Welcome back to the Center for Art in Wood! We have missed you! Please click the drop-down arrow for more information.

Welcome back to the Center for Art in Wood! We have missed you!

The Center has expanded its public hours and is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 12—5PM. The Center will also extend its hours on First Fridays.

We continue to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia municipality. The Center will continue to provide updates via its website, social media channels, and email correspondence if there is any change in our hours or access.  

There are still safeguards in place to ensure a safe and comfortable visit:

Mandatory wearing of masks for staff.
Social distancing (six feet apart) is still encouraged, especially in the collection area.
Additionally, any staff members who report feeling ill are required to quarantine and shelter in place at home. We recommend and require that patrons do the same in order to ensure the safety of everyone.

Whether near or far, you can always visit the Center at! This dynamic micro-site and our main website are constantly updated, hosting live talks, studio tours, demonstrations, and much more, on an ongoing basis.   

And the best handmade objects, jewelry, art, and books are always a couple of clicks away at the Center’s online store! 

We wish you continued good health and we look forward to reconnecting at the Center and/or online.  

Be safe and well. We hope to see you soon!  

Questions or concerns about these safeguards? Email us at
(and please allow us at least one business day to get back to you!).  

141 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm
Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Curbside Service Available

Note: The Center is an ADA compliant facility.

Directions to the Center

Traveling I-95 North

From Delaware or the Philadelphia International Airport

  • Exit 20 (Washington Ave) and continue straight.
  • Turn left at S Columbus Blvd.
  • Turn right toward Market St.
  • Turn left toward Market St.
  • Turn right at Market St.
  • Turn right onto N 3rd St.
  • You will see the Center on the right side of the street on the corner of 3rd and Quarry St.
Traveling I-95 South

From Northeast Philadelphia and Trenton

  • Exit 22 (Central Philadelphia; Independence Hall; Callowhill St.)
  • Exit 22 is a two-lane exit on the left. As you exit, get into the right lane to follow Independence Hall/Callowhill St.
  • When coming off the ramp, keep to the left at the fork and merge onto N 2nd St.
  • Follow N 2nd St. and turn right onto Arch St.
  • Once on Arch St., take the second right onto N 3rd St.
  • You will see the Center on the right side of the street on the corner of 3rd and Quarry St.

From New York or New Jersey

  • Take Exit 4 off the New Jersey Turnpike.
  • Follow 73 North to 38 West.
  • Take 38 West to 30 West. WATCH CAREFULLY!
  • Follow all signs that say CAMDEN/PHILADELPHIA to the BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE.
  • Go over the bridge and stay in the far right lane.
  • Take the 6th St. SOUTH/INDEPENDENCE HALL Exit.
  • At this exit, go ALL THE WAY around to the right.
  • Keep as far right as possible so that you are headed back parallel to the bridge.
  • This street dead-ends into 4th St.
  • Follow 4th St. until you hit Market St.
  • Make a left onto Market St and drive one block to 3rd St.
  • Turn left onto 3rd St.
  • You will see the Center on the right side of the street on the corner of 3rd and Quarry St.

From Western Suburbs (I-76 E)

  • Take Exit 344 on your left toward Central Philadelphia – Vine St. Expressway/I-676 E/US 30 E.
  • Take the exit on the right for I-676 E/Ben Franklin Bridge. You will not be going over the bridge.
  • Turn right at the end of the ramp onto 6th St.
  • Follow 6th St. down until you hit Market St.
  • Make a left onto Market St and go 3 blocks to 3rd St.
  • Turn left onto 3rd St.
  • You will see the Center on the right side of the street on the corner of 3rd and Quarry St.
Public Transportation

Take the Market-Frankford El to 2nd St. exit (2nd and Market) walk over to 3rd St. Alternatively, SEPTA buses #17, #33, and #48 all stop at 3rd and Market. Walk two blocks north on 3rd to 141 N. 3rd St.

For more information, visit SEPTA’s website.

Indego Bike Share bike stops are located nearby at 2nd and Market and 5th and Market. For more information about Indego bike program and its stops, click here.


Reserved Parking Information:  Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, allows visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near the Center. View real-time availability and pricing at many locations within easy walking distance to The Center for Art in Wood.

Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for your visit in advance, if driving.

Use this exclusive discount code when reserving your parking spot–it will provide a 15% discount at checkout!!

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Main phone number: 215-923-8000

Interested in job or internship opportunities, or volunteer opportunities, click here.

If you have questions about…

  • events and programs, press and media inquiries
    please call ext. 103 for Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications, or by email at
  • exhibition touring, the Center’s collection and/or research library, and the Windgate ITE International Residency Program please call ext.102 for Karen Schoenewaldt, Registrar, or by email at
  • Sponsorship opportunities, donations, membership, the Cambium Giving Society, the Evergreen Society, and gifts of stock, please call ext. 105 for Fred Kaplan-Mayer, Director of Operations, or by email at
Philadelphia Exhibitions


The Center for Art in Wood showcases four to five exhibitions a year, ranging from functional, everyday works of art to contemporary sculptures.

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Museum Collection

Museum Collection

Our museum collection consists of over 1,200 hand-made objects from around the world.

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Art Events


See our upcoming events, from opening receptions to workshops. We’ve love for you to visit.

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Research Library

Research Library

The Fleur & Charles Bresler Research Library helps preserve the exciting history of wood turning and woodworking and their continuing evolution as a contemporary art form.

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Group Tours

Group Tours

Tours generally last one hour and include a history of the Center and a personal tour of the current exhibition.

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