Plimoth Patuxet's collections are central to our understanding of the 17th century. Learn more about recent discoveries and research in our online and in-person exhibitions.

On View at Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Painting of the first Thanksgiving

We Gather Together: Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and the Making of an American Holiday

This exhibit focuses on the origins of one of America's quintessential holidays. Each year, millions of Americans gather together to share a special meal, to give thanks, and think of all that they are especially grateful for.

Plymouth/Patuxet is the place where the ancient traditions of gratitude in both the Indigenous and European cultures merged in the autumn of 1621, and a new holiday of gathering and giving thanks began.

History in a New Light Gallery

History in a New Light

History in a New Light features artifacts from Wampanoag Patuxet and the original 1620 site of English Plymouth. These artifacts are on view for the first time ever after their discovery by Project 400, an ongoing archaeological research collaboration between the Andrew W. Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the UMASS Boston, the Town of Plymouth, and Plimoth Patuxet Museums. The findings of Project 400 are allowing us to reevaluate daily life in 17th-century Colonial and Indigenous Plymouth.

Currently on exhibit in the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery.

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Online Exhibitions

Echoes Screenshot

Echoes of the Ancestors

Echoes of the Ancestors, Plimoth Patuxet's online exhibition, highlights exciting new finds from the Eel River Site on the Museum's campus. For thousands of years, Wampanoag people have come to the shores of the Eel River, an area they call Patuxet, to use its natural and marine resources for food and tools. Some of their tools and belongings have entered the archaeological record, where they have been recovered by subsequent generations of archaeologists.

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Mayflower sailing on ocean

Sailing Through Time: Comparing Mayflower II’s Voyages in 1957 and 2020

This online exhibition focuses on three distinct categories related to Mayflower II: Navigation, Food & Dining and Commemoration. Each category contains featured objects used during the 1957 Mayflower II sail and compares them to the circumstances of the 2020 sail. These specific categories were chosen as they demonstrated both the stark differences and interesting similarities between Mayflower II's sails in 1957 and 2020.

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