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Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

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Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

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Experience America's founding story and encounter historical role-players portraying the 17th-century pilgrims who settled New England. Meet native people in traditional dress and learn their culture and relationship with the natural world.

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  • Participate in daily activities at the 17th-Century English Village alongside the pilgrims
  • Learn about the Wampanoag people who have lived in southeast Massachusetts for 12,000 years
  • Meet the celebrated artisans who are reviving historic crafts in danger of being lost
  • Climb aboard Mayflower II, a full-scale working reproduction of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to New England in 1620
  • See a working water powered grist mill on the site of the original Plymouth colony
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Journey back to the 17th century at Plimoth Plantation and experience a unique adventure at attractions including the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th Century English Village, Craft Center and Nye Barn. Located 45 minutes south of Boston on Cape Cod Bay in Plymouth town, the site is also known as “America's Hometown.” Start at the Wampanoag Homesite on the banks of the Eel River and learn how the 17th -century indigenous people lived along the coast during the growing season. Discover how they planted their crops, fished and hunted, gathered wild herbs and berries for food and reeds for makings mats and baskets. Look at different kinds of traditional homes, including a mat-covered wetu (Wampanoag for "house") and a bark-covered nush wetu (house with 3 fire pits). Unlike the people you'll meet in the 17th-Century English Village, the staff at Wampanoag Homesite are not playing a role: they are all native people, either Wampanoag or from other native nations, and they will tell you about Wampanoag history and culture from a modern perspective. Next, go to the 17th-Century English Village to admire a recreation of the small farming and maritime community the pilgrims built along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. Watch the colonial pilgrim story brought to life by costumed characters and find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of objects that the pilgrims owned. Nourish yourself at the Patuxet Café in the Visitor Center, where a wide selection of culinary treats from history, including Wampanoag and pilgrim foods, can be found. Try a 17th-century recipe cheesecake or the sensational Indian pudding! Upgrade to a Combo Ticket or Heritage Pass to include a visit to Mayflower II or/and Plimoth Grist Mill. The iconic Mayflower II is docked on Plymouth's historic waterfront and welcomes visitors to climb aboard and experience what the 1620 crossing was like for the Pilgrims. Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill on the original site of the Plymouth colony, within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront and downtown, and approximately 2.5 miles north of Plimoth Patuxet. Journey back in time at the first water-power driven grist mill in the country still in operation.
  • Admission to Historic Patuxet’s Wampanoag Homesite
  • Admission to 17th-Century English Village
  • Plimoth Grist Mill admission (if option booked)
  • Mayflower II admission (if option booked)
  • Assistance (if needed) by a golf cart driven by museum staff
  • Complimentary written site maps in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish and a braille site map for use while at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums
  • Guide
  • Transportation to Plimoth Patuxet or Plimoth Grist Mill
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Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Plimoth Patuxet Museums, Henry Hornblower Visitor Center 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360.

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  • The café is open from 9 AM to 4 PM daily, in season; the grill is open from 11 AM to 3 PM
  • 2-3 hours are recommended for your self-guided visit; if you include the Plimoth Grist Mill option, add an extra hour to allow 30-40 minutes for your visit to Plimoth Grist Mill and 10 minutes travel time to or from Plimoth Patuxet
  • You can choose to visit the 2 locations on different days if that fits your itinerary better
  • Keep in mind you are by the ocean and the exhibits are outdoors
  • In the event of rain, staff will be in the native and pilgrim houses, and rain ponchos are available to purchase in the retail store
  • Plimoth Patuxet Museums pathways, the Visitor Center and Craft Center are all handicaps accessible
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The grounds and buildings were great. There could have been more characters available. Instead of the characters just letting us ask questions it would’ve been great if they had a prepared story to tell. There was a kid that kept side tracking everything so it was hard to get a good understanding of the life.

October 28, 2021

Experience life as it was in Plymouth in 1627 in the Wampanoag Homesite and English Village. Watch as the Wampanoag use fire to hollow out a tree into a mishoon while the Pilgrims cook Indian corn and sausages for the winter ahead. The connections we make in their stories and testimonials remain relevant to this day. This is an outstanding living history activity which should not be missed. Due to school groups in the morning, the afternoon is less busy.

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November 28, 2019

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