First National Bank Museum

First National Bank Museum, Columbia: Hours, Address, First National Bank Museum Reviews: 5/5

First National Bank Museum
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Jane C
Columbia, PA1 contribution
Couples
This was an excellent way to spend an hour on a beautiful summer day in Lancaster County! The beautiful decor of this bank preserved from the mid 1800s is mostly original and in great condition. Nora, the tour guide, went out of her way to make everyone feel right at home. This highly educational tour would be perfect for families with homeschoolers, antique lovers, couples traveling through Amish country, and teachers looking for an academic but fun field trip for their students.
Written July 8, 2022
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munequa718
Staten Island, NY33 contributions
Solo
This museum has a rich history of the area, and especially about the town's rich history connected to the civil war. It is meticulously maintained by Nora and her family, who was my guide, and gave me a very thorough history of the bank, the culture of the neighborhood, and how her family started a life long journey of the preservation of this historic landmark. The artifacts inside are amazing, you can see many ledgers, and learn how the bank system worked back in the olden days. Many of the furnishings came from the bank itself, and others are on loan, but the best part was the vault in the bank where you can see the safety systems set in place to protect the bank's money. There were also great pieces of art from local artisans that depicted the story of the burning bridge, and local architectural buildings and scenes. Nora was very knowledgeable and her dedication to preserving this beautiful bank is evident. Don't miss out a visit to this beautiful museum.
Written October 14, 2016
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BaltimoreTraveler91
Baltimore, MD28 contributions
Couples
What a great small museum!!! Our tour guide Nora gave us all sorts of information and insight into not only the First National Bank during its heyday and the banking industry in the region, but also the history of the building itself, which is a private residence as well as home to the museum.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is doing some sightseeing in the Columbia/Lancaster/York area and is interested in this sort of thing. Tours are by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead.
Written September 23, 2018
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Explorer724428
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Family
This is a beautiful little museum. I was blown away by the care Nora and her family have taken to restore and maintain the building and how extremely knowledgable they are. The bank artifacts and history are fascinating. Thank you so much!
Written June 5, 2019
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Dana B
Glenmoore, PA15 contributions
Family
2 dozen+ Detwilers were treated to the most amazing tour of this bank museum!! Was the first visit for the vast majority and Nora took us through the incredible history and bank artifacts, all very fascinating! We are so appreciative of the painstaking renovations having been made and continue! A must see for ANY history buff! We will definitely be back! Thank you so much for spending part of your afternoon with us!
Written June 2, 2019
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Sherry M
West Chester, PA188 contributions
Solo
The owner/tour guide Nora grew up in the building so she has much insight to the history. Beautiful wood detail inside. You will only be viewing the lowest level which is the bank. Original equipment and items along with explanations will keep your attention. Photos are allowed. I don't know that little ones would have much if any appreciation but it doesn't take too long to go through so if they are well behaved you will enjoy the tour. The length of the tour depends on your questions and interest. There are no set tour times as this is also a residence. Just call ahead.
Written July 10, 2018
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DaveJody
Greencastle, PA, USA22 contributions
Couples
A perfectly preserved bank with an exceptional tour guide (Nora). Well worth an hour of your time if visiting this historic river town
Written November 7, 2017
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Penrose leRoi
Lancaster County, PA7 contributions
A hidden gem in Lancaster County. Forget the buggies and shoofly pie, this place is not only beautiful, it's packed with historic implications and inspiring facts. Hosts, Nora and Michael, know their stuff and are happy to share their knowledge. Friendly and informative. This is the real thing. Authentic. Simply delightful.
Written October 20, 2019
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  • Tue - Wed 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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