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“A well done restoration”

Landis Valley Museum
Ranked #8 of 73 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is a fascinating (and growing) collection of buildings with an excellent guided tour. Lots of activities for the children. The main theme is life in a 19th century farming village in the Pennsylvania German area.

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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Great! Lot's to see and do. Pity it's only once a year.

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

A nice way to spend a few hours in the past. Characters give detailed insight into how people lived.

Thank Stanley Z
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

We'd wanted to come to the Amish Country for a while, but didn't really know much about the people. The center has a number of exhibits and books, but the best thing was the movie that explained about their history and the differences between the Amish and the Menonites. Viewing the film beforehand really enhanced our entire visit.

Thank Phil7108
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

My husband and I were looking for something to do while waiting for our hotel room to be ready. We happily stumbled upon the Landis Valley Museum. The Landis Family were collectors of all sorts of things and were very good at preserving their mementos. The area where they lived had been divided into lots and was home to several families and a real, town till the early 1960's. At that time, it was turned into a state operated park. However, people can see how a Pennsylvania-German farm was run. Many period-dressed guides were available to explain key elements of the town, the farm, and the Landis Family. We were able to preview an orientation video and then were given maps for a self-guided tour. Large collections of original tools, photos, letters, and portraits gave us a better idea of how the Family and their neighbors lived. There was also a children's version of the self-guided tour which allowed them to look for very specific artifacts. However, if this had been my own children when they were of an age to travel with us, I think they would just run from scene to scene and then say they were bored. It is an adult's exhibit and takes time to read, and ask questions. My husband and I had a very good time taking our time so we could experience the whole town. At the end, as in all good museums, there was a gift shop that sold drinks and ice cream in addition to all sorts of novelties pertinent to the Pennsylvania Dutch culture.

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