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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 β€” 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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  • Nice little museum documenting the pilgrams history in Plymouth. Be sure to watch the video presentation it helps as you later go through the exhibits.  more »
  • Husband and I went here midweek and it was not busy at all. Make sure to watch the 15 minute video first. It was refreshing to witness how people in the 1600's-1700's were able to persevere in the fac...  more »
  • An excellent tribute to the Pilgrim colony. There are friendly and informative people working there to help you enjoy your visit. Many artifacts and antiques on display. The displays seem to change so...  more »
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  • Interesting place to explore. Interactive and engaging. Easy to do in 1-2 hours
  • Loved the wedding dress exhibit. America, we have a fascinating history! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Very nice, wish there were more artifacts. The paintings were amazing.
  • Alright.. museum has 15min video explaining reason why settlers decided to come, details of initial contact with natives and early thanksgiving. Its a very small museum, $10 is entry fee. Some artifacts of first settlers are on display like bible, weapons, documents, ....
  • Great museum! While walking through Downtown Plymouth do not pass by this place