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Mercer Museum, Doylestown

(4.6/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Enter Mercer Museum's six-story, concrete castle for a trip back in time. The Museum was completed in 1916 to house Henry Chapman Mercer's vast collection of early American everyday objects. You will find more than 60 early American crafts and trades represented.
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  • I live nearby, so I gathered up a few friends for a field trip. We went to Fonthill Castle first, then drove over to this museum. It was January, so we had coats on. Good thing, too, because it is fre...  more »
  • I took my son and his (both 15) friend to view the museum. At first, they were impressed by what they saw and who wouldn't be. The 5+floors share an open air style architecture and things hang from ev...  more »
  • Best collection in a small building, well organized and COLD. The weather outside was 25 degrees and there is no insulation. Allow about 2 hours to see, most of it. Although there is some wheel chair ...  more »
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  • A very unique museum, and certainly a worthwhile place to visit. It is fun to get a look into the life of earlier Americans. My favorite thing about the place is probably the building itself, there are so many nooks and crannies to explore with interesting and odd architecture. The sections made for kids are pretty poorly done, but otherwise it's a nice museum.
  • This museum is one of a kind! It is a giant multi-story building built more than a hundred years ago. It is made of poured concrete! Henry Mercer collected amazing apparatus of work implements that had been used through the centuries that he saw were disappearing from use in the eighteen-hundreds. When his collection got giant he decided to make a museum to have them all displayed in so people would forever be able to see what people did all their work with in the future. He was very worried about fire so he made the entire museum with no lighting and lots of windows. The wole thing is out of poured concrete. Later when electricity came they wired the building. You can spend most of the day here checking out the building and the absolutely amazing collection and it's significance. This is a must-see tour if you are anywhere near it and you have a interest in history at all.
  • I don't think there is another place like this in the world. Mercer's collection of early American industry's tools fills the 7 story structure that he designed and built of concrete. An elevator takes you to the top floor and you walk down, a gallery at each level circling the central space which contains complete boats, a stage coach and hundreds of examples of tradeworkers tools and equipment.
  • This place is amazing. Came here for a wedding and the museum happened to be open. Awesome place.
  • very historic. very hot and muggy. tall with many different cool things. children's area with air conditioning