Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
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Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
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The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) was founded in 1892 as the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association—Cape Cod’s oldest non-profit organization. Standing at 252 feet, 7.5 inches, the Pilgrim Monument was constructed to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in November 1620 and the signing of the historic Mayflower Compact in what is now Provincetown Harbor. The Provincetown Museum features exhibits that showcase Provincetown’s significant place in American history. Featured exhibits include Our Story: The Complicated Relationship of the Indigenous Wampanoag and the Mayflower Pilgrims and An Anecdotal LGBTQ+ History of the Last Century of Provincetown. Other exhibits showcase the town’s deep maritime roots, the early days of modern American theater, and more. PMPM is accessible from downtown Provincetown via scenic ride to the top of High Pole Hill in a state-of-the-art inclined elevator. Elevator access included in cost of admission.
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  • Michele R
    New Jersey35 contributions
    Worth the walk to the top!
    While not our first time to Provincetown, it was our first time here. What a great experience! The guides were informative and the walk up was not as hard as I thought it would be. The alternating steps and ramps made it less difficult and it was cool to see the engraved stones on the way up. The views were awesome at the top.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Erika-MotoAdventures
    Lowell, Massachusetts7 contributions
    Excellent views, great museum, just a bit expensive
    My husband and I visited here during July 4th week. We arrived later in the afternoon, so there weren't too many other people there. Parking is $20, but does not include the entry fee to the tower - that was an additional $20+tax per person. The climb itself was not too bad, as most of the way up is a series of ramps. There are some small windows letting in a nice sea breeze too. Once you get to the top, the view is spectacular! You can see all of the tip of the cape and south towards Truro. The balcony is walled in with clear plastic, so you don't have to worry about dropping anything off the edge (although it does make it a lot harder to get clear pictures). There's a bench or two as well to sit on. We were happy to have somewhere to catch our breath after the climb. At the bottom, there's a surprisingly large museum as well as a small art gallery featuring works from local artists. We didn't have enough time to see the whole museum, as we came down from the tower around 4:30 and the museum closes at 5, but we enjoyed taking a quick look at the exhibits. Some exhibits had video displays, but most speakers either weren't working or had such poor audio quality that you couldn't understand what was being said. Maybe that's a small nitpick, but it did detract from the experience a bit. Overall, we enjoyed our visit, although I would avoid going on a humid, 86 degree day like we did (climbing the tower got pretty hot). Also bear in mind that the last ascent of the tower is around 4 or 4:15 PM. Personally, I think $60+ for two people is pretty pricey, but it was worth it to do once.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Laura L
    DeLand, Florida12 contributions
    Pilgrim Monument & museum worth the stop and central parking point for midpoint of commercial Street.
    Awesome museum, tower walk and funicular ride down to commercial street. Friendly staff. Parking charge, but worth it. You can go up/ down/ to your car all day. Also convenient, clean restrooms.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
In Provincetown, we just had to visit the Pilgrim Monument and Museum. You really cannot miss it as it dominates the town. Of course, I had to climb the tower - there were great views from the top. Many cities (and other organizations) provided plaques (and funds) for the tower and I photographed some of these on my climb up (or down).
The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Massachusetts, was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in 1620 and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. This 252-foot-7+1⁄2-inch-tall (77.0 m) campanile is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and is part of the Provincetown Historic District.
This is a definite "must visit" while in Provincetown.
Written 27 December 2023
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Laura L
DeLand, FL12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Awesome museum, tower walk and funicular ride down to commercial street. Friendly staff. Parking charge, but worth it. You can go up/ down/ to your car all day. Also convenient, clean restrooms.
Written 22 October 2023
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parrotsam10
Sparta, NJ3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The monument itself was amazing! My family and I visited and loved the memorial and the museum with all the history.. however—- when we were leaving the museum the gentlemen working there -Tim or -Jim can’t recall- said to my daughter who’s 9- did you see the picture of two men in hats and dresses in the museum? My husband and I looked at each other wondering what history portion was that.. to have the worker answer that’s me and my husband. This is a place for history…not your personal life and the fact that he had this planned in his head to say was disgusting! So overall memorial was good staff was set w prewritten agenda on what to say on way out regarding sexuality which ended our day there feeling disturbed.
Written 5 October 2023
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SaraLK24
Plymouth39 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
We wanted to visit the Pilgim monument as part of a day trip around the area. We arrived just before 4pm and were already shocked to discover we had to pay the full $20 daily fee to park. The monument and museum cost $21 per person and closed at 5pm. We decided over $60 for two of us to visit a national monument for an hour wasn't worth it so didn't bother but still feel very aggrieved at paying $20 to park for 10 minutes (no refund). Provincetown is pretty so if you are going to go make a day of it to make it worth the exorbitant parking charge but I'd give the monument (which you can see from the car park and for miles around) a miss.
Written 30 September 2023
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS996 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was not a planned stop, but we decided to check it out. It was late in the day when we were here. We didn't feel like paying $16.75 per person admission to enter. So, we took a couple of photos of the monument & left.
Written 23 September 2023
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BLMerce
Kensington, MD906 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
It cost $20 to park and $21 per adult to climb the tower and view the museum. I couldn’t climb, but the rest of the family did and they enjoyed the views. I did enjoy the museum.
Written 14 September 2023
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Mike H
cambridge, ma4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
While this used to be a nice tour it is now a money pit!
They added a simple cable car to lift you up one street and as a result, upped the entrance cost from about $5 per person to > $20 !

