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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. 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 ordinary yet 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. Use the site search window at right, or at the top of any page, to uncover a storehouse of resources on Plymouth’s past.

Conserve History

Signing of the Mayflower Compact

The iconic painting Signing of the Compact in the Cabin of the Mayflower by New York artist Edward Percy Moran has been on public display for 100 years at Pilgrim Hall Museum and is now in need of restoration. Help get this American treasure back on view with a contribution to our conservation fund. All proceeds benefit the conservation of historic collections at Pilgrim Hall Museum.



75 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Open 7 days a week
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
February - December
Doors are open
for our 195th 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!

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New Exhibition!

pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth

Resetting Plymouth's story through the experiences of pathfounding women

On Display: May 3, 2019 - March 8, 2020

More details here

Sponsored by

Tiny & Sons Auto Glass

with additional support from

Eastern Bank


Take Part in stitching
an Epic History!
The Plymouth Tapestry Project at PHM

Plymouth Tapestry Project

2019 Calendar of Events
Click for our Events Schedule




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.

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.


Job Opportunities
at PHM

Curator of Collections



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