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Everyday Rhythms: Music at the Mercer | Open Now – December 31, 2023 Location: Mercer Museum Admission: Entry included with general Mercer Museum admission. Everyday Rhythms explores some of these common uses of music and musical instruments – shared across many regions, people and cultures. These instruments were once a part of the acoustic landscape – the soundscape – of everyday life around the globe. Instruments featured in the show include not only European-American forms, but also those from…learn more
Awaken: An Experimental Exhibit Prototype C | Open Now – April 30, 2023 Location: Mercer Museum Admission: Entry included with general Mercer Museum admission. Open now, we’re pleased to present an experimental prototype exhibit called Crossroads: Doylestown. Since Doylestown was founded in the 1700s, its small-town “heart” has been the intersection of what is now Main and State Streets, in the center of town. In this four-block “square,” and in other blocks nearby as the town expanded, residents have walked,…learn more
Treasures from the Vault: Seeds & Gardening | Thursday, April 20, 2023 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Mercer Museum Learning Center Admission: $5 General Admission/Free for BCHS Members Join Bucks County Historical Society Director of Library & Archives Annie Halliday for an evening highlighting gardening-themed artifacts and documents from the vaults of the Mercer Museum Library. Examine these treasures up close and learn fascinating facts about the museum’s archives collection. To register for Treasures from the Vault: Seeds…learn more
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
Among the oldest artifacts in the Mercer Museum are a 2,000 year old whale oil lamp and Native American implements dating to 6,000-8,000 BC.
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces. Completed in 1910 Fonthill boasted modern conveniences- 2 dumbwaiters, an Otis elevator, an intercom buzzer system and phones to communicate within the house.
“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.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
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