Current and Upcoming Exhibits


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.  Also on view, the companion exhibits: The Negative Imagery of Race: 100 Years of Stereotyping and A Selection of Quilts by Linda Salley in Honor of the African American Museum of Bucks County.

Exhibit is made possible through NEH on the Road. Adapted from an original show organized by The Center for Art, Design 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
Brian & Louise McLeod
Honorable Clyde W. Waite & Verna Hutchinson

Support for programming provided by: The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Pennsylvania Abolition Society, Melissa V. Bond, Attorney, Ceile E. Hedberg, Norman & Inez Bing, Joyce A. Hadley, Yvette E. Taylor-Hachoose and On Demand! Programs and Events.

Join us for these For All the World to See Programs:

La Citadelle: Layle Lane, Civil Rights Pioneer
Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m.

Film Showing and Discussion: Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders
Saturday, September 20, 2 p.m.

Distinguished Lecture: For All the World to See: Photography and Visual Media in Movements for Change
Saturday, September 27, 2 p.m.

Theatrical Concert: We Shall Not Be Moved!
Saturday, October 18, 3 p.m.


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.

House and Home
January 24, 2015 – March 15. 2015
Mercer Museum

What makes a house a home? Throughout American history, people have lived in all sorts of places, from military barracks and two‐story colonials to college dormitories and row houses. The exhibit embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history, and many cultural meanings of the American home through film clips, construction materials, domestic artifacts, and photographs

We need your help! What does your home say about you? Submit a photo and tell us. If we select your entry, it may be displayed as part of an upcoming exhibit at the Mercer Museum. Download the Entry Form here.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. House & Home was organized by the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., and curated by Sarah Leavitt. Additional support was provided by the Home Depot Foundation.