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Mennonite Information Center
Ranked #7 of 82 things to do in Lancaster
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Owner description: A place to come to learn about the Mennonites and Amish of Lancaster County through literature, videos, guided tours, and conversation with a knowledgeable staff person. Also we have a full-scale model of the Biblical Tabernacle on our grounds.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

We stopped here to pick up our guide and to see the Tabernacle reproduction. We spent 3 hours with our guide. She took us all over the area. I have no idea what we would have done in Amish country if not for her. I have no idea how other people tour the area without a guide. She was very knowledgeable of the Amish ways. She took us away from the touristy places to where the Amish farms really were. You can’t tour an Amish home, but you can see their farms and how they live. We stopped at several of their stores to shop and meet several Amish people.

Our guide gave us one very interesting tip. If the sign says “Amish” on it, then it’s not real Amish. The Amish people don’t refer to themselves as Amish. If they are selling something they just have a sign saying what it is (homemade jams and jellies, woodworking, homemade quilts, etc). But it won’t say Amish. That’s how you can tell the difference between authentic and something trying to attract tourists. That’s not to say that a tour of a farm or something labeled Amish can’t be good or informative, but it won’t be run by Amish people.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We enjoyed seeing the replica of the tabernacle at the Mennonite Center. It is nicely done and the tour director was very knowledgeable and passionate about her faith. The brief video did a nice job of explaining Mennonite history and the differences between Mennonites and Amish. This tour (which took about an hour) was worth the modest $7.50 investment.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Mennonite Information Center has a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle described in the Bible. A well-narrarated tour truly brings the Old Testament to life. From the sacrificial altar to the lamp stand and Ark of the Covenant, I have a much better "vision" of what the Tabernacle was made of and how it was used.

Thank Trucksmith
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Enjoyed learning more about the Amish and the Mennonites. Admire these people for the choices they've made in living a simple life. Two informative short films. Guide was very informative. Explained displays by telling a story. The gift shop was "10,000 Villages" which supports poorer nations with fair trade.

Thank Ellen D
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We were on a bus tour and stopped to pick up our guide. She was very good on telling us about the Amish and Mennonites.
I like history so this was excellent for me to know about their beliefs. The stops along the tour was very nice and the weather was excellent so we got to see the farmers in the fields.

Thank sha2839
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