Buy Tickets & What to Expect

On Thursday, August 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed Bucks County, PA as a county with “high transmission” of COVID-19. As such, CDC recommends that even fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, follow CDC state and local COVID-19 guidelines.

Masks are recommended inside of the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle.

Below are key items to keep in mind before you arrive and during your visit.


Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle Operating Hours:

Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

Hours subject to change.


Our Castles:

Yes, we have two castles!

They are located one mile apart in the heart of Doylestown, PA, and you will need to buy a separate ticket for each.

Please read about each castle below to ensure you are selecting the correct one before you purchase your ticket.
                                           

Mercer Museum

84 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-0210

Fonthill Castle

525 E. Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 348-9461

Learn more about the Mercer Museum.

Learn more about Fonthill Castle.

Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

Hours subject to change.

Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

Hours subject to change.

Self-guided, 2-hour time slot museum visit.

Gallery guides are available in the museum to answer any questions.

Your visit is only for the two-hour time slot you select.

You may enter once your time slot begins and you must exit at the end of your time slot. 

60-minute guided tour with a tour guide only.

The last tour of the day usually begins at 4:00 p.m. and is subject to change.
Tour times are located at our ticketing button below. 

Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your tour’s start time and check-in at the Fonthill Castle Welcome Center.

Late arrivals will not be accommodated.

Last-minute tickets are not guaranteed on the day of your visit. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

History:

The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer and completed in 1916.

Today, it is one of Bucks County’s premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate.

The museum features local and national traveling exhibits, as well as a core museum collection of over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools.

It is famous for the unique way that artifacts are displayed throughout its Central Court as if suspended in mid-air.

History:

Fonthill Castle was the home and showplace of Henry Mercer.

The castle serves as an early example of reinforced concrete architecture and features forty-four rooms, over two hundred windows and eighteen fireplaces.

Fonthill Castle’s interior features Mercer’s renowned, handcrafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement.

 

 

IMPORTANT:

Timed-entry slots for Mercer Museum:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Exclusive hour for Seniors 65+ and Immunocompromised Guests
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – General Admission
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – General Admission
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m. – General Admission 

Your visit is only for the two-hour time slot you select.

You may enter once your time slot begins and you must exit at the end of your time slot. 

Hours and program schedules are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your tour’s start time and check-in at the Fonthill Castle Welcome Center.

Late arrivals will not be accommodated.

Last-minute tickets are not guaranteed on the day of your visit. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

 

Ticket Pricing:

Adults: $15
Senior (65 and up): $13
Youth (6-17): $8
Ages 5 and under: FREE

Ticket Pricing:

Adults: $15
Senior (65 and up): $13
Youth (6-17): $8
Ages 5 and under: FREE

Parking:

Guests for the Mercer Museum will enter via the Helen Gemmill Plaza entrance, adjacent to the museum’s parking lot located on Scout Way, between Green Street and Pine Street.

Parking:

Guests for Fonthill Castle will park in the designated areas of the site’s parking lot and should enter via the Swamp Road (Rt. 313) entrance.

Accessibility:

The ground floor of the Mercer Museum features a modern wing that is fully accessible and climate-controlled with a changing exhibit gallery, lecture space, museum shop, and restrooms.

The historic castle portion of the Mercer Museum has an elevator and offers partial accessibility due to narrow passageways. It is not climate-controlled and may experience fluctuations in temperature and humidity, depending on external weather conditions.

Service animals are permitted at the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle in accordance with ADA guidelines. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide is directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. 

Accessibility:

Due to its historic nature, Fonthill Castle has limited accessibility with steep stairs and narrow, uneven passages throughout the site.

Please notify us if your group includes individuals with accessibility needs.

Service animals are permitted at the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle in accordance with ADA guidelines. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide is directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. 

 

Mercer Museum Tickets

Exclusive Hour Tickets for Seniors 65+ and Immunocompromised Guests 
Fonthill Castle Tickets

* Hint: Search for the Mercer Museum date and time you want by clicking “Other Dates” and “Other Times” on the ticketing page.

All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be exchanged for a new date or time.

* Hint: Search for the Fonthill Castle tour date and time you want by clicking “Other Dates” and “Other Times” on the ticketing page.

All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be exchanged for a new date or time.

 

Before You Arrive:

  • Tickets are available online. You can bring a print-out of your ticket or your mobile phone confirmation as proof of purchase.
  • Any remaining tickets for timed-entry slots and guided tours will be available for purchase at our castles on a first-come, first-served basis each day.
  • In an effort to keep our guests and staff safe, we ask that you kindly refrain from visiting the castles if you are feeling unwell. 

During Your Visit:

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the museum for guests to use.
  • Elevators will be limited to one individual/group party at a time.

Mercer Museum Library Hours: 

    • Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For library inquiries, please email mmlib@mercermuseum.org


ADMISSION DISCOUNTS:

Members and Member Guests:
Member: If you are a member, please book a “Member” ticket type.
Member Guest: If you have a “Member Guest Pass” ticket to redeem, please book a “Member” ticket type on our online platform and present your guest pass at museum check-in.

Admit One Pass:
If you have an Admit One Pass to redeem, please book a “Member” ticket type on our online platform and present your Admit One pass at museum check-in.

Library Membership Pass:
If you have a Library Membership Pass, please book a “Member” ticket type on our online platform and present your Library Membership Pass at museum check-in. These Membership Library passes are good for up to four people in a party (good for any combination of adults or children).  Use your own personal information, not the library’s name or address.

AAA:
$1 off adult ticket – AAA card required at check-in.
Discount code for online tickets is AAA.

Blue Star Families / Active Military:
Year-round free admission for active-duty military personnel and up to 5 family members – Active Military ID required at check-in.
Discount code for online tickets is MILITARY.

Local Teacher:
One free adult ticket for full-time teachers from PA, NJ and DE. – Valid School ID required at check-in.
Discount code for online tickets is TEACHER.

Veterans / Retired Military:
50% off an adult ticket for veterans or retired military. 
Discount code for online tickets is VETERAN.
*Please select “adult” ticket type to receive this discount.

Please feel free to email us at info@mercermuseum.org with any questions. We are here to help! 

ROLLO'S FACTS

In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
Rollo's Fact 4

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Please note that Fonthill Castle will close early on Friday, October 1, & Saturday, October 2 for private events. On both days the last tour will take place at 2pm. Please see our mask recommendations here.
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