“Pure bliss.” “Magical experience.” “A canopy of beauty.” “Pure splendor, a kind of secular, visual theology.” —Skyspace visitors
Come experience the sunrise and sunset in Philadelphia's only James Turrell Skyspace, which is located inside Chestnut HIll Friends Meetinghouse. Evening viewings begin at sunset and last 55 minutes. Turrell created a different program for the morning viewings when the dark becomes light. Those begin 50 minutes before sunrise.
The meetinghouse will open 15 minutes before the viewing starts and remain open 15 minutes after it is over. The Skyspace displays directly overhead. For comfortable viewing, guests are encouraged to bring yoga mats and cushions to lie on the floor or prop their heads up while sitting on the benches. The room will be the same temperature as the air outdoors so dress appropriately.
The schedule varies with the seasons. Except in winter, there is a weekly Sunday evening viewing; and once a month first Friday evening and first Sunday dawn viewings. Check the Register button on the left for upcoming sunrise and sunset viewing dates and start times, including special holiday dates.
The Skyspace experience, including roof opening, will only occur if the temperature is above 40F with no risk of precipitation. A 20 minute closed roof light sequence is presented if the roof can not be opened.