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“Family-friendly museum”
Review of Mercer Museum

Mercer Museum
Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Doylestown
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Owner description: Managed by the Bucks County Historical Society, this museum pays tribute to Henry Chapman Mercer, noted archaeologist, antiquarian, artist and writer.
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Family-friendly museum”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This very odd collection of 19th-century tools is ingeniously presented in such a way as to delight every age group. The sheer number of cradles, sewing machines, lamps, and pie pans, is remarkable. Although a tool museum sounds like it's designed for older male viewers, in fact, it was fascinating for my 10-yr old daughter, who is a Little House on the Prairie fan, as well as my little son.

Visited October 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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205 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Wacky place, but great,”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is one of most interesting, but strangest museums you will ever visit. It is built out of poured concrete just to hold the collection. Dr mercer collected everything that had to do with things necessary to use in earlier times and there are objects everywhere you look. At first, it is a bit overwhelming, but when you look more deeply you can see the organization of the items and appreciate that many can be seen from every angle...under, over, behind, etc. it makes you look more closely at the construction and purpose of the items. This is not to be missed.

Visited October 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Extensive collection”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

There is so much to see here, that we almost ran out of time (we were the last one's out). Anyone who is interested in primitive technology would LOVE this! It covers 6 levels, with items large and small hanging from the ceilings, on the wall, everywhere. They have items grouped in categories. In this day and age we forget how many trades and skills were required for things we take for granted today. Even if you know a lot about life a few hundred year ago to present, this museum is still an eye opener.

Visited September 2013
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Willingboro, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A man after my own heart”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

It is always important to have the right tool for the job ... and Mercer was concerned that tools would vanish as the jobs vanished. The result is this wonderful poured-concrete building (with a part of the outside that is inside so you don't have to go outside to see the roof!) and too many alcoves to count with the tools for specific trades ... how many people know off-hand that fletcher makes arrows, or that a cordwainer works in cordovan leather?

It is a place where one can get lost, and spend hours. Cold in the winter, warm in the summer, but always worthwhile!

Visited March 2013
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Doylestown PA
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“This is a fun museum for the whole family”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Where else can you see a building hand made out of concrete by its owner.
There are so many interesting things that were collected by Mercer on display.
Also of interest is our local Art Museum with its collection of Bucks County painters
and across the street from that Museum yet another great family trip. That museum has not only a large collection of tools but d is plays them in grouping arranged in work shops.

The museums have very nice things and I often shop there for gifts. As locals we
always made it the the Mercer tile works and Mercer house a part of a tour for
out of town company. You know you have pleased your guests when they request a return trip to someplace they have been. Doylestown is a great little city with neat buildings,
good food for any budget and great shopping .
The time you spend depends on how many of these four attractions you visit.
You choose to see. The Mercer home and tile works are on the same property.

At least one hour for the Art museum another for the tool museum across the street.
The house tour takes about an hour with maybe an half hour for the tile works which is on the same property requiring about 1 to 1.5 hrs.
The Art Museum and tool museum are across from each other and require about 1 hr each.

Visited August 2013
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