Mercer Museum
Mercer Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Brian M
    Supply, North Carolina103 contributions
    Impressive Collection of 19th Century articles
    Within the walls of this 7 story cement castle is a well cataloged collection of just about all the items a person or family would see or use during the 1800's. Henry Mercer constructed this concrete Castle to house his lifelong collection of items from the period in order to preserve them for future generations. Among many other items are several wagons, a Stagecoach, whaling boat even the gallows used by Bucks County during that period. A very interesting and worthwhile visit that I can strongly recommend with just one caveat; Be forewarned while the building does have a small elevator it does not have heat.
    Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and found the museum to be educational and interesting. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written September 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 3, 2020
  • Richard S
    Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania62 contributions
    Interestingly Displayed Collection
    I really loved how the collection of items is displayed in this museum, the center gallery could be considered very artistic in the way it's laid out . Lots of things to look at on 7+ floors. Everything from antique tools to old wooden machinery can be seen. I loved exploring the non-conventional building, and finding new things all over the place. The 6/7 floor area had hundreds of cast iron plates with a wide array of designs on them. The only down side is the narrow hallways. The more people who are visiting, the harder it is to view some of the displays .
    Dear Richard, Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We love to hear how much you appreciate the way Henry Mercer displayed his Pre-Industrial tools and artifacts within the museum. We hope you consider visiting us again soon!
    Written September 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 2, 2020
  • Brooklyn478
    Brooklyn, New York432 contributions
    WOW
    The Mercer Museum in Doylestown PA was a new find and what as discovery! Interesting old castle like concrete building filled with artifacts about every aspect of the old world life where craftsmanship was key. What a collection with well described sections covering blacksmith to candle making to wagon making and even a small general store. Fun for the whole family. Check out all floors and also get the discounted combo ticket including Fonthill Castle Mercer ‘s home to complete the adventure! Staff is also very nice and helpful.
    Thank you for visiting the Mercer Museum and for your kind review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found it fun for the whole family! Additionally, we love to hear that you enjoyed our many artifacts, including the blacksmith exhibit and the general store. We hope to have you back soon!
    Written September 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 20, 2020
  • Marjorie A
    Lansdale, Pennsylvania271 contributions
    Perfect for American History Buffs
    My first thought upon entering the museum was…oh my god there is stuff hanging from the ceiling! It is a little overwhelming and you do not know where to look first but it is also very cool at the same time. The collection of artifacts are grouped by category with a brief description in each section. As a whole, the collection shows how early Americans lived and worked. I would recommend a visit if you love history. Cost is $15 which is reasonable for a visit. I recommend about 2 hours to explore all the floors and any special exhibits.
    Thank you for your kind review! We are glad that you found the museum to be informative! We hope to see you visit again soon to get a more in-depth look at all the amazing artifacts we have!
    Written December 9, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 23, 2021
  • JWanderers
    New Hope, Pennsylvania147 contributions
    Interesting place
    The Mercer museum has a nice collection of tools from different trades spread out over seven floors. It is not as overwhelming as it sounds as the seven floors are all around a central area and it is easy to go from one floor to the other. There were definitely some interesting articles there and the signage provided some good insights. Be aware that there is no HVAC in the museum, so it is quite cold in there in winter (we needed a coat when we were there in February and were still pretty cold) and presumably may get pretty hot in summer.
    Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are so glad that you found the museum and its collection of Pre-Industrial tools to be interesting and our signage to be helpful. We hope you visit us again soon!
    Written September 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2020
  • Yi N
    Newark, Delaware106 contributions
    Terrible communication for such a good museum
    Visited after reopening during COVID when tickets for 2-hr slots are in place. Called the museum and asked how big the museum is and how long do people usually spend. Was told that "most people spend about an hour, but it's really dependent on how thorough you are, but 2 hours are definitely enough, as it's just the perimeter of the building". So I came in and realized it's a 5-hr museum. Yes, I am very thorough in reading the signs, so when they say it's about an hour, I usually think of 2 hours. If they say there is a lot to see here so plan at least 2 hours, then I set aside 4 hours. But it's a huge surprise to learn how many items there are on display. It's the level of confidence conveyed to me that overwhelmed me. So if you have to read everything and are afraid of being kicked out after the 2-hr mark, do NOT visit now.
    Visited September 2020
    Written September 13, 2020
  • susanwinetasting
    Putnam, Connecticut752 contributions
    Tools, Gadgets, Boats, Buggies and Art in a Castle
    There is so much to see and absorb at the Mercer Museum. The six stories of collections takes some time to go through. If you enjoy history and appreciate how things were done in the past, you will be glad you visited. The Mercer is in a tall castle. While the building itself is very impressive, the number of devices displayed is incredible. Allow 2-3 hours and be prepared to read. The castle is dimly lit. The exhibit off the lobby was on artists from Bucks County. It was my favorite part of the museum and I took numerous photos of the art. It is almost completely handicap accessible. There is plenty of parking and the grounds surrounding are lovely.
    Thank you for your kind review! We are glad that you enjoyed all aspects of the museum and had such a great time on your trip! We know that all the artifacts can be overwhelming, so we are always thrilled to hear when guests get so much out of their visit. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written December 16, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2020
    Written November 14, 2020
  • TonyFio67
    Tenafly, New Jersey126 contributions
    Unique museum exploring the tools of work and craft
    One of the more interesting museums I have been to - not only the very specific focus on the devices and tools used historically by all kinds of workers and craftspeople (including tools used in farming, hat making, weaving, hunting, tin working, shoemaking, wheelmaking etc etc), but the way in which the artifacts were displayed. In addition to rooms along the periphery of the museum devoted to various crafts and trades, the center is essentially a 7 story exhibition space with all sorts of artifacts suspended so that one can look at them as one travels up or down the museum floors. It is an almost surreal effect and quite engaging. There are staff present to answer questions who are very friendly. I would say this is a can’t miss if you are visiting the area!
    Dear Tony, Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and found the building and our collections to be unique and interesting! Additionally, we are so glad that you found our staff to be friendly and helpful. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written September 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2020
  • devilish_patsy
    Plantation, Florida216 contributions
    COLD TEMPS
    WEAR A COAT! I did not know that this museum did not have heat.  On a cold blustery day, we ventured to visit.  I enjoyed the Charles M. Schultz exhibit and then we went up the stairs to begin the Mercer exhibit.  I didnt realize it was like a dungeon.  Cold damp and I started shivering.  I stayed on the floor for as long as i could take it and then left my husband to enjoy the exhibits and headed to the cafe to warm up.  So awfully interested in Henry Mercer, but not at the expense of my health.  What a shame the museum did not come w/ heated overcoats to wear while viewing! --            
    Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our traveling Pigskin Peanuts exhibit. However, we are sorry that the historic nature of our building made it so that you could not enjoy your full stay. We hope you consider visiting us again while we have warmer temperatures outside (and inside!).
    Written September 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2020
  • kpslas
    Hackettstown, New Jersey238 contributions
    Great collection of pre-industrial revolution tools and much more.
    We spent two hours on a Sunday wandering through the seven levels of the Mercer Museum. If you enjoy stepping into the past and imagining life over 100 years ago then this is the place for you. The collection of tools, transportation and machinery is well laid out as you go from level to level. I left with a deeper appreciation of how previous generations had to work hard for many things we take for granted today!
    Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip and left with an appreciation for the past! Henry Mercer's vision was certainly unique, but we are all grateful for his passion for collecting and preserving history! We hope to see you again soon.
    Written November 11, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2021
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Marjorie A
Lansdale, PA271 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
My first thought upon entering the museum was…oh my god there is stuff hanging from the ceiling! It is a little overwhelming and you do not know where to look first but it is also very cool at the same time. The collection of artifacts are grouped by category with a brief description in each section. As a whole, the collection shows how early Americans lived and worked. I would recommend a visit if you love history. Cost is $15 which is reasonable for a visit. I recommend about 2 hours to explore all the floors and any special exhibits.
Written June 23, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review! We are glad that you found the museum to be informative! We hope to see you visit again soon to get a more in-depth look at all the amazing artifacts we have!
Written December 9, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JWanderers
New Hope, PA147 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Mercer museum has a nice collection of tools from different trades spread out over seven floors. It is not as overwhelming as it sounds as the seven floors are all around a central area and it is easy to go from one floor to the other. There were definitely some interesting articles there and the signage provided some good insights. Be aware that there is no HVAC in the museum, so it is quite cold in there in winter (we needed a coat when we were there in February and were still pretty cold) and presumably may get pretty hot in summer.
Written February 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are so glad that you found the museum and its collection of Pre-Industrial tools to be interesting and our signage to be helpful. We hope you visit us again soon!
Written September 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Yi N
Newark, DE106 contributions
Sep 2020
Visited after reopening during COVID when tickets for 2-hr slots are in place.
Called the museum and asked how big the museum is and how long do people usually spend. Was told that "most people spend about an hour, but it's really dependent on how thorough you are, but 2 hours are definitely enough, as it's just the perimeter of the building".
So I came in and realized it's a 5-hr museum. Yes, I am very thorough in reading the signs, so when they say it's about an hour, I usually think of 2 hours. If they say there is a lot to see here so plan at least 2 hours, then I set aside 4 hours. But it's a huge surprise to learn how many items there are on display.
It's the level of confidence conveyed to me that overwhelmed me.
So if you have to read everything and are afraid of being kicked out after the 2-hr mark, do NOT visit now.
Written September 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

