Mercer Museum

Mercer Museum, Doylestown: Hours, Address, Mercer Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
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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Hawaiianskirt
Kenilworth, NJ295 contributions
Better for those with time
Apr 2021 • Family
This is a self guided tour so my 8 year olds didn’t wait at exhibits but kind of kept going I felt it needed a guide. I wouldn’t recommend for those with kids.
Written April 20, 2021
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3sparrows
dillsburg9 contributions
Educational and fun
Mar 2021 • Couples
Fascinating visit. I had no idea that Je ray Mercer created the mosaics in the pa state capital. Very cool. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
Written March 21, 2021
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susanwinetasting
Putnam, CT351 contributions
Tools, Gadgets, Boats, Buggies and Art in a Castle
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
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ646 contributions
Great if you like history, crafts and culture
Nov 2020
I was not sure what to expect when I heard this was about tools. But it was fascinating, we were here almost 3 hours. The displays are very well done, tracking how tools for different aspects of life were make. Plus the building is so unusual. Definitely go here.
Written November 3, 2020
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lilmagg
181 contributions
2 Hour Tour
Oct 2020
a bit dark for lighting but still very impressive or completely comprehensive collection of Americana tools, implements, gadgets, buggies, wagons, farm equipment, cooking, work related tools, everyman day to day necessities through colonial era lifestyles.

Took us about 1.5 hours. Not crowded at all with more than adequate spacing for covid paranoia types. Nice grounds for picnic table isolated apart. Free parking plentiful. Right across the street from the The Michener art collection museum.

Two hour spacing for reservations. Gives you plenty of time. Worth the admission.
Written October 10, 2020
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maryellengarcia
Harrison, NY54 contributions
Interesting Tour
Sep 2020
Builders, engineers , history buffs while in Doylestown, PA book a guided tour of Fonthill Castle/Mercer Museum. The tour takes about an hour and you will see interesting tiles, books, artwork and more all housed in a concrete castle built by Henry Mercer all by hand! Use your AAA card and get a discount!
Written September 24, 2020
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WAYNPEA
Spring Grove, PA26 contributions
Wife Birthday Getaway with Family
Sep 2020
What a great museum with so much to see. We were all impressed with everyone that worked there. Everyone was friendly and answered al our questions. The several floors are arranged in a neat manner. They have stairs and elevators. Looked and looked and took lots of pictures. Would love to go back again and take more of it in. Very impressive.
Written September 19, 2020
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Yi N
Newark, DE89 contributions
Terrible communication for such a good museum
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
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TonyFio67
Englewood, NJ116 contributions
Unique museum exploring the tools of work and craft
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
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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!
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Erika B
Huntington Station, NY33 contributions
Worth a look
Oct 2019
The construction of this museum (designed by Mercer himself), is just as interesting as his collection, which is pretty much as he designed it almost 100 years ago; in essence, this is a museum of a museum. Very interesting!
Written February 25, 2020
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Thank you for your review of the Mercer Museum. Henry Mercer was certainly a unique man with a unique collection and we are thrilled that you found it all to be interesting and enjoyable. We hope to see you again soon!
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