Hours & Admission, Directions & Parking

On Thursday, August 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed Bucks County, PA as a county with “high transmission” of COVID-19. As such, CDC recommends that even fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, follow CDC state and local COVID-19 guidelines.

Masks are recommended inside of the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle.


Mercer Museum & Gift Shop Hours

Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday.

New timed-entry slots for Mercer Museum:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Exclusive hour for Seniors 65+ and Immunocompromised Guests
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – General Admission
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – General Admission
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – General Admission

Research Library

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer 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.

 

How to Buy Tickets

Mercer Museum & Library Admission

Members FREE
Adult $15
Senior (65 and up) $13
Youth (6-17) $8
5 and under FREE

Tickets are available online. You can bring a print-out of your ticket or your mobile phone confirmation as proof of purchase.

Any remaining tickets for timed-entry slots will be available for purchase at our castles on a first-come, first-served basis each day.

Credit cards are accepted for payment at both the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle.

See the Family Activities page to download materials prior to your visit.

ADMISSION DISCOUNTS:

Members and Member Guests:
Member: If you are a member, please book a “Member” ticket type.
Member Guest: If you have a “Member Guest Pass” ticket to redeem, please book a “Member” ticket type on our online platform and present your guest pass at museum check-in.

Admit One Pass:
If you have an Admit One Pass to redeem, please book a “Member” ticket type on our online platform and present your Admit One pass at museum check-in.

Library Membership Pass:
If you have a Library Membership Pass, please book a “Member” ticket type on our online platform and present your Library Membership Pass at museum check-in. These Membership Library passes are good for up to four people in a party (good for any combination of adults or children).  Use your own personal information, not the library’s name or address.

AAA:
$1 off adult ticket – AAA card required at check-in.
Discount code for online tickets is AAA.

Blue Star Families / Active Military:
Year-round free admission for active-duty military personnel and up to 5 family members – Active Military ID required at check-in.
Discount code for online tickets is MILITARY.

Local Teacher:
One free adult ticket for full-time teachers from PA, NJ and DE. – Valid School ID required at check-in.
Discount code for online tickets is TEACHER.

Veterans / Retired Military:
50% off an adult ticket for veterans or retired military.
Discount code for online tickets is VETERAN.
*Please select “adult” ticket type to receive this discount.

Accessibility

The original Mercer Museum is partially handicapped accessible (approximately 65%) by elevator. The new wing, which includes the changing Exhibition Gallery and Learning Center, is fully accessible including restrooms. Additional educational program areas are or can be fully accessible. Fonthill Castle has limited accessibility, however, a ground floor tour may be arranged. Please notify us when you make your reservation if your group includes individuals with special needs.

Please note that the historic castle portion of the Mercer Museum is not climate controlled and may experience fluctuations in both temperature and humidity depending on external weather conditions.

The main lobby and changing exhibit gallery at the Mercer Museum are climate-controlled.

Service animals are permitted at the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle in accordance with ADA guidelines. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide is directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Unaccompanied Children

Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older). Teenagers 13-17 may visit without an adult but are not permitted to supervise children 12 and younger.

Directions & Parking

The Mercer Museum has a free parking lot in front the building and  is located in historic Doylestown, PA, approximately 45 minutes north of Philadelphia.  The GPS address is: Pine Street & Scout Way.

Click here for directions using Google Maps.

Please feel free to email us at info@mercermuseum.org with any questions. We are here to help!

ROLLO'S FACTS

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.
Rollo's Fact 7

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Please note that Fonthill Castle will close early on Friday, October 1, & Saturday, October 2 for private events. On both days the last tour will take place at 2pm. Please see our mask recommendations here.
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