The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle feature some of the most diverse and important collections found in American museums. They range from early American tools and folk art to materials expressive of the rich history and culture of Bucks County and the nearby Delaware Valley. They include objects from other global cultures as well as those related to the art, architecture and scholarly interests of museum founder and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer. Among them are some 65,000 original artifacts, as well as thousands of books, manuscript materials, images and other archival materials.
In 1988, the James A. Michener Art Museum opened as an independent, non-profit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Delaware Valley region. The museum is named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, art collector, and philanthropist who first dreamed of a regional art museum in the early 1960s.
The Michener Art Museum hosts many special exhibitions and showcases important regional artists. Permanent collection highlights include the Nakashima Reading Room, the Daniel Garber mural A Wooded Watershed, and a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, Ladies Nights Out, family-themed activities, and other events. The Museum also offers art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs designed to enhance artistic awareness.