Museums in Lancaster County

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Did you know that Lancaster was America's capital city for a day? Lancaster County is home to much history, and that history is put on display in the museums. Community historical societies preserve town histories, while other entities operate world class museums, right here in Lancaster.

AACA Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

AACA Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
Antiques
website | map it | (717) 566-7100 | 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033

The AACA Museum seeks to preserve and present motor vehicle history in an educational yet entertaining manner for its guests.

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum
Things-To-Do, Historic Place
map it | (717) 768-7185 | 3652 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, Pennsylvania, 17534

One of this country's most comprehensive collections of U.S. military knives and artifacts used by the American servicemen. The knives range from pikes, swords, sabers, fencing bayonets, bowie, knuckle and trench knives. Also on display are a rocket, grease gun, flaregun, BAR & Thompson machine gun. Displayed throughout are military artifacts as well as items from the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam and Desert Storm and recruiting and Savings Bond posters.

Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction

Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction
Historic Place, Things-To-Do
website | map it | (717) 299-0954 | 2209 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Who Are the Amish? A beautiful, entertaining, highly informative three-screen feature, now showing in our theater. Using original music, descriptive narration, and stunning photos, this presentation captures both the facts and the soul of our Amish neighbors. It is 30 minutes long, shows on the hour from 9 am to 4 pm, and is one of many ways you can learn about the Amish in Lancaster County!

Bube's Brewery

Bube's Brewery
Food, bar, Brewery, Event Space, Catering
website | map it | (717) 653-2056 | 102 North Market Street, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, 17552

Bube's Brewery is an intact historic 19th century brewery and museum complex. Fine dining available at any of our restaurants:The Catacombs, Alois, Bottling Works, and Biergarten. ExperienceLive Events, enjoy our Feasts, view our art gallery, shop ourCooper's Shed Store to step back to the 19th century.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
Things-To-Do, Historic Place
website | map it | (717) 684-2894 | 21 North 2nd Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512

Located in the original English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbia Historic Preservation Society is dedicated to the preservation of the river town, formerly known as Wright’s Ferry and Shawana Town. Once considered as a possible site for locating our nation’s capitol, Columbia was once the gateway to the American West.

Conestoga Area Historical Society

Conestoga Area Historical Society
Things-To-Do, Historic Place, House-Tour
website | map it | 717-872-1699 | 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga, Pennsylvania, 17516

The museum and its mid 18th century Harnish House, Atkinson House and German Garden depict rural life in southwestern Lancaster County through architecture and displays of artifacts and grounds. Also, Conestoga wagon, Blacksmith Shop and local Native American exhibit.

Demuth Museum

Demuth Museum
Things-To-Do
website | map it | (717) 299-9940 | 120 East King Street (Rear), Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

The Demuth Museum is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the art work and legacy of American modernist Charles Demuth. We engage and inspire diverse audiences through an innovative program of exhibitions, education, scholarship and collections activities.

Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Things-To-Do, Historic Place, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 733-6600 | 632 West Main Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

Ephrata Cloister was one of America’s earliest religious communities and is known for its fraktur, unique music, and printing. Ten 18th-century buildings remain.

Hands-on House Children's Museum

Hands-on House Children's Museum
Things-To-Do, Kids, Family, Family Fun, Family Fun
website | map it | (717) 569-5437 | 721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping kids learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process. The museum is designed for children ages 2-10 years. At Hands-on House, adults and children play and learn together. Our philosophy of childhood learning is simple: it lasts longer if it's more fun, and it's more fun if it includes doing. Our exhibits, classes and programs are short on lectures, and long on interactive, participatory activities.

Hans Herr House and Museum

Hans Herr House and Museum
Things-To-Do, Historic Place, House-Tour
website | map it | (717) 464-4438 | 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, Pennsylvania, 17584

Oldest building in Lancaster County. Colonial period dwelling of the area's first Mennonite settlers, built in medieval Germanic style. Oldest Mennonite meeting house in America.

Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County


map it | 717-299-6440 | 5 West King Street, Lancaster , Pennsylvania, 17603

The Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County presents the history of life in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The museum collection focus is the decorative arts used throughout Lancaster residences. The museum is housed within the 1790s former city hall and Masonic Lodge No. 43. The city hall served as the state capitol building between 1799 and 1812.

Historic Rock Ford Plantation

Historic Place, history, Event Space, Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | 7173927223 | 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Welcome to Rock Ford Plantation, the elegant 18th Century home of Revolutionary War general Edward Hand, Adjutant General of the Continental Army. Rock Ford is a unique example of architectural survival. Over 90% of the historic fabric of the original house, including shutters, woodwork, glass and floors, is intact.

Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley

Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley
Things-To-Do, House-Tour
website | map it | 717-733-1616 | 237-249 West Main Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

The Society's museum is housed in an 1868-69 Victorian mansion and features thirteen rooms of exhibits which interpret the history of the historic house and the Cocalico Valley (northern Lancaster Co.). The Society's library and archives, located next door to the museum in an 1928-29 English Tudor building, houses historical and genealogical research materials including manuscripts, photographs, assorted print materials and microfilms relating to the Cocalico Valley.

Lancaster Museum of Art

Lancaster Museum of Art
Things-To-Do
website | map it | 717-394-3497 | 135 North Lime Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

The museum is located in a Greek Revival style mansion built by Clement Grubb in 1845-46. The museum's programs focus on exhibitions of contemporary art by regional and national artists.

Lancaster Science Factory

Lancaster Science Factory
Things-To-Do, Kids, Event Space
website | map it | (717) 509-6363 | 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Welcome to the Lancaster Science Factory, a hands-on, interactive technology and science center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We invite you to come explore our exciting exhibits relating to the physical sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics! A fun thing to do with kids in Lancaster County, the Science Factory is a unique kids-oriented museum in downtown Lancaster.

LancasterHistory.org On The Square

LancasterHistory.org On The Square
Things-To-Do, Historic Place
website | map it | 717-392-4633 | 4 West King Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Gallery & Bookstore, Research library specializing in genealogy and Lancaster County History. Classes, lectures, special events.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Things-To-Do, Kids, Bucket, Historic Place, House-Tour, Event-Space, Weddings
website | map it | (717) 569-0401 | 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

Landis Valley Museum, a living history village and farm, collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940 and enhances understanding of their successful practices, interactions with others, and the impact on the state and nation for citizens of and visitors to the Commonwealth. Landis Valley Museum's richly layered story is the history of an early Pennsylvania German settlement, an unusual farm family, and the ongoing creation and exploration of a wonderfully diverse collection of artifacts. When brothers Henry Kinzer Landis (1865-1955) and George Diller Landis (1867 - 1954) opened the museum in 1925 at their Landis Valley residence, the area had been a small Pennsylvania German settlement since the mid 1800s. Expanded to its current size, we now invite visitors to experience 18th and 19th century village and farm life in Lancaster County, Pa, all in one visit. With over 100 acres and many historic buildings to explore throughout the four seasons, there's always something to see at Landis Valley Museum, a great museum in Lancaster County.

Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum

Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum
Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | (717) 626-8515 | 8 Church Square, Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543

The Lititz Moravian Congregation was organized on February 19, 1749. It was then known as the “Warwick Country Congregation” and included local farmers “awakened” by the preaching of itinerant Moravian ministers. The Moravian motto “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; and in all things, love” was appealing to these early settlers in Lancaster County.

Manheim Historical Society

Manheim Historical Society
Things-To-Do, Historic Place, House-Tour
website | map it | 717-665-7989 | 88 South Grant Street, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17545

The Manheim Historical Society owns four properties in Manheim Borough which include the Manheim Railroad Station, Manheim Heritage Center, the Fasig and Keath Houses and also the Town Clock in the Mini Park.

