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Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

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Address: High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA 02657
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+1 508-487-1310
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This monument commemorates the Pilgrim's first landing in Provincetown (not...

This monument commemorates the Pilgrim's first landing in Provincetown (not Plymouth), where they conceived, wrote and committed to the Mayflower Compact - the foundational document for the democracy America enjoys today. The Monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the U.S. rising 353 feet above sea level, and at the top, visitors are provided the most spectacular view of Cape Cod.In addition to the MOnument, the Provincetown Museum presents the unique cultural heritage of this historic town with special exhibitions and permanent displays.The Monument and Museum has ample parking, is open daily from APril 1st through November 30, and NEW this year - a food concession call the "Shallop Cafe" where visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Provincetown and the Bay.

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Interesting museum and great views from the top

Spend a few moments learning about American colonial history - did you know the Mayflower landed in Provincetown first? - then get your steps & flights in by climbing the tower... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Ithaca, NY
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Ithaca, NY
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

Spend a few moments learning about American colonial history - did you know the Mayflower landed in Provincetown first? - then get your steps & flights in by climbing the tower. Your legs will know they just climbed the tallest all-granite structure in the USA, well worth it for spectacular views.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

They have a museum and numerous displays inside the ground floor of the office. It offers an unmatched information about the history of town and settlements. Once we went inside the ground floor of the monument there were a series of 15-20 stairways going up to reach the top. Probably will take about 10-15 mins average to reach the top.... More 

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

Best views in town. Thankfully most of the climb up are ramps versus steps, which makes a great deal of difference. Breathtaking views from the top. Museum runs an interesting video about the Pilgrims for those who do not wish to climb. Children should be at least 3 to make climb.

1 Thank pandemonium93
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

What a view!!!! Beautiful building with such rich history. No matter where you are, you can see the monument. Our whale watching trip was delayed so we went to the monument. Who knew the pilgrims came here first??!! I learned so much about Provincetown and our history while visiting. The climb is energizing but well worth it! The gift shop... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

This was my second trip to Provincetown and first to the monument. The easiest (and cheapest) way to get there is to walk up to it --facing from Bradford street, walk up the road on the right hand side--its shorter and less steep. The $12 fee covers entrance to both the grounds, museum, and monument. While my friend and I... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

I spent a very enjoyable morning here. Firstly I climbed the monument which wasn't as daunting as I thought it would be. There's a series of ramps and steps which were much kinder than steps. This climb would not however suit wheelchair users. The views were good although it was a little difficult taking photos through the safety grids although... More 

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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We prefer museums and quieter places, so this was perfect for us. The museum is definitely worth the time and very informative. The view from the top of the tower is nice, although harder to get pictures since there is a plexiglass wall at each window. Glad we took the time. $15.00 parking fee includes one free pass to the... More 

1 Thank Anne W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

We parked our car in the car park here as the day we visited It was impossible to get our car parked in town. We were very glad we parked here as the parking fee included one entry into the museum/ monument. This encouraged us to visit the museum. The climb to the top of the tower is not as... More 

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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our climb up the tower. Our 4 and 6 year olds were able to climb it with no problems. There are nice high rails making this a safe attraction for young kids. The museum was a little dull for the kids, but they loved the big model ship at the back of the museum. Bonus, if you pay... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Years I made the trek up to the top of the monument to enjoy the view of PTown and the surrounding Cape Cod National Seashore - but, I totally ignored the museum. This trip I spent over an hour enjoying the 2-part museum. The first room was a look back at PTown 100 years ago (1916) and what was happening... More 

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