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Pilgrim Hall Museum

75 Court Street
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Phone: 508-746-1620 --

Statement of Purpose:

America's oldest museum in continuous operation.

Join us! The Pilgrim Society is not a lineage organization. All it takes to belong is an interest in the early history of America and a desire to learn about it.

Members receive the Newsletter, 10% discount in the shop, reduced price for special trips, invitations to special exhibits and Forefathers Day.

Highlights & Collections:

Exhibits & Special Events:

Pilgrim Hall Museum Calendar The story of the visit in December 1650 of Father Gabriel Dreuillettes, S.J. to Boston and Plymouth from New France. Father Dreuilletts made the trip on behalf of Governor D'Aillebousts and the Abenaki catechumens to propose an alliance between New France and New England against the Iroquois.

The Family Festival is designed to provide an affordable, wholesome and fun filled afternoon for families. There will be tastings of special foods from area restaurants and educational and entertaining children's programming.

This exhibition will feature shoes from as early as 1620 (the Winslow baby shoes), as well as the Penelope Winslow slipper. The exhibit will look at highfashion shoes (most likely to survive), utility shoes (including 17th century pattens and an early rubber gallosh, baby shoes, and working shoes (including men's shoes recovered from the excavation of the Jenney Pond area).

Four lectures on women's and men's costume and shoes will be held between April and June at the Plymouth Public Library.

Exhibit of the first edition (1822) of the Old Colony Memorial newspaper and related history.

Tour Plymouth's most architecturally interesting Bed and Breakfast homes.

The Pilgrims were employed by artists and writers as symbols, and works depicting them reflect the intellectual climate of the era in which the works were created. Images of the Pilgrims from the last 200 years can be seen in paintings, prints, costumes, film and other media, as well as tourist souvenirs.

Thanksgiving has always centered on "home" and "family." Wartime Thanksgivings, with their enforced separations, have a special poignancy. This exhibit traces wartime Thanksgivings from the Civil War through Desert Storm.


Open February 1 Through December 31: 9:30 to 4:30: Seven Days A Week. For Information Call: (508)746-1620 Ext. 1

Admission & Directions:

Directions: North Or South of Boston: Take Route 3 To Route 44 East To Junction of 44 and 3a (court Street), Right On Court Street (3a) To Museum, 75 Court Street. From West Take Route 44 and Follow Above Directions.


Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor

by William Halsall, 1882. The original oil painting may be seen in Pilgrim Hall Museum, also known as America's Museum of Pilgrim Possessions.

The First Thanksgiving

by Jennie Brownscombe. Painting is in Pilgrim Hall.

White Cradle

According to tradition, William and Susannah White brought this cradle on the Mayflower in anticipation of the birth of their child. Their son, Peregrine White, was born aboard the Mayflower and thus was the first child born to the Pilgrims in the New World. The wicker cradle was probably made in Holland between 1610 and 1620.

Key Personnel:

Peggy M. Baker, Director

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