Mercer Museum

A castle filled with pre-industrial tools and artifacts


Mercer Museum

Credit: J. Totaro


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The Experience

This towering castle, an imposing landmark in otherwise low-rise Doylestown, shelters a museum where the mundane becomes fascinating. Each themed room winding up the castle stairs has dramatic displays of tools, folk art and articles used in everyday life in early America — before mechanization.

Every craft is represented: there are cobblers’ tools and log sleds, leatherworking hammers and threshing machines, tinsmithing wares and a vast room of horn and tortoise-shell works. The more than 40,000 items are packed floor to ceiling; in fact, many hang from the ceiling of the four-story central court, including a Conestoga wagon, whaling boat and antique fire engine.

The Martin & Warwick Foundation Galleries in the museum’s Great Hall feature changing exhibits which engage the entire family.

While your at the Mercer Museum, enhance your visit with audio guides, enjoy hands-on activities for kids and browse items available for purchase at the museum shop.