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Magnificent Measures! The Hausman–Hill Collection of Calculating Instruments

May 23 @ 10:00 am - September 5 @ 5:00 pm

| Included with museum admission.

Details

Start:
May 23 @ 10:00 am
End:
September 5 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
Included with museum admission.
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Venue

Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901 United States
Phone:
215-345-0210

Magnificent Measures! The Hausman–Hill Collection of Calculating Instruments, is an exhibit featuring rare examples of historical measuring instruments drawn from the private collection of Bucks County residents Kathryn Hausman and Jim Hill.

Over the last fifty years, Hausman and Hill have built one of the most extensive private collections of early colonial and 19th-century American measuring implements. Many of the early measuring tools and complex instruments on display embody the sophisticated scientific principles that helped map, measure, and build early America.

Magnificent Measures! The Hausman–Hill Collection of Calculating Instruments includes instruments for measuring the weather (thermometers, barometers), land (surveying instruments), and the human body (a tailor’s rulers and other implements for gauging the size of arms, legs, waists, feet, heads and fingers for crafting clothing and accessories).

The exhibit showcases the work of significant early makers of measuring implements, such as notable 18th and 19th-century craftsmen Anthony Lamb, Rufus Porter, Thomas Greenough, Justus Roe, Caleb Leach, and the Chapin Family of Connecticut. Historic photographs and documents of these makers and their businesses add to the exhibit’s appeal.

Entrance to Magnificent Measures! The Hausman-Hill Collection of Calculating Instruments is included with general Mercer Museum admission. The Mercer Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m via timed-entry slots. Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Purchase Mercer Museum tickets to explore our Magnificent Measures! exhibit.

ROLLO'S FACTS

“Lucy” the horse was part of the work crew that built both Fonthill and the Mercer Museum. She hoisted the loads of mixed concrete up to workers.
Rollo's Fact 5

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Please note that Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, October 30, 2021, for a private event. The last tour will take place at 2:00 p.m. Please see our mask recommendations here.
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