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“Cute place but many attractions closed on weekends”

Landis Valley Museum
Ranked #8 of 82 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 October 19, 2013

Our 3 year old had fun at this place but beware that many of the attractions are CLOSED on weekend (or the day we were there, which was an October Saturday-- not exactly off season). Many of the buildings (like the blacksmith) were closed and there were only a handful of buildings that had actors doing demonstrations. AND, the demonstrations close during lunch (noon-1pm). For $12pp and $8/kids, this was very overpriced considering how many buildings were closed. If there's anything you really want to see, you should call in advance to be sure it will be open.

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"general store"
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"living history"
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"gift shop"
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"several buildings"
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"two brothers"
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"horse drawn wagon"
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"german heritage"
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"costumed staff"
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"sturbridge village"
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"conestoga wagon"
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"school groups"
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"large building"
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"farm machinery"
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"step back in time"
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"local history"
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"short video"
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

As residents of Lancaster County and grandparents of five grandchildren, we find the Landis Valley Museum to be a great place to get outside when the weather permits. We go almost every weekend during the spring, summer, and fall to feed Tonya the Turkey and the horses. The staff is very friendly and the special events (plant sale, Harvest Days, Civil War encampment) are fun and educational.
Just as importantly, Landis Valley helps my wife and I connect with our PA German heritage.

Thank SandJ_Travelers
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I have only one thing that comes to mind when I think of Landis Valley Museum: I felt like I was Laura Ingalls or whoever from "The little house on the prairie".
I really enjoyed it. Some of the displays with the automats were a litlle "old" (as in "looked a little lame"), but other than that, a very interesting visit, I recommend it.

Thank Mushaboom10
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a really terrific "living"museum. It is a village that might have existed in the late eighteen hundreds and has a variety of buildings to visit. Many of them feature craftsmen showing how things were done in the period. You walk the old streets and visit the blacksmith, or the general store, or old homes. This is not an Amish village but is more a typical village of the time. There are many Amish villages in the Lancaster area that can be visited., but this is not one. This village celebrated Pennsylvania German heritage. We really enjoyed our visit and found the people who were in the homes as "interpreters " of the times to be friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I took a group of 16 seniors to this museum and everyone had a great time. We saw a short video to acquaint us with the Amish, toured the property in a horse drawn wagon(lots of fun) and walked around also. The docents in various rooms were very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Don't miss this place.

2  Thank cburdman
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