Museum Council of Lancaster County

Museum Council of Lancaster County

website | | (717) 687-8628 | Online Only, Pennsylvania,

The Museum Council of Lancaster County consists of over twenty premier sites located in historic Lancaster County in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. Its members cooperate to provide an outstanding visitor experience to all. Our sites cover over 300 years of Lancaster County’s diverse cultural and regional heritage.

National Toy Train Museum

National Toy Train Museum
Things-To-Do, Trains, Kids
website | map it | (717) 687-8976 | 300 Paradise Lane, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 17579

At the National Toy Train Museum you can learn all about it! Collecting, building and operating toy trains is a lively hobby for the 21st Century! Fun and challenging, it combines traditional skills with cutting-edge technology. Designed like an old-time train station, the Museum features the latest in exhibits and LED lighting. The massive toy train collection features models from the 1800s to the present. Five operating, interactive train layouts in G, Standard, O, S and HO Gauges. Videos on all aspects of toy trains. Lionel, American Flyer, MTH, Weaver, LGB, Bachmann, Marklin, more. A fun activity for kids in Lancaster, visit the National Toy Train Museum, the best train museum in America.

National Watch & Clock Museum

National Watch & Clock Museum
Things-To-Do, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 684-8261 | 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512

The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. The latest expansion opened in October 1999 and featured an entirely new and redesigned exhibit space, as well as a new two-story addition. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America.

New Holland Area Historical Society & Museum

New Holland Area Historical Society & Museum
Bucket
website | map it | 207 East Main Street, New Holland, Pennsylvania, 17557

The museum is on the second floor of the historic kauffman building, located on the corner of main street and railroad avenue in new holland pa. Hours are thursday, friday & saturday from 10 am to 2 pm or by appointment. The museum is open to the public. Admission is by donation

New Holland Band Museum

New Holland Band Museum
Things-To-Do
website | map it | 717-354-0525 | ELANCO Library, top floor 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, Pennsylvania, 17557

Display of musical instruments from 1700 to present, plus photos, uniforms, and memorabilia of community bands of eastern Pennsylvania. Be part of the John Phillip Sousa band as you tour the historic displays.

North Museum

North Museum
Kids, Event Space
website | map it | 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

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North Museum of Natural History & Science

North Museum of Natural History & Science
Things-To-Do, Kids, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 291-3941 | 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

In 2013, the North Museum of Natural History & Science marks 60 years of inspiring curiosity and a love of science in children and adults of all ages. Through exhibits, events and educational programming, we hope to plant the seeds of exploration leading to a lifelong journey of discovery. Visit us often to find out about upcoming events and activities. There’s always something new at the North, a great museum for kids in Lancaster.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

Things-To-Do, Historic Place, Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | (717) 392-4633 | 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Visit President James Buchanan's Wheatland to learn more about Pennsylvania's only United States President and to explore the important story of his presidency, the fractious political issues of the times, and his private life in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and at his Wheatland estate.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Things-To-Do, Kids, Trains, Bucket, Event Space
website | map it | (717) 687-8628 | 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 17579

Pennsylvania's world-class museum of railroad history, with exhibits of over 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, uniforms, art work, tools and other artifacts from 1825 to the present. Unique programs and special events, vast library and archives, interactive railway education center, working restoration shop, outdoor restoration yard and turntable. Tours, facility rentals and other learning opportunities.

Ressler Mill Foundation

Ressler Mill Foundation
Things-To-Do, Historic Place, House-Tour
website | map it | 717-656-7616 | Corner Stumptown Road & Rte. 772, Ronks, Pennsylvania,

Featuring a well-preserved water-powered grain mill. The adjacent 1855 miller's house is a charming window to early 20th century housekeeping and family life.

Wolf Museum of Music and Art

Wolf Museum of Music and Art

website | map it | 717-392-6382 | 423 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

The stately three story Queen Anne structure was built during the period 1888-1890. Dr. Wolf first occupied the property in 1913. The home is spacious and tastefully decorated with 19th and early 20th century furniture. Many of the furniture pieces were made by the well known Lancaster county craftsman, Henry Slaugh.

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