susanwinetasting
Putnam, CT752 contributions
Sep 2020
There is so much to see and absorb at the Mercer Museum. The six stories of collections takes some time to go through. If you enjoy history and appreciate how things were done in the past, you will be glad you visited. The Mercer is in a tall castle. While the building itself is very impressive, the number of devices displayed is incredible. Allow 2-3 hours and be prepared to read. The castle is dimly lit. The exhibit off the lobby was on artists from Bucks County. It was my favorite part of the museum and I took numerous photos of the art. It is almost completely handicap accessible. There is plenty of parking and the grounds surrounding are lovely.
Written November 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your kind review! We are glad that you enjoyed all aspects of the museum and had such a great time on your trip! We know that all the artifacts can be overwhelming, so we are always thrilled to hear when guests get so much out of their visit. We hope to see you again soon!
Written December 16, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TonyFio67
Tenafly, NJ126 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
One of the more interesting museums I have been to - not only the very specific focus on the devices and tools used historically by all kinds of workers and craftspeople (including tools used in farming, hat making, weaving, hunting, tin working, shoemaking, wheelmaking etc etc), but the way in which the artifacts were displayed. In addition to rooms along the periphery of the museum devoted to various crafts and trades, the center is essentially a 7 story exhibition space with all sorts of artifacts suspended so that one can look at them as one travels up or down the museum floors. It is an almost surreal effect and quite engaging. There are staff present to answer questions who are very friendly. I would say this is a can’t miss if you are visiting the area!
Written August 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Tony, Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and found the building and our collections to be unique and interesting! Additionally, we are so glad that you found our staff to be friendly and helpful. We hope to see you again soon!
Written September 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

