If you're looking for something fun to do this summer then check out the Mercer Museum. This unique place was designed by Henry Mercer. Check out this museum as a fun afternoon outing.
The Mercer Museum sits in the heart of historical and eclectic Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The Museum is located 25 miles north of Philadelphia. The address is 84 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901.
Designed by Henry Mercer and completed in 1916, the Mercer Museum is an impressive reinforced concrete castle with seven floors to explore. The highly reviewed Mercer Museum offers an immersive experience into pre-industrial American life. It permanently houses 50,000 artifacts of every-day life and showcases 2,000 trades in unique and interesting ways. The oldest artifacts date back to 8,000 to 6,000 B.C. and some favored pieces include an ancient oil lamp, a whaling boat, and gallows. There are 55 rooms to explore with tools uniquely displayed and hanging in every nook, cranny, and alcove just waiting to be discovered. Some of the permanent displays include exhibits of blacksmithing, gunsmithing, mining, shingle making, and among many more.
The historical Mercer Museum greets visitors from all 50 states every year and is affiliated with the Smithsonian. It houses a comprehensive Research Library and hosts various local and national traveling events. Children are welcome to enjoy the museum’s interactive experiences designed just for them, including the hands-on exhibit, “Animals on the Loose,” and the Imagination Gallery. The Owl Terrace Gallery is home to changing exhibits so there is always something new to see. The Museum Shop is a gift shop located on the first floor and offers jewelry, books, educational toys, souvenirs, and pottery to remember your visit.
While in the area, the whole family can visit the 108-acre Kids Castle Central Park, an expansive park with walking trails and an expansive playground, and Fonthill Castle, the palatial home of Henry Mercer. Downtown Doylestown offers a charming atmosphere with a mix of markets, local businesses, and rich history. There are a variety of nearby restaurants with glowing reviews, including Harper & Penny’s, Zad Al Basha Mediterranean Grill, Spuntino Wood Fired Pizzeria, Bocelli’s Restaurant, and Las Frida’s Mexican Kitchen.
To get to Mercer Museum from Performance Jiu Jitsu, take I-80 W from Midland Avenue for 15.3 miles. Merge right to take exit 43 toward I-287. Keep right then follow I-287 S for 25.6 miles. Take exit 17 on the left and follow US-202 S. Turn right onto US-202 BUS/E State St, turn left onto E Ashland St., and then turn left onto S Pine St. Click on the link to visit another fun attraction.