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Museums

Fonthill Museum
East Court Street & Route 313
Doylestown, PA 18901
http://www.mercermuseum.org/

Description:

In the early 1900s, Henry Mercer (historian and archaeologist) built Fonthill, a large poured concrete structure containing his collection of Moravian tiles and prints.  It is now a National Historic Landmark attracting 30,000 visitors a year. 

Why it’s our pick: We love the unusual beauty of this site, particularly the tree-lined driveway leading up to the house.

Hours:

Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun noon-5 pm; guided tours only, last tour @ 4 pm

Tickets:

Mercer Experience Ticket (Fonthill & Mercer Museums) $12.00
Adult     $ 8.00
Senior (age 62 and over)    $ 7.00
Youth (age 5-17)    $ 4.00
Members and under 5    FREE


Mercer Museum
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
http://www.mercermuseum.org/

Description:

Henry Mercer erected a 6-story concrete castle devoted to handmade American crafts that were used in everyday life before the eruption of the Industrial Revolution.  It is a National Historic Landmark. 

Why it’s our pick: We haven’t seen it, but we plan to visit really soon.

Hours:

Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun noon-5 pm; guided tours only, last tour @ 4 pm

Tickets:

Mercer Experience Ticket (Fonthill & Mercer Museums) $12.00
Adult     $ 8.00
Senior (age 62 and over)    $ 7.00
Youth (age 5-17)    $ 4.00
Members and under 5    FREE

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
130 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/Tileworks/index.aspx


Description:

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. He directed the work at the pottery from 1898 until his death in 1930. 
Why it’s our pick: Jen loves the poured concrete tile shop, where you can purchase a variety of handmade Moravian tiles commemorating the pre-Industrial Revolution era.

Hours:

Open Daily 10:00 am -4:45 pm

Tickets:

Adults - $3.50
(2 for 1 coupon: http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/Tileworks/Coupon.aspx)
Sr. Citizens - $3.00
Youth (ages 7 to 17) - $2.00
AAA - 10% off admissions

James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
http://www.michenermuseum.org/info


Description:

Home to a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the Michener in Doylestown also hosts nationally touring special exhibitions and showcases important regional artists. Additional highlights include the Nakashima Reading Room and the Daniel Garber mural. An outdoor sculpture garden pays homage to the Bucks County landscape.

Why it’s our pick: Jon hasn’t been here since he was in high school, but plans to go again soon.

Hours:

Tues. through Fri. (certain Wed.) 10 am-4:30 pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 12 pm-5 pm

Tickets:

Members: FREE
Adult: $6.50
Senior: $6.00
Students/Children age 6-18: $4.00
Children under 6: FREE

Byers' Choice, Ltd.
4355 County Line Rd
Chalfont, PA 18914
http://www.byerschoice.com


Description:

Byers’ Choice was started in the 1960s by a local family.  Together they created figurines whose mouths formed a recognizable “O”, cheerfully singing to celebrate the Christmas season.  Over 180 artisans craft each figurine by hand, which you can observe during your self-guided tour as well as see a charming display of all the figurine styles that have been designed over the years.
Why it’s our pick: It’s a Buck County tradition.  The Robinson household boasts a few of these figurines every Christmas.

Hours:

Mon. through Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm

Tickets:

FREE