November 22, 2016
This Black Friday, avoid the crowded shopping malls and visit two world-class museums in Doylestown! The Michener Art Museum and Mercer Museum expect to see double their normal attendance and have a full-slate of activities planned for visitors who come out!
Check out any one of the special exhibitions on view at the Michener such as The Death of Impressionism? Disruption and Innovation in Art, which explores stylistic transformations, changing taste, and cultural shifts during the past century of American art. Or take a peek at one of our permanent exhibitions such as the Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism or the Nakashima Reading Room.
Across the street at the Mercer, visitors will enjoy self-guided tours of the museum’s six-story castle and its popular annual exhibit, Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys. Under the Tree features Christmas trees decorated with period ornaments that show the evolution of this Christmas tradition from the 1890s through the 1960s. Toys on display range from the Victorian era through the 1980s, and visitors can play with oversize versions of games like Connect Four, Checkers and Snakes and Ladders. In the Mercer’s Log House, food historian Susan Plaisted will explore the history of gingerbread as it evolved from a mixture of ginger and breadcrumbs to the present-day “gingerbread man.”
Both museum shops will be open and will offer great gift-buying opportunities to visitors!
Don’t forget to stick around for the annual Doylestown tree lighting—which draws thousands of visitors and includes a parade and evening-long appearance featuring Santa as well as a series of musical performances. The event will take place at 5:30 pm. The tree lighting also kicks off Doylestown’s Small Business Weekend, which will showcase the locally owned stores and restaurants in Doylestown and will feature discount offers, unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, a festive holiday atmosphere, and personalized service from friendly business owners. Parking in downtown Doylestown will be free every weekend throughout the holiday season.
We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving holiday and hope to see you all on Black Friday in the borough!