Oh, Sugar!

Oh, Sugar!: The Magical Transformation From Cane To Candy is on display in the Museum's Community Gallery through February 17, 2014.


Oh, Sugar! focuses on Philadelphia's candy manufacturing history, tracing the magical transformation sugar takes from cane to candy. Oh, Sugar! is curated by Eric (pictured left) and Ryan Berley (pictured right), the brothers behind Old City’s beloved Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery. The exhibition is included with regular Museum admission.

With more than 100 artifacts from the Berley’s collection of confectionery machinery, molds and ephemera, visitors will get a glimpse into the raw realities and sugar-coated past of Philadelphia’s connection to the sugar industry. The exhibition looks at the evolution of the sugar industry, from the beginning of our love of sugar in colonial America through today. Visitors can trace the trade routes that brought cane to the colonies and discover the early sugar refining techniques that were anything but sweet. Children can play candy maker in cap and apron within the context of an old-time candy kitchen. The exhibition is suitable for anyone with a sweet tooth, with information geared toward both young and young at heart. The exhibition concludes with a stop at vintage candy counter, complete with a working gumball machine so visitors can purchase a treat. Candy from Shane Confectionery will also be available for purchase in the Museum’s gift shop.

Oh Sugar! Events

October 12:  Old City Seaport Festival & Candy Demonstration
November 10:  Taffy Pull Demonstration. Purchase tickets here.
December 14:  Lighted Boat Parade & Christmas Candy Making
January TBA:  Chocolate Evening & Entertainment