Hey everyone, this past weekend for Museum Day I went to the Mercer Museum* in Doylestown, PA. I didn’t know of its existence until Saturday when I looked up a list of participating museums in Pennsylvania and I’m super glad I went. It’s about a 2 hour drive from the Scranton area but it’s totally worth going to see (the Michener Art Museum is also right across the street!) and there’s ton of cute little shops for browsing.
There’s seven floors to the Museum, which you can read a lot more about its history and Henry Mercer, the designer, on their website (https://www.mercermuseum.org/ ). This place was a really exciting find for me and I would really love to intern there. When you first walk in on Floor 1, it’s so overwhelming and there are objects EVERYWHERE…and I mean all over the floor and the walls and there are chairs hung from the ceiling! Henry Mercer was really focused on pre-Industrial America and the tools we made to make living easier. This museum contains shoemaking objects to presses to an irrigation system to a literal wagon mounted to the side of a wall.
There are winding steps in this room that take you up and up and up and the higher you go, the worse the sense of vertigo is as you look down to people still on the bottom floor. I noticed that the Museum very smartly set up these signs that say ‘LOOK ACROSS’, so say you’re on Floor 3 and you’re looking at something across the room, you can look at its access number on the sign in front of you and it will tell you about the history of said object. It’s a very easy way to identify what exactly you’re looking at without having to walk around the Floor and waste any time.
My favorite Floor(s) were 6 and 7. They had these beautifully decorated tiles and iron works that were a lovely sight. I’m a sucker for depictions of biblical scenes and there were plenty. Walking up the winding stairs, the sense of age the building exudes, and the warm atmosphere all made this visit very enjoyable and I HIGHLY recommend you go if you have the chance!
*the image used for the feature was pulled from the Mercer Museum’s website