities. This 45-minute tour gives visitors an intimate look into how Christmas was celebrated in this 20th-century castle using some of the family’s decorations, historic photographs, and family members’ recollections. 

This year’s tour focuses on stained glass and includes time in the Treasury and the Medieval Gallery—places rarely included in the year-round “Highlights Tour.” The tour also features significant examples of Nativity art in the Museum’s collections, with stops on five different floors. At the close of the tour, visitors can explore the first floor and the World Nativities exhibition on their own.

The new Book Your Tour button at shows tour times & open spots so you can make your choice right on the webpage. But please call if you have questions: Visitor Services at 267.502.2990 are happy to help.

Reservations strongly recommended!

M-F 1:30 & 2:30 and Sat-Sun 1:00, 1:30 & 2:30pm

Not available 12/9-10 & 24-25

Special hours 12/26-29! Tours every half hour 10:30-2:30 these days only

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  • Starting Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, repeated every day until Sunday, January 05, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Glencairn Museum

1001 Cathedral Road
Bryn Athyn, 19009


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