Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
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1 High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown, MA 02657
- Credit Cards: Yes
- Rainy Day Fun: Yes
- Family Friendly: Yes
The Monument commemorates Provincetown as the Mayflower Pilgrims' first landing place in America and the writing and signing of the Mayflower Compact while anchored in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. Walk to the top (252 ft.) and enjoy views of the bay, ocean and National Seashore. The Museum features exhibits about the Pilgrims, maritime history, and the early days of modern American theatre in Provincetown. Collections include furniture, decorative arts, scrimshaw, models, toys and objects of interest to all ages.
Some interesting facts:
• The Pilgrim Monument was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown on November 21, 1620.
• The tower is 252 feet, 7.5 inches (77 meters) tall and rises 350 feet above sea level!
• The heart-healthy walk to the top on 116 steps and 60 ramps only takes about 10 minutes at a leisurely pace.
• The Pilgrim Monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. The granite came from Stonington, Maine, and each stone is the thickness of the wall. The design is patterned after the Torre Del Mangia in Siena, Italy.
• During your climb, you'll see many interior stones that were donated by cities, towns and organizations from all of the United States. See if your city or town is here.
• President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone on August 20, 1907.
• President William H. Taft led the dedication ceremony after the Pilgrim Monument's completion on August 5, 1910.
• The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is Cape Cod's oldest non-profit and cultural institution.