It's a history museum of everyday life in america during 18th and 19th centuries.Henry Mercer (1856-1930) gathered the collections and completed construstion of the Museum in 1916. The collection of 40,000 objects documents the lives and tasks of early Americans through the tools that met their needs and wants prior to the Industrial revolution,or before about 1850.
When you just enter the Museum the first thing that will attract your attention ( it’s actually next to the actual entrance )-TOOLS TO FIGHT VAMPIRE- cross, silver bullets and more!!! That was the beginning of a little argument if they exist, my friend Cindy said they don’t, but her husband disagreed. I think there are ones but not the one who sucks blood ,once who sucks your energy, I met this type.
My favorite thing over there are old class room in the roof galleries, clock and watch making exhibition, spinning and weaving exhibition, doctors medical tools, tobacco culture, kitchen utensils where the pot reminds me a witch from the cartoons stirring it and saying ‘I’ll make stew out of you” spookyyyyy!
Original library with a tile fire place under the stair case-is very neat and lovely! The have a little general store where you can imagine yourself buying some shoes, tobacco or may be a loaf of bread in the past century or ever earlier!
There’s thing to do for my child too like to take a baby doll in a basket stroller to a ride throughout the museum!
If you like modern art this museum is for you. You will not find my favorite Dali pictures here or something that the whole World knows about, it’s a picture of local artists, but there are a lot of interesting works there too. My personal favorites are “Rae in a Green dress” by Ben Solowey, “The seagulls Hunts” by Henry B Snell, etching exhibition and Nakashima Reading room-an installation of classic furniture from the studio of Bucks' county's internationally known woodworker,George Nakashima 1905-1990.The traditional Japanese-style room was disighned by his daughter,Mira and includes several important furniture pieces in the Nakashima tradition .
The James A Michener Museum is housed in a splendidly renovated historic site that formerly served as a county JAIL from 1884-1986. In 1988 with the support of many dedicated citizens, the Museum opened as independent, non-profit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. The museum is named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer –Prize winning writer and supporter of the arts who had first dreamed of a regional art museum in the early 1960’s.
The Patricia D Pfundt Sculpture at the middle of the back yard garden at the first glimpse make you think it’s a head of flamingo, but it’s actually a woman with leaned forward head as if she’s washing her hears .that’s what I fond of in a modern art that’s the reason I love Dali works. It’s really amazing how people can see different things looking at the same object.
Just outside of Doylestown is Earl Jamisons village dream come to life. Peddlers Village is a truly charming shopping experience. Gone is the hustle and bustle of the mall. In its place is a community of shops, eateries and attractions down winding cobblestone paths.
You may see other views of this village in my New Hope Off the beaten track tips.
Got lost but got inside a nice building "the Ag works" (Doylestown Agricultural Works)
there a French Restaurant called Cafe Arielle we had a wonderful meal and if you like the movie "Chocolat" you will know about what i am talking about regarding the desert - so do not eat to must home made bread!
Mercer realized at the beginning of the industrial age that many tools and implements would become obsolete. He collected thousands of farm, dental, tanning, carving and other tools. There is even a gallows inside the museum.