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Mercer Museum

84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901-4999
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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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Freehold, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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Warwick, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

One of the places visited on our recent honeymoon to the area ~ we thoroughly enjoyed the building collection etc. Nice addition of the special Route 66 exhibit. Great inexpensive museum!

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Albany, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very interesting collection of things! It's like seeing someone's hidden treasures. The fact that Mr. Mercer built this building JUST to hold his collection is so cool. What a great place to see.

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A cavernous labyrinth of turn of the century (19th - 20th) artifacts. It's fun just to walk through, even if you don't care how folks survived day to day pre-industrial revolution. The building itself is an experience!

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bucks county, pa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a gigantic poured concrete structure in the heart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It is an eclectic mix of an astounding personal collection of tools and artifacts from the early industrial revolution. Henry Mercer was a pack rat of pack rats! His collection includes farm implements, early weapons, stove plates and even a gallows! One of the infamous Doan... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Mr. Mercer was a man of great fore site, and his house and museum proves that. We were told by a friend to take the time,so we stopped in Doylestown,PA. to just see what we were missing. We were lucky to catch a special attraction honoring the National road Rt.66.Some people would have called Mr.Mercer a hoarder, but he had... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Unbelievable that Mr. Mercer could collect so much stuff; there's like a million things in this museum. The idea was that he wanted to preserve things that showed how people lived daily life around the 1850's. They have divided most of it up in sections like hunting and trapping equipment, blacksmith equipment, medical equipment and so on. Every time you... More

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you like history, Americana, antiques, mechanical devices, pre-industrial commerce, remnants of a by-gone era, exploring, or out-of-the ordinary experiences, you will get all of them rolled into one at this museum. What a unique and fascinating place! The building itself, which is made out of poured concrete, is enough of a curiosity all on its own with its construction,... More

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you like mechanical antiques, you will love this place. Everything from an old sawmill to an apple press. You could spend hours looking at the collection.

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Newton, New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A man's mind, turned outward into a museum. Every tool and daily implement of life in 19th century America is on display here, organized by trade or household use. The displays impart a real sense of what life was like in the 19th century and on into the early 20th century. This museum makes history tangible.

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