We opted to save $75 and not go. Couldn't help but noticed there was no one on the brand new cable car.

Maybe they'll come to their senses and realize that no is going to pay that exorbitant entrance fee and bring it down to a reasonable level.

Until then, if you have money to burn, you can have the tower all to yourself!
Written 24 August 2023
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Cyndi H
Philadelphia, PA96 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Super views from the tower! Not a hard climb at all. Great little museum, too, which captures the history and character of Provincetown and the Province lands.
Written 26 July 2023
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susherry
Allentown, PA8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Our first visit to P’town and Cape Cod, we wanted to experience everything. Whale watching was wonderful as well as lunch at the Mayfair and walking through town. When we got to the Tower we learned it was $20 pp to take the elevator and $20 pp entry. Plus pay to park at $4/hr. We declined the visit….you can see the tower from anywhere in town and from the bay.

I haven’t yet investigated who “owns” the monument, but it seems to me that since the Tower is part of our American history and culture, it should be free of charge for one and all to enjoy. OK, charge for parking if you must, but the rest smacks of greed, preying on people who want to experience the history of the USA for themselves and their children. Incidentally, looking back through past reviews, the rates have increased since 2018.
Written 19 July 2023
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Erika-MotoAdventures
Lowell, MA7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
My husband and I visited here during July 4th week. We arrived later in the afternoon, so there weren't too many other people there. Parking is $20, but does not include the entry fee to the tower - that was an additional $20+tax per person. The climb itself was not too bad, as most of the way up is a series of ramps. There are some small windows letting in a nice sea breeze too.

Once you get to the top, the view is spectacular! You can see all of the tip of the cape and south towards Truro. The balcony is walled in with clear plastic, so you don't have to worry about dropping anything off the edge (although it does make it a lot harder to get clear pictures). There's a bench or two as well to sit on. We were happy to have somewhere to catch our breath after the climb.

At the bottom, there's a surprisingly large museum as well as a small art gallery featuring works from local artists. We didn't have enough time to see the whole museum, as we came down from the tower around 4:30 and the museum closes at 5, but we enjoyed taking a quick look at the exhibits. Some exhibits had video displays, but most speakers either weren't working or had such poor audio quality that you couldn't understand what was being said. Maybe that's a small nitpick, but it did detract from the experience a bit.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit, although I would avoid going on a humid, 86 degree day like we did (climbing the tower got pretty hot). Also bear in mind that the last ascent of the tower is around 4 or 4:15 PM. Personally, I think $60+ for two people is pretty pricey, but it was worth it to do once.
Written 12 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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