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MuseumLogan Room Guide

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About the museum

Welcome to the Logan Room of the Library Company of Philadelphia! Throughout its over 284-year history, the Library Company has amassed an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and scientific instruments. The Art & Artifacts Collection includes more than 300 cultural treasures, some of which are on display here.

Highlights include such works by significant artists as Benjamin West, Thomas Sully, James Peale, Anna Claypoole Peale (one of America’s first female artists), and sculptor William Rush. This historically invaluable collection also includes a range of objects, from furniture such as William Penn’s writing desk, to decorative arts such as ceramics, to hard-to-classify antiquities such as a machine Benjamin Franklin used to conduct electrical experiments and a lock of George Washington’s hair. We present an exhibition of a selection of these objects and hope viewers will explore and discover about the Library Company and its history.

You are invited to visit the Logan Room in person, as the guide will give you more detailed information on the works that are housed here. Alternatively, you can experience the items in this room digitally from this guide alone; although it is slightly outdated, you may get a sense of the room's layout and how these items are arranged from this panoramic photograph.

The Library Company is free and open to the public.
Reading room and gallery: 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., weekdays
Print room: by appointment only.
General Information: (215) 546-3181

For related information and exhibitions that the Library Company has produced, please see:
1.) Art and Artifacts
2.) List of items in the Logan Room
3.) Background on James Logan and his Library

Plan your visit

  • 1314 Locust St.
    Philadelphia, United States

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