Plymouth: Plimoth Plantation Living History Museum

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Plymouth: Plimoth Plantation Living History Museum

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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
  • Shop in a variety of stores brimming with gifts, including crafts by the museum's own artisans
  • 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 Planation and experience a unique adventure at attractions including the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th Century English Village, Craft Center and Nye Barn. Located 45 minute 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 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. Go to the aromatic kitchen gardens, and see heritage breed livestock in the village and at Nye Barn. Soak up the sights and sounds and scents of the animals to help transport you back to the 17th century, and hear authentic stories of real pilgrims, such as William Bradford, Myles Standish or William Brewster. 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 your experience and book the combined Plimoth Plantation and Plimoth Grist Mill option. Experience 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 Plantation. Journey back in time at the first water-power driven grist mill in the country still in operation. Watch the water wheel turning and see the miller and staff carrying out daily activities such as grinding organic corn on 200 year-old French-Buhr stones, sifting, winnowing and packaging the cornmeal and sampe for sale. Learn about the maintenance of a water-powered grist mill, and look at science, history, technology and water resource ecology exhibits.
  • Plimoth Plantation admission
  • Plimoth Grist Mill admission (if option booked)
  • Mayflower II admission (if option booked)
  • Assistance (if needed) by golf cart driven by museum staff
  • Guide
  • Transportation to Plimoth Plantation 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
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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

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  • Plimoth Plantation offers complimentary written site maps in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Plimoth Plantation offers a braille site map for use while at the museum. They must be returned to Guest Services on leaving the museum
  • The operating season is 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily, mid-March through the Sunday after Thanksgiving
  •  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 Plantation. You can choose to visit the 2 locations on different days if that fits your itinerary better
  • The café is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily, in season. The grill is open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Note that the Plimoth Grist Mill is only accessible on weekends
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4.5 / 5

based on 33 reviews

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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

Not everything was open due to COVID 19 but still a wonderful experience!

July 18, 2020

Too cold and crowded to appreciate

December 6, 2019

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