If you LOVE history, then Pennsylvania is a pretty great state to be in! One of the great historic attractions that you can explore is the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle - yes, a castle!
Here, kids can go back in time and see what life was life during the 1850s, through the rooms and alcoves that you can explore within the museum. They can see first hand what daily life was like in a pre-Industrial world. We wonder how different it might have been to what life is like today - pretty different we imagine!
Within the Mercer Museum, there are over 40,000 objects that can show you how wonderful handmade items were, before machines came along and took over.
Kids can see a number of trade and domestic items, from hand tools to horse-drawn vehicles, that have been collected and preserved to showcase this fascinating period in time.
About a mile from the museum is the Fonthill Castle, which was built to show off tiles and prints of Henry Mercer. For those who love architecture, it's an amazing mix of Medieval, Gothic and Byzantine!
Both these historic structures have permanent exhibits that bring everyday life in the USA during the 18th and 19th centuries back to life.
At the Mercer Museum, you can walk freely to any of the 55 rooms, and explore alcoves and exhibits.
Fonthill Castle, with it's 44 rooms, and 18 fireplaces, can be seen via guided tour.
A fascinating history filled day out in Pennsylvania!
$14 each. $24 for both castle & museum
$8 each (ages 6-17). $15 for both.
Grab something to eat in the area before you head on over!
Fonthill Castle is by guided tour only. Call ahead for schedule. The first tour on weekdays is 11am, Saturdays it's 10:30am and Sundays it's 12pm. Last tour is 4pm. Booking in advance is recommended
Bring that pocket money because there is a gift shop available! Gifts, pottery, stoneware, toys, and history related items can all be found!
They LOVE students visiting! They offer hands-on programs and tours that educate and enchant, and they have programs for both the castle and the museum
The Mercer Museum is 65% accessible, and castle has limited accessibility with only 4 rooms accessible via wheelchair. A special tour can be arranged.
They have great youth camps and workshops too!