Collections Research

The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle offers collection access visits to those who are interested in inspecting, measuring, or photographing objects from the museum collection. These visits are great for:

· Researchers and students who need a closer look for a paper, book, or other project
· Reenactors who want to examine equipment for period-accurate uniforms
· Owners of historic homes hoping to reference era-appropriate hardware
· Tradespeople interested in studying the history or tools of their craft

If you’re interested in a Collections Access Visit please contact the Assistant Collections Manager to schedule an appointment. You will also be asked to provide the object number and title for the item you’re interested in viewing. Visitors can access our free online catalog for the museum object collection here. Inquiries can be directed to the Assistant Collections Manager, Emma Falcon through e-mail at or by phone at 215-345-0210 ext. 117.

The standard museum admission fee applies to these requests.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or in person at the museum. Members of the Bucks County Historical Society are free.
For researchers unable to make an on-site appointment, the Curatorial Department will conduct limited research in our catalog files and provide photocopies of relevant records. Please refer to our Document Retrieval Service for associated fees and details.


There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
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• The Mercer Museum will close early at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023 for a private event.

• Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, September 30, 2023 for a private event. The final tour of the day will start at 2:00 p.m.

Full schedule and ticket information can be found here.