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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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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 6 guests and one guide in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable…

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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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Join the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society for a lively presentation as Patricia Troilo tells the story of Quaker Alice Paul, one of the leading American suffragettes of the 20th century. This program is free and advanced registration is required due to capacity limitations. Register for Alice Paul: The Quaker Fights for Equality 11:00 a.m. Program.  Register for Alice Paul: The Quaker Fights for Equality 1:00 p.m. Program. 

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In celebration of the spring season, virtually join Library & Archives Manager Annie Halliday for a Zoom lecture where she explores the origins of Bucks County’s historic Burpee Seeds and Landreth’s Seeds companies through items from the Mercer Museum’s Research Library archives. Registration for this program is required. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once you purchase your admission, you will receive a personalized link to this Zoom virtual program. Purchase tickets for Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

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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…

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Mercer Museum

Measurement Rules Exhibit

Category:
Educational, Exhibits, Family, Featured, Youth

Measurement Rules is a family-friendly, interactive exhibit created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Measurement Rules explores the meaning of size, height, length, weight and volume through a variety of hands-on activities like giant tape measures, treadmill odometers, balance scales and more! This playful exhibit, perfect for young children, teaches the fundamentals of measurement through fun questions like, “How many chickens do you weigh? How tall are you in apples or inches or pennies? Can you use your foot as a ruler?” Entrance to Measurement Rules is…

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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…

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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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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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