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North Museum of Nature and Science

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Address: 400 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-3393
Phone Number: +1 717-291-3941
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Neat niche museum but lean on content, costly admission and only for very young

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2016
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Pennsylvania
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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1 Thank TFopinion
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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Thank barthur11
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Lynnky
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars 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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Thank Doug B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

The planetarium is the major attraction. The rest of the exhibits are fairly sparse. You can experience the entire place in an hour or less. What's there is interesting for younger children; but there's not much there for the price of admission.

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Thank Bill H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

The north museum is an impressive place, given that Lancaster is not a large city. The live animal room is always a hit, and be sure to go down to the basement to explore the taxidermy and gemstones. And open the bottom drawer of the cabinet...if you dare see the 2-headed calf! Be sure to catch a scidome show too.

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Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Loved taking our kids here when they were younger. The price was great, we bought a yearly pass and went a few times over the year when the exhibits changed! Great for rainy days.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I was impressed with the amount of interactive exhibits at this smaller museum. My two year old loved all the tactile exhibits, although I would say it would be ideal if she were around 4 as some of it was too advanced. The live bee hive and other animals were especially exciting.

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