Current and Upcoming Exhibits


Playing Together: Games
January 25, 2014 – May 11, 2014
Mercer Museum

Hands-on exhibit invites kids of all ages to explore and play games from around the world and across the centuries.  As visitors play together, they not only have fun, they also learn cooperation, build skills, gain knowledge, and share memories.  Included are games of strategy, math, luck and physical coordination.  The focal point of the exhibit is an oversized chess board with giant playing pieces.  Also included is a “House of Cards” play area, where visitors can try out a variety of other board games while enjoying the exhibit.  Accompanying the interactive portion of the exhibit is a display of original board games from the 1800s and early 1900s, from the Judy and Bud Newman Collection.  These early games feature stunning color lithography, interesting playing pieces, and intriguing content.  Playing Together: Games was designed and built by the Children’s Museum of Memphis for the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Sponsored by:

Judy and Bud Newman 
Susan E. Kane


America's Road: The Journey of Route 66
May 31, 2014 – August 24, 2014
Mercer Museum

This exhibit takes visitors on a geographical and historical tour of the iconic highway, from the highway’s opening in 1926, up to the present day. Graphic displays, props, artifacts, interpretive text, and interactive experiences – including a drive-in theater and a period radio show – help deliver the story. Themes include American migration, the evolution of automotive travel, roadside architecture, and technological and cultural innovation. Included, too, with the exhibit is a photo essay created by photographer and author Russell Olsen. Olsen researched and photographed 75 classic service stations, motor courts, restaurants and other sites along Route 66. The Mercer Museum will augment the exhibit with vintage automobiles and other items of automotive culture. On display, will be a 1969 Mercedes 600 (short-wheelbase), once owned by Elvis Presley. Route 66 is produced and traveled by NRG! Exhibits of Kirkland, Washington.

Sponsored by: 


Law Offices of William L. Goldman

David and Dorree Wickman

Join us for these America's Road themed programs and activities which are held in the Mercer's Putman Learning Center. They are included with museum admission and FREE for members.

America’s Roads Program Series: A Journey along Route 66
Saturday, May 31, 2 pm,

America’s Roads Program Series: Are We There Yet? On the Road in America
Sunday, June 8, 2 pm

Make and Take Craft Activity: “Go Tube Racer, Go”
Sunday: June 15 & July 20, 1-3 pm

Craft Activity and Story Time: “Busy Town”
Saturdays: June 28 & August 2, Noon – 1:30 & 3:30 - 5 pm

America’s Roads Program Series: Langhorne Speedway
Sunday, June 29, 2 pm

America’s Roads Program Series: Traveling the Lincoln Highway
Saturday, July 19, 2 pm

Make and Take Craft Activity: “Go Tube Racer, Go”
Sundays: July 20, 1-3 pm

America’s Roads Program Series: Off the Beaten Path–Roadside Delights of the ‘50s & ‘60s
Sunday, July 27, 2 pm

America’s Roads Program Series: Greetings from Bucks County!
Sunday, August 10, 2 pm

Doylestown Walking Tour: Automotive History and Culture
Friday, August 15, 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm

Matchbox/Hot Wheels Derby Day
Saturday, August 16, Noon – 3 pm

A transportation-themed family scavenger hunt through the Museum is also available at the Mercer Welcome Desk for the duration of the exhibit.


For All the World to See: Visual Culture & the Struggle for Civil Rights
September 6, 2014-October 26, 2014
Mercer Museum
The exhibit examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940’s to the mid-1970’s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency. Exhibit is made possible through NEH on the Road. Adapted from an original show organized by The Center for Art, Dsign and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

Sponsored by:

Tom and Patti* Thomas




Additional programming support provided by:  Melissa V. Bond, Attorney, Ceile E. Hedberg, Norman & Inez Bing, Joyce A. Hadley



Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Mercer Museum
An annual museum tradition that captures the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view. Amidst trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, from the 1860s to the 1960s, visitors discover an array of toys and games like those that once delighted children on Christmas mornings. Exhibit features decorations and toys from the Mercer Museum and major private collections, with new objects on view each year.