devilish_patsy
Plantation, FL216 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples


WEAR A COAT!

I did not know that this museum did not have heat.  On a cold blustery day, we ventured to visit.  I enjoyed the Charles M. Schultz exhibit and then we went up the stairs to begin the Mercer exhibit.  I didnt realize it was like a dungeon.  Cold damp and I started shivering.  I stayed on the floor for as long as i could take it and then left my husband to enjoy the exhibits and headed to the cafe to warm up.  So awfully interested in Henry Mercer, but not at the expense of my health.  What a shame the museum did not come w/ heated overcoats to wear while viewing!

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Written February 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our traveling Pigskin Peanuts exhibit. However, we are sorry that the historic nature of our building made it so that you could not enjoy your full stay. We hope you consider visiting us again while we have warmer temperatures outside (and inside!).
Written September 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kpslas
Hackettstown, NJ238 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We spent two hours on a Sunday wandering through the seven levels of the Mercer Museum. If you enjoy stepping into the past and imagining life over 100 years ago then this is the place for you. The collection of tools, transportation and machinery is well laid out as you go from level to level. I left with a deeper appreciation of how previous generations had to work hard for many things we take for granted today!
Written October 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip and left with an appreciation for the past! Henry Mercer's vision was certainly unique, but we are all grateful for his passion for collecting and preserving history! We hope to see you again soon.
Written November 11, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Leza H
London, UK657 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
A stunning museum with a fascinating collection…but it’s all about the building and the way it’s displayed. It is so original and quite jaw dropping to behold. Kids will be engaged by the ‘Harry Potter’ style of this eccentric layered concrete castle, displays hanging from the ceiling as though magically floating, the fabulous turrets and roof, the winding staircases and wonky windows. The collection is fantastic, especially the stoves, tiles, textile blocks, carriages. It’s wild and we loved it. The staff are also fantastic. We spent some time with Matt who really knows his stuff, not just about the Mercer building and collection but also how it ties in with other aspects of American history. He’s a wonderful asset to the museum.
Written July 9, 2023
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Thank you for your kind review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Mercer Museum and enjoyed our collections and displays. We are also happy to hear that you had a great experience with our staff! We hope you visit us again soon.
Written August 8, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Colleen771
Telford, PA31 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
We visited the museum as a field trip (kids ages 6-16). Everyone enjoyed it. There was something interesting to see for everyone. This is a must-see for anyone studying colonial America. Based on what I learned at Fonthill Castle, I think Mr Mercer would be proud to see his collection today.

I was also impressed with the historical music exhibit downstairs. There were instruments I’d never seen before and we enjoyed the listening stations.
Written March 2, 2023
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Thank you for your kind review! We are thrilled to hear your group had a good experience at our museum, and that you had the chance to explore "Everyday Rhythms: Music at the Mercer" during your visit! We hope to see you all at the castles again soon!
Written April 4, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lucero65
Philadelphia, PA183 contributions
Sep 2021
First let me say that I did not have a positive experience in this museum, but that’s a personal issue. I felt overwhelmed by the number of objects in the place and their chaotic arrangement. It also bothered me to see so many objects used by people of the past, many who spent their entire life in drudgery just to survive. I got in and out in an hour and went on all the floors.

In contrast, I thoroughly enjoyed Fonthill and the Moravian Tileworks the day before and felt no emotional malaise.

The museum is well cared for and there is an elevator in case you prefer to ride rather than walk. There are bathrooms on the first floor and a small gift shop. It’s worth seeing just once since it’s so odd.
Written September 1, 2021
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