Temporarily located at the corner of Water and Chestnut Streets in Downtown Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 291-3941
HOURS: Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plan Your Group Visit

School Visits

For scheduling, information or reservations call 717-291-4371.  Online reservations now available!

Use a guided tour to enrich your group's experience. Our staff provides valuable information about the galleries, exhibits, artifacts, and specimens. We'll work with you to address your group's curriculum or academic standards. The recommended length for your guided tour is 90 minutes and can include up to four of the Museum's exhibitions. Additional time is needed to include a Planetarium program or a visit to the Museum Shop.

Please have the following information ready:

  • Preferred and two alternate dates
  • Number of participants and chaperones
  • Age or grade of visitors
  • Arrival and departure time
  • Your tour and planetarium choices

Guided Tour Prices:

  • Tour only $7.00 per person
  • Tour and planetarium $10.00 per person
  • For groups of 10 or more that make a reservation there will be a 10% discount.

Reservation Guidelines:

  • Guided tours are available Tuesday - Friday throughout the year.
  • Reservations are required at least 2 weeks before the requested date.
  • A group of at least ten is required to schedule a guided tour.
  • A group of at least twenty is required to schedule a planetarium program.
  • Shopping can be included, but must be scheduled as part of your tour.

Prices, exhibitions, and programs are subject to change. Memberships do not apply to group tours.

Tour Choices (choose up to 4)

Dinosaur GalleryLook for clues in the fossil record as you examine claws, teeth, and bones. Investigate models of other prehistoric animals and compare them to modern day animals to gain a better understanding of these ancient creatures. 

Discovery Room
Handle and touch specimens and artifacts as you exploremany wonders of natural history and science. Discovery boxes provide hands-on experiences with natural objects such as rocks, shells, or animal feet. Make observations and ask questions to identify artifacts.  

Hall of the Cosmos
From our solar system to galaxies and beyond, the Hall of the Cosmos provides interactive opportunities, scaled models and large format Hubble Space Telescope images. Also stop by the Tech Theater to view our live news feed ViewSpace from the Space Telescope Science Institute, providing the latest information on NASA missions and findings.  Find your place in space.             

Live Animal Room
Understand how zoologists classify animals based on a variety of traits. Explore some of the unique characteristics of insects, arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians as you classify examples of the Museum's live animals. Pay attention and look carefully - not all characteristics are visible. Touching is encouraged.

Cabinet Museum
Learn about birds, rocks, and bugs galore as you explore the Museum's natural history collections. What can they teach us about our world? A scavenger hunt tailored to your group's age will open your students' eyes to a wide variety of amazing specimens. Learn fascinating facts for your next outdoor adventure.