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 Chair and a 1651 portrait of Edward Winslow, the only known contemporaneous Pilgrim portrait. The museum owns the remnants of the Sparrow Hawk, the only known remains of a trans-Atlantic 17th-century ship which wrecked off of Cape Cod in 1626. The Sparrow Hawk remnants are currently in storage. 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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  • The entry fee is a bit pricey for the size of this museum, but it contains lots of 17th century artifacts, which made it worth it, imo. For example, see a chair and bible belonging to William Bradford...  more »
  • Without this very interesting museum the trip to Plymouth would have been a complete waste of time. Much of the rest of the town was shut on a Tuesday!  more »
  • Not the largest museum in the world but very insightful on the history of the Pilgrims and Plymouth. A fair amount of original artifacts that came over on the Mayflower which was pretty neat to see an...  more »
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  • This is nice, little museum in the heart of downtown Plymouth. Sadly, the people who run this place treat their employees with such little dignity and respect. It's no wonder there is a revolving door of staff members leaving.
  • Pilgrim Hall houses an impressive collection of things that belonged to the original pilgrims. The video is engaging and interesting, and there is artwork on display upstairs depicting how our picture of who the pilgrims were has been shaped through history. This museum is a gem.
  • Beautiful building and museum. It is a little pricey at $12.00 per person, though. They offer discounts for active duty military, but not veterans.
  • Small musuem. No discounts except for active duty military. Historically important exhibits but you can be in and out in 30 minutes.
  • Very interesting reminder of history we learned in grade school. Actual articles used by the Pilgrims.
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