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“One of my favorite places”

Landis Valley Museum
Ranked #7 of 79 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 March 24, 2012

The Farm Museum has grown over the years to incorporate more buildings and more area. The tours are full of fascinating information, and jsut exploring the property at your own pace works too, since everything is well marked and there are lots of placards explaining what you're looking at. Additionally, the property is well kept and absolutely beautiful. And an added plus, the museum shares a parking lot with another fun place for the children - Hands On House, with both outdoor and indoor learning activities disguised as fun.

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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Our last visit to Landis Valley was for Harvest Days. What a wonderful way to spend a fall weekend. Lots of food and fun for all. So many different activities, most from a bygone era (1800s, 1700s). Crafts and crafting galore. The only downside was waiting in line for food. If you loved Little House on the Prairie (books OR TV show), you will love visiting Landis Valley Museum.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

Our family attended Landis Valley on Charter Day which is a day when several of the historical sites in PA are open free to the public. I am not sure i would visit on a nomal paying day as the price really adds up for a small family. I am happy we managed to attend on a free day. There is a lot to see. Kids get to see the draft horses working and staff walking around in period costume. Some, and most, buildings you can walk right in, staff is tending to the fire and making biscuits for the visitors. It is easy to enjoy your time walking around the site that is closely knit which makes those who can't walk far, comfortable for them. Lots of strollers, family friendly, food available, lots of historical buildings and artifacts to see. The conestoga exhibit building was very interesting. While I am all for money going to historical sites such as this, make sure you look for money saving coupons before you go. It is worth the trip and you will enjoy yourself. Nice picnic area.

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

The Landis Valley Museum is a fun place to take the whole family. It is an open air museum that has preserved historic buildings that represent life in the time of the early settlers of Lancaster County. They hold many special days and festivals throughout the year, so check their website for their calendar of events.

1  Thank searchingamerica
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Landis Valley Museum is a recreated village focused on collections that interpret Pennsylvania German heritage and culture from about 1750 to 1940. For a single admission fee, visitors get to move from building to building to get an idea of what life might have been like a century or two ago. You can see farm animals in a working farm; you can ride a horse drawn wagon; you can watch food preparation and other household chores being performed.

The collections are brought to life through interpreters who tell of their function and purpose. You can talk with the storekeeper at the village store; you can see farmers at work; you can watch an old woman making lace; and you can smell the foods being prepared at the local tavern. Make sure to take enough time to see everything. This place is really quite interesting.

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