Monday, June 1, 2009

Mercer Museum

Vicki and I also went to the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. It has six floors of all sorts of things. "The core of the Mercer Museum collection was conceived by its founder as an encyclopedic assemblage of pre-industrial American material culture. Established in 1897, it is now recognized as one of the most extensive collections of artifacts associated with pre-1850 American life-ways and technological history. Comprising nearly 40,000 objects, the museum is especially renowned for its collections of tools and artifacts associated with pre-industrial trades, crafts, agriculture and domestic work. While originating primarily in the Middle Atlantic region, these collections also include thousands of objects from New England, Appalachia and the Deep South."

I think it's a very unusual place inside and out.

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29 comments:

itsnotjustapicture said...

it sounds like the sort of museum i would love to browse about in for an hour of so. especially since it contains a large collection of objects from new england, the deep south and appalachia.
thanks for sharing with us...and i will keep this in my file of places to visit in PA.
have a lovely evening.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I agree! That's just the kind of museum I would love to visit! It's collections sound really interesting. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Martha Z said...

It sounds like and interesting place. Given it's size, I can emagine the fatigue if one tried to see it all at once.

PierreJ said...

Hi James - thanks for an informative text and superb photo. Would love to visit the Museum!
Perhaps you would like sharing some of your experiences at trivago also?
Regards,
Pierre
http://www.trivago.co.uk/pennsylvania-34918

david mcmahon said...

Definitely my kind of museum, James. Thanks for the visit and comment.

ewok1993 said...

Imposing building. Interesting post. I would like to see what's inside.

Barb said...

That building looks absolutely Medieval. I wouldn't want to be the person in charge of cleaning windows! I was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA - I've lived in CO for 20 years now.

Cezar and Léia said...

This museum is huge! Wonderful place , façade and fabulous green grass!
Léia

Guy D said...

What a gorgeous museum, great shot.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Wren said...

It sounds a bit like the origins of the Smithsonian institute. And it would be worth seeing for the building alone - it looks like a castle.

SandyCarlson said...

Sounds like a marvelous pre-industrial place.

Paul said...

very interesting looking building you have there? Where does the Mercer part come from?

Martha (FL) said...

The Mercer Museum is fabulous, although I have not been there for quite some time.. it is one of those places I want to visit again once we are back in PA. 48 hours from now, we will be on the road (hopefully with 9 hours or so of driving out of the way toward PA!) We will be living only about 15 miles from Doylestown. I am so looking forward to new photo ops, of the old familiar places, my photography has changed a great deal since I last lived in the area!

Pam said...

I so enjoy go to museums and this one look to be wonderful. Thanks for visiting and the kind comment.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Good photo for today. Thanks for your comments on my site. I really like and respect Native American culture. The experience you had to observe a Hopi dance is very special. I too have been fortunate with being at the Hopi mesas and watching a dance. i really valued the experience.

magiceye said...

very impressive indeed!

Reader Wil said...

It's an unusual place indeed. It looks a bit like one of our castles! It must be interesting to spend some time in the museum itself. Thanks for showing!

hip chick said...

That look's like a great place to visit if I am ever in that area.

Maria said...

The building is impressive! The museum seems to be very interesting too!
Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Wolynski said...

I've been to Doylestown, but I missed this museum. Lovely photo.

mannanan said...

Looks a fantastic place to visit. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

Arija said...

A beautiful house from the outside as well. Good to have a museum for historical relics.

fishing guy said...

James: That looks like a swell place to visit.

Frank said...

Nice shot. Glad you captured it and shared. Thanks.

Gaelyn said...

Love the architecture. Sounds like an interesting museum.

m_m said...

Wonderful place like from a fairy tale! Great meadow full of fresh grass:)
Thanks for visiting our blog!
Regards,
m_m

Bogey said...

Very intriguing indeed. I love museums, especially the historical ones.

Life with Kaishon said...

My best friend Jen got married there. It is a very beautiful place!

Carver said...

What a beautiful museum. It looks like a treasure from the outside and I would like to go inside sometime.