Last night, Trinity and I went with Megan, Dave, and Charlie to the Holiday Open House at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It was a bit of a drive for us, but we had a good time. Well, we always do. It’s more about who you’re with than what you’re doing, in my opinion. Anything can be fun with the right people!
The Mercer Museum is a pretty interesting place. Henry Mercer designed the six story building specifically to house his large collection of pre-industrial artifacts. It also includes a library that is home to a lot of historic research material.
It’s a really unique place. There’s a huge atrium in the center of the building that has artifacts bolted to the wall. It’s pretty crazy.
I was pretty amused by the chairs and desks on on the ceiling!
According to the website, there are over 40,000 tools and artifacts on display at the museum.
Trinity and Charlie both enjoyed the ‘learn how to drive a carriage’ display.
I have one bad thing, though. There are guide rails around the atrium on all floors, but the space between them is pretty large. At one point, we were on the 5th floor, and Charlie went running towards the guide rail. I think all of our hearts stopped beating in that moment. I got to her first, scooped her up, and we headed down the stairs.
So, if you have small children, just beware!
We weren’t really there to tour the museum as much as we were there to see Santa and enjoy the holiday festivities. They had carolers, choirs, and handbell choirs in different parts of the museum and outside.
They had a gourmet hot chocolate inside. We didn’t sample that, but we did partake in the spiced hot cider outside. It was even cooked in pots over a fire!
We waited in line to see Santa, hoping Charlie would sit on his lap. Since I’m the unofficial group photographer, I felt a bit of pressure to get a good shot.
I had a lot of factors stacked against me. Charlie was scared and the lighting was awful! They had spotlights, which would have been fine if they weren’t behind Santa.
I even made my almost-teenager sit on Santa’s lap for a photo. She told him she wanted a Chinchilla for Christmas. She’s a good sport.
The description of the event on the website said that Santa was giving away commemorative ornaments. They ended up being miniature tree cookie cutters with a ribbon for hanging. It wasn’t quite what we expected, but again, another memory. I’ll think about this evening every year when I hang that ornament.
I honestly don’t know if we’ll go back next year. It was really busy, and we had to wait in a long line to see Santa. We did have a fun time. We’ll see. We did, however, say that we would like to go back to tour the museum at some point!
I’d also like to visit some of the other places built by Henry Mercer, like Fronthill Castle. I think we could manage both these things in one day. It’s on my list of possible future adventures.
Tonight is Trinity’s winter concert for choir. Saturday is Daniel’s company Christmas Party. We’re hoping to get to Philly on Sunday to do a few Holiday things. It’s shaping up to be a pretty busy week! I’m glad I got all my shopping and wrapping done already. Now I can just enjoy everything without too much stress!
Do you guys have any fun events planned for the Holidays?