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The Pilgrim Story — the hazardous voyage, the 1620 landing, the fearful first winter, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth — is the founding story of America. This dramatic saga of courage and perseverance has inspired the American people throughout the nation’s history. It has been depicted through monumental history paintings, ranging from Henry Sargent’s heroic 13’x16’ Landing of the Pilgrims to Jennie Brownscombe’s First Thanksgiving. The true story behind these images is even more heroic. Pilgrim Hall Museum, in the center of historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, wants to share that story with you.

The nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum, Pilgrim Hall Museum houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions telling the story of brave and determined men and women building lives and homes for themselves and their children in a new world. See William Bradford’s Bible, Myles Standish’s sword, the only portrait of a Pilgrim (Edward Winslow) painted from life, the cradle of New England’s first–born, Peregrine White, the great chair of William Brewster, and the earliest sampler made in America, embroidered by Myles Standish’s daughter.

At Pilgrim Hall Museum, you will also learn the story of the Wampanoag, "People of the Dawn," the Native People who inhabited this area for 10,000 years before the arrival of the new settlers and who are still here today. The story of the interrelationship between the Wampanoag and Colonial settlers continues through the disastrous conflict of the 1670s, known as King Philip's War.

Come, explore, and learn the history behind the story today. Many items in the navigation bar to the left expand to show additional pages. You can also use the Search PHM Site window to the right to find anything on our site. We've placed a similar search window near the top of all other Pilgrim Hall Museum site pages.


75 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Open 7 days a week
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
February - December
Opening Day
February 1, 2018

The doors are open
for our 194th season!
Open all year, except for December 24th-25th,
New Year’s Eve, and the month of January.
Yes, we are open on Thanksgiving Day!

More on hours and admission


Margeson Ship
An Irish Whiskey
Tasting Event for the Sparrowhawk

Friday, March 16th,
6 to 8 pm

Sponsored by Pioppi’s Package Store

Savor fine cask, barrel, and single malt whiskies and Irish-themed light appetizers at this special after-hours event at Pilgrim Hall Museum. Proceeds help fund deep research on the
17th-century shipwrecked remains of the Sparrowhawk, part of Pilgrim Hall’s collection since 1889.

For more information, please call 508-746-1620, ext. 7
Learn more here


Celebrate Women’s History Month at PHM


New Exhibition!

"Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History"
February 1 - March 29
A traveling exhibition based on Wampanoag perspectives, presented by Plymouth 400, Inc. and produced by the Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council and SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications.

Wampanoag World
Wampanoag WorldPatuxet to Plymouth 
February 24 -
December 30, 2018
Gala Preview & Reception
Fri, Feb 23, 5 - 7pm
Sponsored by Tiny & Sons Auto Glass
with additional support by Eastern Bank
Captures the vitality and persistence of the Wampanoag people of Patuxet through 10,000 years of lived experience to the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620. Displays of Native artifacts illustrate craft, trading networks, family and social experience, and maritime and agricultural lifeways.

Learn more here

  Donna Curtin and Bradford obelisk

Aerial video of historic Plymouth with PHM Director Donna Curtin
"America Over the Edge"
(Smithsonian Channel Canada and Arcadia Entertainment)
Watch video here.

2018 Calendar of Events
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A Collaborative Program of Pilgrim Hall Museum & the Plymouth Antiquarian Society

Join us every first Saturday of the month at 1 pm (excepting January) for an engaging series of free history tours of Plymouth’s ancient burying ground, led by local historians and guides. Tours begin at the top of the Hill; sturdy walking shoes recommended! Severe weather may cancel tour; check our Facebook page for last-minute updates. See Museum Events for current listings or click here to download full schedule.



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Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360 | Phone (508) 746-1620