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Mercer Museum Opens New $12.5 Million Wing On Saturday, June 18

Bucks County’s National Historic Landmark Unveils New Addition to House State-of-the-Art Exhibition Gallery and Multi-flex Learning Center

PRLog - May 26, 2011 - PHILADELPHIA -- DOYLESTOWN, PA (May 2011) – Just in time for the summer tourist season, the Mercer Museum, owned and operated by The Bucks County Historical Society and located in Doylestown, Pa., will open its new, $12.5 million, 13,000-square-foot wing to the public on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The building will house a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery and multi-flex Learning Center.

According to the Mercer Museum’s Executive Director, Douglas Dolan, “The museum’s transformation will enhance Bucks County’s reputation as a prominent cultural destination in the Philadelphia region. In fact, with all the great museums in Doylestown, it’s a perfect day trip for enthusiasts from New York to Washington, D.C.”

On June 18, opening day admission will be free for the first 100 visitors. Festivities will include a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 a.m., live music including a drum/percussion performance by Drummers with Attitude, a “Rollo and Friends” puppet show, craft demonstrations, a Henry Mercer character and much more. Visit mercermuseum.org for a complete opening day activity schedule.

A juxtaposition of contemporary green museum architecture against the traditional concrete façade and space, the new wing of the Mercer Museum provides:
•   A 3,500-square-foot state-of-the-art changing exhibition gallery
•   Education space and resources in the new 1,000-square-foot Learning Center
•   Superior visitor amenities including ADA upgrades, improved parking facilities and visitor services

The green building is the first of its kind in Doylestown. It includes many environmentally-friendly and energy-saving components – from its green roof, water-conserving bathroom fixtures and radiant heat concrete flooring slabs to the recycled-content wall panels in the new exhibit gallery. The architectural firm Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP incorporated permeable paving for improved parking facilities. Adjacent to that, the grounds will be improved with a rain garden featuring plants native to the region. Construction on the Mercer Museum’s new wing began in December 2009.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, A World of Things: The Mercer Museum A-Z, offers a fresh look at the museum, its extensive, unique collections and its history. The first traveling exhibit, ToyTime, will open on December 17, 2011.

Admission to the Mercer Museum is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (65+), $5 for youth (ages 6-17) and free for museum members and children under six-years-old.

About the Mercer Museum: The Mercer Museum, owned and operated by The Bucks County Historical Society, is one of Bucks County's premier tourist attractions; offering visitors a unique window into pre-Industrial America as seen through the implements used in everyday life. The Museum's collection includes more than 40,000 objects, exhibiting the tools of more than 60 different crafts and trades, and providing one of the world's most comprehensive portraits of material culture in America. The Mercer Museum is located at 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa. and is open for self-guided exploration seven days a week. For more information, call 215-345-0210 or visit www.mercermuseum.org.

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