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“Pilgrim Century Artifacts”

Pilgrim Hall Museum
Ranked #3 of 70 things to do in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: America's oldest public museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of both Native American and Pilgrim artifacts.
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Pilgrim Hall is a venerable establishment dedicated to artifacts related to the families who came over on the Mayflower. The museum was built in 1824 and is the oldest continuously-operating museum in America. The museum underwent a major renovation and restoration in 2008 when an entry pavillion and special exhibition area was installed.

On the day of my visit, a special exhibition of Massachusetts and Rhode Island samplers was installed in the special exhibition gallery. The exhibit was small, but well-mounted and very interesting. Of particular interest in the permanent galleries are artifacts that belonged to the pilgrims including a magnificent great chair, a very early joined-chest, some bibles, and some objects from archeological digs in the area. This museum is small, but well worth the visit.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Hubby and I have been to Plymouth many times, but we've never stopped into this museum…what a shame. We were very pleasantly surprised by the calibre of the museum and the way everything was displayed We found the entire visit very informative. Not too big or too small, just the perfect size. Only caveat - try to avoid the school groups. It gets kind of crazy if they're there.

Thank Nancy N
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest public museum in America and houses many artifacts that came over on the Mayflower almost 400 years ago. It is open right through December 31 (except Christmas Day) and well worth a visit. Touch a real piece of Plymouth Rock (the rest of the Rock in under a portico on the waterfront and, like Al Capone, untouchable). Watch a really good video that explains Pilgrim history in a very succinct and educational manor. Kids can enjoy a Treasure Hunt as they explore and, perhaps best of all, one of the nicest, small gift shops in Plymouth awaits with a variety of holiday gifts to purchase. While in Plymouth climb Allerton Street hill and visit the Forefather's Monument, built to celebrate the December 21, 1620 Landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. Just cuz Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean there's still not stuff to do here in America's Hometown.

Thank palobrajot
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

This was a nice museum to read about the Pilgrims. It's not a big museum, but some great artifacts are kept there. It's not for small children since most of the exhibits require reading. Price to go in is a little steep, unless you're a AAA member or museum member.

Thank tibunifamily
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

This museum will take about an hour and will give a good overview of the Pilgrim experience. I thought it was the perfect place to start our visit to Plymouth. There is a 15-minute film to watch and in that same room was a chart of the Pilgrims that made the voyage and below it another chart that shows who lived (my favorite thing in the whole museum -- I think I spent at least 10 minutes just looking at that one exhibit). I definitely recommend visiting the museum!

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