SEEING COAL Time | Material | Scale

May 3 – August 28, 2021

Seeing Coal looks at Pennsylvania anthracite coal, and raises questions about the significance of its visible and invisible presence in our world. Through historic images, material specimens, poetry and visual art, coal is presented as a material that can help us re-think our relationship with Nature and Time.

The exhibition is open to the public, but space is limited to follow social distancing rules in the Gallery. To be sure of availability on the day you’d like to visit, please plan ahead! Call 215-546-3181, or email

Can’t make it to Philadelphia or simply want to dig a little deeper into the subject?

Sharing your Seeing Coal experience on Social Media? Use the hashtag #seeingcoal and add your photos and impressions to the story of Seeing Coal. We can’t wait to hear your coal tales!

Seeing Coal Exhibit Postcard


Annual Shareholders Meeting, followed by
Seeing Coal in Historical Documents: A Deeper Look
Wednesday, May 12 | 5:00 pm | Shareholder Event, Online

Fireside Chat – Creative Confluence in a Peak Poetry World, with Jena Osman and Orchid Tierney
Thursday, June 3 | 7:00 pm | Free, Online

The Curator is In: Mondays at 12:00 pm in the gallery
May 24; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23
Chat with our curator, Andrea Krupp and see coal with a digital microscope. Space is limited. Free

Beyond the Breaker – Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, July 7 | 7:00 pm | $20 Members | $25 Non-Members
Live reception and lm screening in a spacious outdoor courtyard at the historic Powel House. Limited to 40 guests.
Rain Date: Tuesday, July 13.

Fireside Chat – I Am All Bog: Investigating Human/Coal/Carbon Entanglement
Thursday, August 5 | 7:00 pm | Free, Online

For more information and to register, please visit our events calendar.

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Seeing Coal Gallery Image
Seeing Coal Gallery Image