Michener Art Museum and Mercer Museum Host a Day of Exhibitions and Activities for Visitors Followed by Tree Lighting in Borough

Doylestown, PA–On Black Friday, families and holiday travelers seeking an alternative to crowded shopping malls can visit two world-class museums in Doylestown, PA. The James A. 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.

At the James A. Michener Art Museum, visitors are invited to view several special exhibitions, including George Sotter: Light and Shadow; Dedicated, Displayed, Discovered: Celebrating the Region’s School Art Collections; and A Time to Break Silence: Pictures of Social Change as well as permanent exhibitions such as the Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the Nakashima Reading Room, the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden, and A Living Legacy, a re-creation of the office of author and museum namesake James A. Michener.

Across the street at the Mercer Museum, 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 include classic wooden toys, circus toys, vintage board games, and Baby Boomer toys like a 1950’s era “Robby the Robot” mechanical figure and a 1960’s era Easy-Bake Oven. Visitors can also 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 museums will offer gift-buying opportunities to visitors through their respective museum shops.

After visiting the museums, visitors can walk a few short blocks to Main and State Streets, where the annual Doylestown tree lighting—which draws thousands of visitors and includes musical performances and a parade as well as the arrival of Santa via fire engine. To encourage strolling and shopping this holiday season, parking in the Doylestown borough will be free on Saturdays from November 25 through December 23.

In Doylestown, the Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine Street, and the Mercer Museum is located at 84 South Pine Street.