Link to Exhibit, The Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

In celebration of America’s one-hundredth anniversary of independence, the Centennial Exhibition took place on more than 285 acres of land in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park May 10-November 10, 1876. Close to ten million visitors (9,910,966) went to the fair via railroad, steamboat, carriage, and on foot. Thirty-seven nations participated in the event, officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine. The grounds contained five major buildings: the Main Exhibition Building, Memorial Hall (Art Gallery), Machinery Hall, Agricultural Hall, and Horticultural Hall. In addition to these buildings, approximately 250 smaller structures were constructed by states, countries, companies, and other Centennial bureaus that focused on particular displays or services.

Curated by Charlene Peacock, 2008.


The Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA Online Exhibition

Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia Album

Centennial Exhibition Wooden Views Collection

Centennial Photographic Company Collection

Michael Zinman World’s Fairs Collection

Philip Frey & Co.’s Centennial Exhibition Souvenir Viewbook