Shofuso's House Reopens Friday, July 3
Spend some time outdoors in a socially distanced setting, where we will limit visitor capacity so all can enjoy the beauty of the pond, gardens, and Japanese house. Shofuso opened the garden for visitation last week and makes the house accessible as well on July 3 so guests can experience shade and cool breezes in our open-air architecture.
Shofuso is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 5pm and Friday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Following guidance from the CDC and the City of Philadelphia, we have adopted the following policies:
- All visitors age 3 and over must wear a mask.
- Visitor capacity will be limited. Tickets are first come, first served.
- There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds.
- At the entrance, six-foot markers will allow people to wait in line safely.
For before or after your visit to Shofuso, Parks on Tap will host an open air beer garden with food options at the Horticultural Center nearby, and will be open from 4pm to 10pm on Monday through Friday and 12pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. It was shipped to New York and exhibited in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York before moving to West Fairmount Park in 1958. In 2007, international artist Hiroshi Senju, inspired by the garden’s waterfall, donated 20 contemporary murals to Shofuso, which are permanently displayed inside the house. This historic site and museum includes a hill and pond garden with a tiered waterfall, island, and koi fish, a tea garden featuring a traditional tea house, and a courtyard garden leading to a bathhouse. For more details, read Shofuso's History
Hours of Operation
March 23 through October:
Wednesday through Thursday 11am to 5pm
Friday through Sunday 11am to 7pm
November through December 15
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
$8: Senior citizens
$8: Children 5-17
$8: Students with College ID
$2: ACCESS Cardholders with photo ID, plus up to four family members at $2 each
Free: Children under the age of 5
Free: Active duty military ID holder plus up to five family members
Parking is free.