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Mercer Museum

84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901-4999
215-345-0210
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The Mercer Museum is one of the strangest museums one will encounter.  It was constructed by Henry C. Mercer in 1916 to house his collection of... more »
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New Hope, PA
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162 reviews 162 reviews
56 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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 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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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Interesting special exhibits in addition to their Spruance Library that has a wealth of information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was so well done. I really enjoyed the exhibit, in fact everything I have gone to there has been great. They do a nice job.

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Jamison, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Very educational history of American tools. Always have an additional exhibit. Great for teenagers .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Enjoyed the recent Route 66 exhibit about the famed highway. If you are in the area, the museum is pleasant and worthwhile

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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

If you like museums, you'll love this place. There are 7 floors. I climbed to the top (there is also an elevator) and worked my way down. There is no air conditioning, but many fans along the way. On one of the floors is a copy of Mercer's catalogued, numbered items which is interesting to look at. Mercer also wrote... More

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