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Mercer Museum

Awaken ______: An Experimental Exhibit

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Exhibits, Featured

In 2019, the Mercer Museum, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, received a $230,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to support a major initiative over a period of two and a half years entitled, “Plus Ultra: Awakening the Mercer Museum Core.” Inspired by the Latin motto Plus Ultra, or “more beyond”, the Mercer Museum’s founder Henry Mercer spent his life as an archaeologist, historian, tile maker, storyteller, collector and advocate for human ingenuity. This experimental, capacity-building…

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This 45-minute virtual experience features a 15-minute recorded tour of the Mercer Museum’s famous Central Court, followed by an array of mesmerizing photographs and a live virtual Q&A conversation with one of our experienced tour guides. Book this one-of-a-kind virtual Zoom tour and sit back in the comfort of your own home as we take you on an historic escape through one of Bucks County’s most beloved gems. Advance registration is required for all. Admission is $10/General Admission virtual connection per…

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This 45-minute virtual experience features a 15-minute recorded tour of the Mercer Museum’s famous Central Court, followed by an array of mesmerizing photographs and a live virtual Q&A conversation with one of our experienced tour guides. Book this one-of-a-kind virtual Zoom tour and sit back in the comfort of your own home as we take you on an historic escape through one of Bucks County’s most beloved gems. Advance registration is required for all. Admission is $10/General Admission virtual connection per…

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Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle Evening Tours

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Featured, Tour

Delight in the splendor of a guided historic evening tour at Fonthill Castle. Fonthill Castle was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer and an early example of reinforced concrete architecture. Discover Mercer’s renowned ceramic tiles during these intimate 45-minute guided historic tours of the castle’s unique rooms and artifacts. Please note there are steep stairs and narrow, uneven passageways on this tour. Tours will be limited to 5 guests and one guide in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable…

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in a log house? Explore the daily life of colonial farmers with Mercer Museum educators during this virtual family program. Learn about the well pump, colonial games and toys, churning butter, and more! These 60-minute virtual experiences feature a 45-minute recorded journey in a colonial log house, followed by a live virtual Q&A conversation with our educators that is fun for the whole family. Advanced registration is required for this…

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in a log house? Bring the family down to the Mercer Museum for a live, in-person educational program where the whole family can explore the daily life of colonial farmers. Learn about the well pump, colonial games and toys, churning butter, and more! Each 45-minute session is reserved for a private family group with up to 6 people. All guests 3 and older are required to wear face coverings during…

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Join the Mercer Museum for this second virtual lecture with Chase Palmer, author of Postcards of Bucks County: The Complete Arnold Brothers Series. Explore the history of Bucks County and its landmarks through early postcards of images taken by the Arnold Brothers from the late 1890s through the turn of the 20th century. This lecture will tell the fascinating stories of the “unpublished Arnold negatives,” roughly 400 image negatives preserved in the archives of the Bucks County Historical Society. Chase…

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In this one-hour virtual multimedia program, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle educators bring the stories of Henry Mercer and his concrete castles to life through film clips, historic archives and modern-day images. Located in  Doylestown, Bucks County, PA, the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle are two historic castles that celebrate the life and legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), American archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramicist and scholar. A live discussion following the presentation brings the magic of Henry Mercer’s vision right into…

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Throughout this spring season, delight in the splendor of a virtual guided historic tour of Fonthill Castle in the heart of Doylestown, Bucks County, PA. These 45-minute virtual experiences feature a 30-minute recorded guided journey through Henry Chapman Mercer’s home, followed by a live virtual Q&A conversation with one of our experienced tour guides. Fonthill Castle is a showcase for Mercer’s renowned, handcrafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. The castle serves as an…

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Time Slots starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. $10 Private Group (up to 5 people – includes 1 kite) $15 Private Group (up to 5 people – includes 2 kites) $20 Private Group (up to 5 people – includes 3 kites) Join the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society at Fonthill Castle for this spectacular spring event! Learn to build and fly a kite with Clifford “The Kiteman” Quinn. Kites are available for purchase…

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All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
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