The Pilgrim Monument/Museum commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620 in Provincetown Harbor where they wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact, the first written declaration of a democratic commonwealth. At 252-feet, 7.5 inches tall and 353 feet above sea level, it is the tallest all-granite structure in the U.S. and includes 60 ramps/116 steps. It is designed to resemble Torre Del Mangia, a 14th century tower in Siena, Italy. It offers spectacular views of virtually the entire Cape. More than 85,000 people visit yearly.
For the first time ever, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will be open through the holiday season, welcoming visitors from near and far to climb the Monument, visit the Museum and do their holiday shopping. The PMPM will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last climb up the Monument at 4:30 p.m., *except from December 24 – 27 when it will be closed.
There are many exciting events happening this holiday season including a “meet and greet” with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus on Holly Folly Weekend, a Fado concert featuring holiday songs and other Portuguese favorites sung by Sonia Bettencourt, and a special event for First Light Provincetown, a fundraiser for the PMPM with a champagne reception, oysters and fireworks seen from the spectacular grounds of the Monument. Plus, if you’re looking for a special gift for someone for the holidays, the PMPM Gift Shop has many unique items made by local artisans.
“We are thrilled that we are keeping our doors open in December through January 1, 2018, so that the community and our visitors can enjoy the unique Provincetown experience here at the Monument and Museum,” said K. David Weidner, Ph.D. “We have had a tremendous season in 2017 and we thank everyone who has supported us as we look ahead and plan more exciting events and exhibitions in 2018.”
Dr. Weidner says that the Gift Shop has more gifts than ever before, many of them on sale, and something for everyone including books, games, housewares, knick knacks, clothing, jewelry and holiday ornaments. The PMPM Gift Shop is exclusively carrying in Provincetown, the revised edition of “Free To Be You and Me” CD, by Marlo Thomas and friends and also exclusively carrying the DVD, by a local fisherman Peter Cook, entitled “Dad, I Wanno Go Fishin.” The gift shop also has tapered bayberry candles in the shape of the Monument and scented soy candles all made by local candle makers. All pottery is on sale from Jobi, Plymouth Plantation and local potter Paul Wisotsky. Apparel is 25 percent off, puzzles are 25 percent off, cutting boards from Maine are 40 percent off and jewelry is all 20 percent off.
Plus, members of the PMPM also receive a discount of 10% off merchandise at the gift shop.