Mummers Museum
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member chstress53
N 39° 56.013 W 075° 08.851
18S E 487395 N 4420392
Quick Description: "Mummer" comes from the Old French momer, to wear a mask; pantomime. It means a masked or costumed merrymaker, especially at a festival (American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd Edition). Mummery is an old tradition in Philadelphia, and the famous Mummers Parade dates back to pre-Colonial times, resulting from a blend of Swedish, Finnish, Irish, English, German, African-American, and other European heritages. With the Mummers in full swing, New Years is celebrated in Philadelphia as it is nowhere el
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/1/2006 9:21:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM6Y6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member chstress53
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Long Description:

Those who participate in the festivities are sometimes referred to as Shooters and Mummers. A bit of history: In the late 1700's, when the Swedes came to Philadelphia, they brought their custom of visiting friends on the Second Day of Christmas, December 26. Later the period of celebration was extended to include New Years Day. The grandest of celebrations became grander and grander with each new year. Celebrating the New Year was a noisy affair. With most people in those days carrying firearms for protection, many shot in the New Year. Hence the term Shooters.

Today's parades include juried competitions. While firearms are no longer discharged, the revelry is as intense as the rivalry between the various mummer groups, assuring spectators and participants alike a wonderful time.

The Mummers Museum celebrates all that is mummery and New Years Day. Visitors will enjoy unique exhibits featuring the intricate handwork that goes into the elaborate costumes. Everyone can learn to do the renowned "Mummers Strut" to the tune of "O' Dem Golden Slippers," the unofficial Mummers theme song composed by Philadelphian James Bland in 1879.

The wonderful Broad Street Room practically puts visitors right into the Parade. Other exhibits highlight special features such as the String Band Sound, with sound, of course. Video performances of past parades can be seen.

Throughout the Museum visitors will see the design sketches used by the various mummery clubs in the creation of their costumes. The beautiful and colorful sketches were donated by Robert Finnigan, who has been developing themes for the mummers for many years.

The Museum sponsors weekly concerts from May through September, and there are other special events. Of course, Philadelphia is the place to ring in the New Year!

Families can take a Self-Guided Tour of this great museum. Or have a child's birthday party here! Groups, including School Groups can select from several tour packages, including one with a Children's Art Class in which they make their own Mummer masks! Groups should have at least 20 people.

October thru April

Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12:00n - 4:30pm

May thru September

Tuesday 9:30am - 9:30pm
Wednesday-Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12:00n - 4:30pm

Closed Mondays, all Holidays, and Sundays in July and August
1100 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

(2nd street at Washington Ave.)

Voice - 215-336-3050
Fax - 215-389-5630
Price of Admission: 4.00 (listed in local currency)

Weekday Hours: From: 9:30 AM To: 4:30 PM

Weekend Hours: From: 9:30 AM To: 4:30 PM

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