The information below has been provided to ensure that your time at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is as enjoyable as it is unforgettable. We look forward to your visit!


Our gardens are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the Stove Room, located in our west wing. Wheelchairs are available at admissions free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.


Phipps can be very warm during the summer months and some rooms may be cool during the winter. We encourage you to dress in layers and make use of the lockers in the Welcome Center, if needed. Additionally, most of the walkways at Phipps are made of concrete or stone. Some may be uneven and slippery when wet so we also recommend comfortable, slip-resistant shoes for your safety.

Tour Duration

An average self-guided tour takes approximately 90 minutes but visitors can easily spend an entire day enjoying the beauty and serenity of both our indoor and outdoor gardens. Please plan to arrive in plenty of time to complete your exploration before close.

Peak and Quiet Times

Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be the least crowded days at Phipps. The Conservatory is usually the quietest between 3 and 5 p.m. daily.

Friday Nights

If you usually come to Phipps during the day, consider a visit at night and see the Conservatory in a whole new light on Friday evenings, when we remain open until 10 p.m.


Phipps Conservatory encourages photography and the use of video cameras for personal use only. Please reserve a room for private/commercial photo sessions (includes wedding and engagement photography, family portraits, modeling shoots, media documentation, and images to be used for resale in any form). Certain day/time restrictions apply when renting a space. Please contact the events department at 412/622-6915, ext. 6401 to check availability. All other inquiries can be directed to the marketing department at 412/441-4442, ext. 3801.

Tripod use: Phipps members may use tripods on designated Sundays between 9:30 and 11 a.m. (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday excluded). Reservations are required four days in advance by contacting admissions at 412/622-6915. Otherwise, for the safety of all guests, tripods are prohibited.


Free Wi-Fi is available for your use at Café Phipps.

Photo © Paul g. Wiegman