Museums Things To Do in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster County Museums

Lancaster County museums offer insight into every aspect of the culture in PA Dutch Country, from local art and the Amish community to natural science, trains and Lancaster history. Visit an underground railroad center, a PA German living history village, or the home of the 15th president of the United States. Check out museums comprised entirely of quilts, teddy bears and Christmas memorabilia - the possibilities are endless!

For more information on these Lancaster County museums and historic attractions, click the links below.

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136 Brown Street, Race Street Platform, Middletown, PA 17057

(717) 944-4435 (877) 987-2469

Enjoy an 11-mile train ride along the Swatara Creek while learning the history of the area.

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U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

(610) 388-2700

Just a short and scenic drive from Lancaster County, the Brandywine River Museum exhibits American art in a 19th century gristmill.

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63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

(717) 534-3439

Where the story comes to life!

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Historic Zerchers Hotel, 11 Green Street, Christiana, PA 17509

(610) 593-5340

This self-guided museum will allow you to trace the steps leading up to and following the Resistance at Christiana, also know as the Christiana Riot.

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1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584

(717) 464-4438

Cross this threshold and experience colonial life as you enter the oldest residence in Lancaster County.

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230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603

717-392-4633

Our recently expanded facility offers an extensive research library and archives specializing in Lancaster County History and genealogy. Come see our galleries showcasing objects from our collections.

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3300 Board Road, York, PA 17406

(717) 767-6481 (800) 358-9675

The Weightlifting Hall of Fame contains a diverse history of the strength sports, their evolution from mythology to early Olympic Games and from the 19th and 20th century amateur and professional strongmen to the current specialized sport of Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and bodybuilding.

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632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522

(717) 733-6600

One of America's earliest communal societies, best known for its original art and music and distinctive medieval Germanic architecture.

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514 Poplar Street, corner on 5th & Poplar Sts.; entrance on 5th St., Columbia, PA 17512

(717) 684-8261

Experience a fun and fascinating journey into the world of timekeeping, beautifully illustrated by more than 12,000 treasures of time.

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2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 393-9745

A wonderful source for Pennsylvania German history, genealogy, and material culture. Includes museum exhibit, "Decorated and Plain: A Mennonite and Amish Sampler."

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38 South Second Street, Columbia, PA 17512

(717) 684-4325

Outstanding collection of early 18th-century Philadelphia furniture and English accessories predating 1750, in a 1738 stone house.

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300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-8628

Discover the colorful history and dramatic technology of Pennsylvania's railroad industry.

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2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-0401

Largest Pennsylvania Dutch Living History Farm & Village in the country, interpreting German Heritage from 1740-1940, including tours and traditional craft demonstrations.

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Historic Schaefferstown Inc., 106 North Market Street, Schaefferstown, PA 17088

(717) 949-2244

Experience life from an authentic Pennsylvania German point of view. See a history of timeless traditions.

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21 North 2nd Street, Columbia, PA 17512

717-684-2894

Located in the original English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbia Historic Preservation Society is a museum dedicated to the preservation of the river town, formerly known as Wright’s Ferry and now known as Columbia.

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230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-4633

The historic house museum of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan, the only bachelor president and only one from Pennsylvania.

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721 Landis Valley Road, adjacent to Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-5437

A children's museum dedicated to helping kids learn, and making sure they have lots of fun in the process. Playing and learning go hand-in-hand.

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3427 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562

(717) 442-7950

Walk through amazing life-sized exhibits celebrating the history and traditions of the holiday, then enjoy our wonderful Gift Shop.

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881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 392-7223

The historic 18th century home of General Edward Hand remains an authentic example of refined country living.

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454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 509-6363

Experience the hands-on, interactive learning experience of The Lancaster Science Factory, where children of all ages will discover that Science is FUN!

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