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Address: 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone Number: +1 717-291-3941
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Description: Since 1953, the North Museum of Nature and Science has been Lancaster’s...
Since 1953, the North Museum of Nature and Science has been Lancaster’s place to discover science, nature, and cultures–from a turtle’s webbed feet to the dirty chunks of ice that form a comet. For generations of visitors, a trip to the North has sparked their curiosity, leading to a journey of lifelong learning. At the North Museum we are dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and a lifelong appreciation of nature, science, and cultures through educational exhibits, collections, and programs. Visit our new Explore Nature Gallery Watch a live honeybee hive at work Crawl into our awesome indoor giant discovery tree Make new friends in our Live Animal Room Explore the microscopic with our HD magnifier Experience the first of its kind SciDome Theater
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Great Family Museum

This newly refurbished museum and planetarium was interesting to both adults and children. The program at the Planetarium was up-to-date and the guide was very knowledgeable. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This newly refurbished museum and planetarium was interesting to both adults and children. The program at the Planetarium was up-to-date and the guide was very knowledgeable. The exhibits were interesting and many were interactive for the children. We will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The North Museum of Nature and Science is an excellent learning center for my entire family. We enjoy this museum because you can go see a show in the planetarium and see two headed animals in the basement.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The North Museum just underwent a multi million dollar renovation. We always took our kids here every couple of years and they loved it. This was are first visit since the renovation and we were disappointed. There are not as many interactive activities for little children as there used to be and as many updated museum's currently do strive for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great place to take kids to show them that the word museum doesn't mean boring. My 8 year old and 4 year old grandsons roamed this museum for 3 hours, exploring all of the hands-on child-friendly exhibits, asking questions about the 'touch tank' animals, and watching the show in the planetarium. Inexpensive considering that it entertained them for so long.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I take my toddler to this museum a couple of times a month, and she loves it! The discovery room has multiple hands-on collections, including one that allows visitors to recreate an assortment of bird sounds, which usually gives the whole room a pleasing natural background din. The indoor bee hive is another highlight, allowing visitors to observe the daily... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A great, little museum for kids of all ages. The planetarium is the highlight so be sure to visit when there is a show. My kids love the beehive. It is indoors behind plexiglass so the bees can observed at work. Very cool!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

this museum has been closed for renovations. I was expecting something much better. There is very little to see or do. The main floor has a reptile exhibit. There are some magnetic bottles for hands on but that's it. The dinosaurs are metal or plastic. There are no maps of the place although one isn't needed. The entire museum is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I took my toddler too this museum and she loved it. There were a good amount of interactive activities for her to enjoy, including live reptiles, take out and touch items, and a bee hive! Make sure you don't miss the basement with older kids where they have taxidermy birds, fossils, and minerals.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The North Museum recently underwent a major renovation. The majority of the museum's floor space is one small circle. A lot of attention was put into the first third of the loop, with a nice exhibit featuring live animals and plenty of hands on activities for the kids. The rest of the small circle is under developed with two wordy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a good place to visit in an afternoon. Very educational for the kids. Very nice staff. Loved the bird collection.

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