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Overview

The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer (1856-1930) and completed in 1916.  Today, it is one of Bucks County’s premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate.

The museum complex features local and national traveling exhibits, as well as a core museum collection of over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools. This permanent collection offers visitors a unique window into pre-Industrial America through sixty different crafts and trades, and is one of the world’s most comprehensive portraits of pre-Industrial American material culture. The museum also features a research library that is a center for local history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region, with its roots dating back to the founding of the Bucks County Historical Society in 1880.

Accessibility

The historic core of the Mercer Museum has an elevator and offers partial accessibility due to narrow passageways. This historic portion is not climate controlled and may experience fluctuations in temperature and humidity, depending on external weather conditions. The ground floor of the Mercer Museum features a modern and fully accessible, climate-controlled changing exhibit gallery, lecture space, museum shop and restrooms.

ROLLO'S FACTS

All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
Rollo's Fact 2

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