The Jenney Museum has several Plymouth tour options for groups to choose from, each offering a unique and educational experience. Take a tour, visit the museum's three exhibits, or jump in on one of the daily interactive conversations with a Pilgrim. Tours begin at the museum on 48 Summer Street. Reservations for groups must be made in advance.
Discover Plymouth’s History – A Walking Tour
Rated #1 on TripAdvisor, this one-hour tour is led and narrated by a professional guide in period clothing. Tour groups learn all about the people, places and events of the beginning of America while walking along Town Brook on the same paths our forefathers walked hundreds of years ago. What led the Pilgrims to come to America? Is Plymouth Rock really the rock they stepped on? These are some of the questions that will be answered on this popular tour.
- Brewster Gardens
- Plymouth Rock
- Historic waterfront area and monuments
- Cole’s Hill
- Leyden Street
- Section of Burial Hill
- Town Square
Forefathers Monument Tour
The National Monument to the Forefathers is often referred to as Plymouth’s “hidden gem”. Erected on an 11-acre hilltop in historic Plymouth, standing a towering 81-feet tall, it’s the largest solid free-standing granite monument in the United States. On this 40-minute narrated tour, learn who donated $15 to help build it, how long it took to build once its construction began in 1859, what each of the monument’s five statues represents, and the story of how the faith of the Pilgrims is told on the monument.
The museum offers three unique exhibits as well as educational programs throughout the season.
“The Pursuit of Happiness”
The Declaration of Independence states — We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. We are not endowed with happiness, but with the pursuit of happiness. Through all their hardships and troubles were the Pilgrims pursuing happiness and did they find it? A visit to the Jenney Museum will give visitors insight into what the Pilgrims were searching for.
“The Abolitionists” – Learn about the Underground Railroad movement here in Plymouth and hear about slavery then and now.
“Family – the Cornerstone of Society?”
This exhibit highlights family and the role it plays in our society, beginning with the Pilgrim family. Learn how the Pilgrims valued the family, how they educated the children, about their work ethic, the structure of the family, and how these family values influenced our civil society.
Conversations with a Pilgrim Series
The Jenney Museum’s new series of interactive educational programs is designed to engage visitors. Meet and converse with a Pilgrim, listen to their stories and learn about their life, challenges, and beliefs. Some “Conversations with a Pilgrim” will be offered daily and others will be special, one-time opportunities.
Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Takes place at the Jenney Museum, 48 Summer Street
“Business Not as Usual – Pilgrim Economics”
The first conversation of the series will be a fun and educational experience for people of all ages, including those with limited mobility.
Meet local historian and tour guide Leo Martin who will take you back in time telling the stories of struggles, survival, and faith that set the cornerstones of our country. Discover why the Pilgrims changed from communal living to land-ownership and how this change led to the beginning of free trade, industry, and capitalism in our country. Hear about the relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans and how they worked together in support of each other. Learn about the development of tools from the very simple to a complex machine like a grist mill.
“They Didn’t Know They Were Pilgrims”
Offered at select times. Visit the weblink for weekly schedule
Were the early settlers so very different from us? Meet Goodwife Patience, an eyewitness to the early years of Plymouth Colony. Her life was totally different from ours, but she and her family and neighbors were simple, ordinary people who struggled with problems and were thankful for blessings which we can relate to today.