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Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth

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The Pilgrim Hall Museum at 75 Court Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts is the oldest public museum in the United States in continuous operation, having opened in 1824.HistoryThe Pilgrim Society, established in 1820, runs the museum. The museum tells the story of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony. Architect Alexander Parris designed the museum building, which is built of Quincy granite and opened in 1824. Russell Warren constructed a wooden portico in 1834, which had Doric columns supporting a triangular pediment. The museum was extensively upgraded in the 1880s, and a library wing added in 1904. In 1922 the original wooden portico was replaced by the present six-column Greek Revival temple front, which was designed by McKim Mead & White. In 2008, an addition was added to the museum along with a new sign, activities, and advertising throughout the downtown area. Its building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.CollectionsThe Pilgrim Hall Museum contains artifact collections, artwork, a library, and archives. Prominent pieces include original Pilgrim era artifacts, such as: The original Brewster ChairA 1651 portrait of Edward Winslow, the only known contemporaneous Pilgrim portraitThe 1626 shipwreck of the Sparrow Hawk, the only known remains of a trans-Atlantic 17th-century ship — but the ship is currently (2009) displayed at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. The top part of Plymouth Rock sat in front of the building from the 1830s to the 1880s, when it was reunited with the bottom half in the Plymouth waterfront. A portion of the Rock was retained at the museum where visitors are currently permitted to touch it.
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  • This is apparently the oldest museum in the US. The basement area contains exhibits and information about the Pilgrim landings and settlement. There is a film telling the story of the Founding Fathers...  more »
  • Smart companion visit to the Mayflower. Well worth 2 hours of your time to view and learn the accurate history of Pilgrims coming to America. We especially liked the huge paintings/renderings of what ...  more »
  • Fascinating, fun for all ages. Clean, well lighted. Welcoming staff. Teens and pre-teens loved the interaction and scavenger hunt program. Highly recommend it for all ages.  more »
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  • Great history. My son loved the treasure hunt and it helped him learn more about our history. All of the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the bathrooms were sparkling clean.
  • Great Collection of art work and history of the original colony and area.
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  • Never went into the museum but behind it you have a nice view of the water and there are some nice memorial's on the hill.
  • My husband and I enjoyed the "interpretation" paintings of events of history. The explanations of how they visioned and how off the mark they were. Opened my eyes to a few missed details. We will be bring my parents, when they come for a visit.