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Mercer Museum

Address: 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901-4999
Phone Number: 215-345-0210
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Managed by the Bucks County Historical Society, this museum pays tribute to Henry Chapman Mercer...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Managed by the Bucks County Historical Society, this museum pays tribute to Henry Chapman Mercer, noted archaeologist, antiquarian, artist and writer.

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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I really like this place the kids had a wonderful time. There were so many neat artifacts to look at and enjoy. This is a perfect rainy day solution, it's inexpensive and fun. Worth the trip!

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A museum of 7 floors with anything and everything you can imagine from days gone by. A stagecoach, old farming equipment, tools of many different trades and occupations, just about anything that was part of the way of life in the early 1900's and before. Photography is allowed thru out the museum. They also have a research library in the... More 

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Doylestown PA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This fascinating museum of concrete with tools that murmur of former life styles is a fascinating journey for adults that only gets better when you bring a child along. The building itself holds all the allure of a castle with stairways running hither and yon and always leading someplace interesting. It's a thrill to experience.

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NE PA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This museum will not disappoint. There is one of everything here: some of our favorites were the pharmacy, tortoiseshell carving, wallpaper making and music. If time is limited I would suggest downloading a museum guide and deciding where to begin. Also, it was extremely COLD so do not check your coat. I think it might be warm in the summer... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Love traveling the floors of this fully concrete building with so many interesting artifacts....pieces of history. Henry Mercer sure did collect a lot of stuff from an old Conestoga wagon, to medical instruments, whaling tools, sewing tools, pottery and it goes on and on. Worth the visit!

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New Hope, PA
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205 reviews 205 reviews
61 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Henry Mercer was a genius. This 6 storey concrete-castle is pure mad genius. A Natl Historic Landmark, it is a must see on the East Coast.

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na
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

First, the building itself is worth a visit. An amazing maze of hand-formed concrete which somehow evokes a distorted vision of a medieval castle and manages to be warm and inviting at the same time. Then there's the collection: it's an almost indescribable aggregation of tools, implements, and everything related. Truly outstanding. Great.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Incredible museum filled with thousands of pre-industrial artifacts/tools of everyday life which have been put into individual rooms showing every thing that people would use to make buttons, shoes, tin smithing, whaling, cider making, basketmaking, etc. All housed within a wonderful environment made by Henry Mercer. The admission price was a bit expensive but apparently there are groupons that you... More 

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linz
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115 reviews 115 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

you definitly need some time to see all exhibits on all 6 floors. They are really cramped with staff ,but nevertheless it is amazing to wander through the castle and see so many different collections of early everydays american life. There are many early American crafts and trades represented. it also differs from a "normal" Museum where you walk from... More 

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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Took my sister here since she recently moved to the area and she loved it. It's an amazing place. Great for the kids too. You can walk to downtown Doylestown from here and it's close to the train station.

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