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North Museum of Nature and Science

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Address: 400 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-3393
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+1 717-291-3941
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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So much to see and learn....

OK, it was a rainy day and I had a friend in from CT. We walked just a half block to the venue I took my children to when they were young (under age 10). Had not been to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 19, 2017
Karen R
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

OK, it was a rainy day and I had a friend in from CT. We walked just a half block to the venue I took my children to when they were young (under age 10). Had not been to the North Museum in many moons...ha get it. Anyway, it has been beautifully renovated and the displays are enjoyable by the... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

This small, full, museum is just a delight. I regularly take the wee grandchildren here. The two and five years olds love the movies. We have all learned so much from each one. Buy a year pass and just show up to a great movie. The dinosaurs also thrill the wee ones. And there is so much more for them... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to visit, especially with young kids. Most of the exhibits and planetarium shows tend to be geared for younger students. Adults will also like the awesome collection of birds in the basement. It is as though Audubon himself donated his collection. While I loved the birds, I couldn't get my kids away from the LEGOS,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

My kids love the hands on experiments they could do there and I was delighted by the lights in their eyes and the request to visit it again

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Used to come to the North Museum when I was a kid but not surprisingly it has significantly changed since then. Upon bringing our grandchildren here recently, we saw the main level of the museum had become more of a hands on experience which the young ones loved. They especially liked petting/holding the reptiles. The basement, as I like to... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Took my grandson who is 6 to this museum. It seems very pricey for what it is. Actually I am not sure what the direction of the museum is. There is a dino exhibit, and a nano exhibit which just not seem to fit. Some of exhibits well done, but the museum is so sparse that you keep circling trying... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

This museum is more for the little kids. I have no complaints about this museum though, the staff was nice and friendly and the facilities were spotless. If you are going to come here with teens do the planetarium, if you are going to come with younger kids then do the planetarium and the museum. This isn't that great of... More 

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Anne F, Guest Relations Manager at North Museum of Nature and Science, responded to this review

Hi Twilight- Thank you for sharing this review. Your feedback is valuable and helps us develop engaging exhibits and programs for visitors. We invite you to share suggestions with us directly at membership@northmuseum.org. Thank you. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely- Renee Weaver Visitor Services Manager More 

New Bern, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

We carried our 4 year old grand daughter a science bug, she found it very interesting. This seemed to be a blend of an old museum and a newer more modern museum.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

The North Museum is a smaller museum but worth the visit. It has a top planetarium. Shows change regularly. This a great educational place to take your children or grandchildren for a visit. Three floors offering some interactive exhibits for children. You could do this for a few hours including the Sci Dome show.

Thank Lynnky
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

I've been here numerous times over the years and even brought in some rare Devonian Period fossil fish specimens I could not identify. They sent them to the Smithsonian, who contacted the State Museum in Harrisburg, who contacted me. The museum is pretty big inside, plan on spending a few hours on several floors. Don't miss the basement displays!!! I... More 

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