155 Samoset St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: (508) 746-2800
Fax: (508) 746-3485
155 Samoset St., Plymouth, MA, US, 02360
- Phone: (508) 746-2800
- Fax: (508) 746-3485
Arts & Museums
The Plymouth colony, which lasted from 1620-1692, is firmly embedded in the collective imagination as one of the major chapters in the story of the United States. This museum reveals some of the earliest pages in that story, through artifacts both famous (William Bradford's Bible) and humble (household artifacts). It also acknowledges the other, and often overlooked, characters in the story: the native Americans who had settled these shores many centuries before Europeans came sailing in on the Mayflower. A gift shop carries reproductions of many of the museum's artifacts.
In downtown Plymouth, one will find the Ocean Spray sponsored Cranberry World that features exhibits that trace the history and procedures involved in the cultivation of cranberries.
With a museum, a library and more, this organization strives to help the many descendents of those who braved the journey to the New World aboard the Mayflower to trace their lineage and learn the history of their ancestors who came to Plymouth from Europe, as well as information regarding the following generations who settled New England and spread out to other areas of what was to become the United States.
In the 1950s, shipbuilder William Baker designed and built this accurate recreation of the cramped vessel the Pilgrims took from England to the New World. In 1957, the new ship sailed from Plymouth, England to Cape Cod, retracing the original Mayflower journey. Today, it is moored in Plymouth and serves as a living history museum. Tour guides take visitors through the ship, painting a vivid picture of the misery endured by passengers and crew on the 1620 voyage.
This living museum recreates Plymouth as it was in 1627, and does a great job at separating fact from the enduring (and completely inaccurate) legend of the First Thanksgiving. Historians and curators have paid great attention to detail, from the street plans to furniture, tools, and cooking equipment. Specially bred 17th-century livestock occupies the barns and pastures, and trained reenactors and artisans demonstrate how life was lived among the Pilgrims. In addition to information on the European colonists, visitors can find information on the Native American population at Hobbamock's Homesite. Hobbamock, a Wampanoag Indian, lived with his family in Plymouth from 1621-1641, as part of a peace treaty agreement.
This faithful reproduction of the Mayflower includes a host of educational exhibits that trace the history and show the sailing techniques involved in the historic voyage of the original Mayflower in 1620.
Art Complex Museum is made up of the fantastic collection of the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser family. It houses prints that are as ancient as the 1800's—Shaker-era furniture, Asian art, and American paintings, including six oil paintings by George Bellows are all the treasures you will find here. The museum is also well known for its Japanese tea ceremonies held at the Wind in the Pines at the Japanese Garden. It hosts a number of concerts throughout the year. Combining art and other finer things in life, this place is a must-visit for those looking for a nice arty time.
In 1627, a trading post was built here to encourage commerce among Native Americans, Dutch colonists and the Pilgrims of Plymouth. It is believed that this was the first commercial establishment in the New World. In the 1920s the area was excavated and the original foundation was discovered, along with a rune, stone experts believe came from the Viking era (around 1000 CE). Also on the grounds are a windmill, herb and wildflower gardens, and a trail along the canal.
The Sandwich Glass Museum makes an interesting addition to one's travel itinerary. This museums houses a collection of unique glass ware and exhibits depicting the development of this art and industry. For more information on tours as well the museum itself, call ahead or visit their website.
Sandwich native Thornton Burgess created such characters as Peter Rabbit (the American version), Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, and Bobby Raccoon. This museum dedicated to his work is an excellent place to bring in children during any time of the year. During the summer, the museum offers a regular schedule of story times. The many special events include Peter Rabbit Animal Day in August, and a Victorian Christmas in December. Burgess was a naturalist as well as a story teller, and the Thornton W. Burgess Society operates the Green Briar Nature Center three miles away in East Sandwich.