Free factory tours for fun and learning

GERMANTOWN - August 21, 2009

Cunningham's offers a couple of free tours each day. And according to the Williams twins from Mount Airy, it was a morning well-spent.

Trinity and Maya Williams said the tour made them want to learn to play piano.

The free tours can interrupt work, but at Cunningham Piano, they don't mind one bit. "This is really an outreach, " explains Richard Galassini of Cunningham Piano Company.

"Teachers bring their students. Parents bring their children. Churches bring their choirs. We even had the University of Pennsylvania Physics Department come and tour our facility to learn the science of piano-building."

Plenty of factories in our area offer free tours. You can check out how they make chips at Herrs, watch them turn out the chocolate buds at Wilburs, or wrap your mind around the pretzel process at Sturgis.

If you're going away on vacation, you can click on the state-by-state directory on Factory Tours to see what tours are offered where you're headed.

Not all the tours on this site are free -- but whether you're interested in boats or breweries, shoes or snack foods, you'll likely find a low-cost way to spend a day by checking them out.

To set up a tour at Cunningham Piano Company, call 215-438-3200.

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