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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.
Mid-February - December
Closed the month of January, December 24, 25, & 31st.

More on hours and admission

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a Virtual Mini-Tour!

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Volunteer Opportunities


Wedding Exhibit

New Exhibition!
Wedding 396:
Four Centuries of Wedding Fashion

On Display May 13-December 30, 2017
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.


Rebecca Fraser Book

198th Annual Forefathers Day Dinner

December 21, 2017
Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor

5:30 pm, Reception with Succotash & Cash Bar
Dinner, 6:30 pm - program immediately following

Featured Speaker:
Pamela Parmal,
David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
This expert on early embroidery and author of Samplers A to Z has curated innovative exhibitions at the MFA that range from the glamour of Hollywood gowns to the everyday needlework of colonial girls. Her latest obsession is researching quilts for a new exhibition to commemorate the MFA’s 150th anniversary in 2020. Don’t miss this look at the MFA’s magnificent collection of quilts and coverlets, dating from colonial times to the present, as Parmal considers these intimate everyday objects as sources of history and a medium for historical commemoration.
For more info or for tickets, click HERE

2017 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