COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends,

As we monitor the daily developments of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle continue to follow best practices according to official guidelines and announce the following measures in order to safeguard our guests, volunteers and staff:

 

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle Daily Admission

In an effort to limit the pathways for community transmission, the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle will close to the public through Thursday, April 30, 2020. This includes the library at the Mercer Museum.

 

Community Programs

We have made the difficult decision to cancel all public programming across our two sites at least through Saturday, May 2, 2020. This includes:

  • Family Program: The Colonial Farm Experience on April 10 & April 18
  • Tower Tours on April 11
  • Special Lecture: 200 Years Of Bucks County Art & Artists on April 14
  • Smithsonian Channel Documentary “Mysteries Of The Rainforest” on April 20
  • Smithsonian Channel Documentary “An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch” on April 22
  • Beyond The Frame: Exhibit Tour on April 23
  • Fonthill Castle Evening Tours on April 24 & April 25
  • Earth Day on April 25
  • The ABCs of Civics on April 27 
  • Dolls Day Out on May 2
  • Fonthill Castle Escape Room on May 2, May 9, May 16 & May 23
  • 5th Annual Kite Day at Fonthill Castle on May 17
  • Friends of BCHS Amelia Earhart Presentation on May 18 (Rescheduled for September 21)
  • Plus Ultra Society Recognition Event on May 21

If you have purchased tickets to any of the above programs, you will be contacted by a member of staff for a refund. 

 

National History Day at Delaware Valley University (Bucks Mont Regional Contest)

After much consideration, and with heavy hearts, we will be canceling this year’s Bucks Mont NHD regional contest altogether.
 
Many of our teachers and students had no time to prepare for what was to come, and the great many restrictions and/or disparities that our students currently face via-a-vis physical access to their projects, social distancing requirements, local distance learning restrictions and fair and equitable access to digital workarounds, make this year’s contest conditions untenable.
 
As regional NHD coordinators, every year we give each and every student the same chances and opportunities to showcase their hard work, and this model is based on our ability to provide an even playing field to every student and every category. COVID-19 prevented that from happening this year.
 
We know that many will find relief in this decision, and some may be disappointed. Please know that our commitment to students and learning has never been stronger. We will stay in touch in the months to come and offer students who would like to share their projects and receive feedback the opportunity to do so. Our team will be working on new ways to showcase this year’s projects at the Mercer Museum once we re-open to the public. 

All communication and questions can be sent to historyday@mercermuseum.org.

 

School and Group Programs

At this time, we will not be hosting school & group tours at the Mercer Museum or Fonthill Castle through May 2020.

This situaion remains fluid as more delveopments around COVID-19 come out. For inquires about future group tours, please contact Dan Miller, Program Manager, Reservations & Group Tours, at dmiller@fonthillmuseum.org

 

Need to Contact Us?

Please email info@mercermuseum.org if you have a specific question regarding any of the above and we will put you in touch with the correct staff member.

Thank you for your cooperation as we take important steps to ensure the safety of our guests and staff members.

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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