Landis Valley Museum

Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster: Hours, Address, Landis Valley Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Landis Valley Museum
4.5
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
About
Due to the precautions taken regarding COVID-19, the museum will be closed until further notice. Relax and roam through the authentic crossroads village and farms of Landis Valley as you learn the rich history of the Pennsylvania Germans of Lancaster County. Comprised of over 40 buildings on 100 acres, the museum is the guardian of 65+ varieties of heirloom seeds and the largest collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts in the U.S. Through costumed demonstrators, special events, group tours, award-winning exhibits, and educational programs for adults and children you'll come away all the more enriched by your experience here.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,313 contributions
History
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great little museum but the grounds are fabulous. Great walk and the working farm is awesome. So much information on the life in German Pennsylvania during early and mid American history.
Written June 6, 2021
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Span_pro
Enfield, CT99 contributions
Very good as it was; more will be open as COVID eases
May 2021
We took the tour on a rainy, cool weekend. Not all of the buildings were open, and not all of the experiences were available, because they were still in the process of opening fully, due to COVID. Still, it was definitely a worthwhile experience. The bar, hotel, general store and farm machinery building were highlights, and the homestead and clothing production areas were instructive. Our guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. I very much recommend the place as a look back into PA Dutch history and life, and as they become fully operational, it will just get better.
Written June 4, 2021
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Karen C
Racine, WI6 contributions
So much to do, see, experience!
Apr 2019
There’s so much to do, see and experience at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. We visited the first time in April to attend the museum’s annual Spring Benefit Auction where we discovered a wonderful array of reproduction and interpretive crafts by skilled artisans, antiques, art and other items of interest to historically minded people, plus gift baskets and certificates from local and regional businesses who support historical preservation. We returned later in the Summer for Civil War Days and then in the Fall for Harvest Days, which showcases how early farmers and their families harvested their crops, celebrated the end of summer and lived as a community. In December, with Christmas coming, we enjoyed the Belsnickle, the Pennsylvania German character who quizzes children to see if they've been naughty or nice.

The “interpreters” – those people who demonstrate and discuss the crafts and skills of the 18th and 19th century life – are volunteers, so they are not on duty every day of the week. If you are particularly interested the interpreters, who are excellent, you may wish to call ahead to find out which buildings are staffed.

We expect to return for this year's Spring Auction, looking for bargains and special gifts for friends and family, since we support historic preservation.

P.S. Fun fact: This is the place where the movie “Beloved” was filmed since its character is so true to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Written February 21, 2020
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Leo H
Jenkintown, PA35 contributions
Old School Amish
Oct 2019
Great place to visit. We went when they had their end of season festival. We enjoyed all of their home-made recipes of Apple Cider and Sour Krauts! Told my wife how to prepare it herself! Great stuff!
Written February 11, 2020
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hobolinda
Torrance, CA148 contributions
Go on a slow day
Nov 2019
From other reviews, I can see this museum would not be as enjoyable if there are hoards of people. When we went, on a chilly Saturday in mid-November, there were very few visitors, yet many buildings were staffed and we listened to many interesting stories of life back when. The best open air museum I have been to in the US thus far.
Written December 29, 2019
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rangyhulu
Belgrade, Serbia78 contributions
Living history
Dec 2019 • Couples
My spouse and I went there on a cold winter day. We were the only ones at this very interesting living history museum. The experience starts with a 13 minute film explaining the history of the Landis brothers. Both were collectors, maybe even what we would now call hoarders, of artifacts from the local area with the aim of preserving and understanding the history of Lancaster county.
You will see the gunsmith shop and learn how rifles were fabricated before automation. We learned the process took three months per rifle.
There are many buildings each displaying a certain aspect of life in the Landis Valley over the last several hundred years. We learned how clothing was made from hemp. Again, a lengthy process taking many months to make one garment.

Our excellent tour guide, Nancy, made the experience memorable. Be sure to take the tour with a guide.
Written December 23, 2019
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Craig B
Owen Sound, Canada366 contributions
Make Sure to Take a Guided Tour
Dec 2019
Nancy, our guide, made all the difference. She was very knowledgeable about each of the five buildings we toured with her, ones which in early December are otherwise closed. Also, she was very patient with our two grandchildren each under the age of four. The facility shows treasured artifacts of the development of German heritage settlers who came to this part of the state hundreds of years ago, and a family struggle to preserve this heritage.
Written December 3, 2019
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928BonnieC
Sacramento, CA777 contributions
Great Sunday stop before trip to Gettysburg
Oct 2019 • Friends
Good Sunday afternoon activity when many things closed. It was rainy, cold day— but didnt dampen experience. The living history demos were fantastic!!! Ive toured tavern in Williamsburg, but never saw woman actually cooking meal, showing you how to use coals, change fire level etc. Gunsmith showed how you rifle barrel of gun, how to load & fire, etc. Gave ys a real appreciation when we were at Gettysburg & saw the rifles, muskets, etc. Definitely worth 2-3 hours
Written October 27, 2019
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We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Landis Valley!
Written November 4, 2019
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lakegeorgegirl
Philadelphia suburbs39 contributions
So disappointed!
Oct 2019
We were staying in Lititz and our B & B owner recommended visiting here. Our morning was filled so we arrived around 1:15. We were told it was “history day” and the senior rate was not accepted because it was a special day. Not a big deal but I had thoroughly checked the website including the calendar of events and there was no mention of this. There were four demonstrations available to see, one was ending at 2 and the others at 3. We rushed to see these & many of them were packed with schoolchildren. We didn’t mind this but some of the spaces were quite small. We were told that the remaining buildings without craftspeople would remain open until 4:30. However by 3:30 almost everything was closed and locked. This was very disappointing as the hours are 9 to 5. I understand that the volunteers aren’t available to work long hours but this should’ve been made clear when we came. I would only recommend going in the morning when you are sure to see everything. Actually I recommend going to the Ephrata Cloisters where we were today instead. It’s much better organized and not just geared to school groups.
Written October 25, 2019
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Paula R
Leola, PA25 contributions
Landis Valley Haevest Fest.
Oct 2019
Such a nice experience. We go to this event every year. There is so much to look at. Hay rides, touring all the buildings, crafts and so much more.
Written October 20, 2019
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Landis Valley Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM