Reopening March 21, 2015
Located at 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 291-3941


Thank you for your interest in the North Museum of Nature and Science.  Nano North, our temporary location downtown, has now closed so that we can begin to prepare for the re-opening of our home at 400 College Avenue.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to welcoming you soon to the renovated, reinvented North Museum. 

North Museum to Officially Reopen Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m.

The reopening marks the completion of Phase I of the most extensive renovations in the Museum’s 61-year history. The North Museum, located on the corner of College and Buchanan Avenues in Lancaster, has been closed to the public since September 29, 2014.

“We are very excited to be preparing to reopen our doors on March 21,” said Margie Marino, executive director of the North Museum. “People will discover not just renovated spaces but a reinvented museum experience. The new North Museum will be a place where families can really let their inner scientist come out to play.” 

Highlights of the Phase I renovations include:

  • SciDome Theater, with its 41-foot NanoSeam Dome and SciDome XD projection system built by Spitz, Inc., of Chadd’s Ford. The new planetarium’s exceptional software, video animations, and digital programs will immerse visitors in topics ranging from astronomy to geology to meteorology—and much more; 
  • Nature Explorer Gallery, which combines the old Discovery and Live Animal Rooms into one space, complete with real touchable artifacts, an indoor beehive and a steel maple tree sculpted and installed by NatureMaker;
  • Three-foot diameter iGlobe that shows Earth from space, real-time weather patterns, and other planetary data;
  • Upgraded temporary exhibition space;
  • More energy efficient doors and windows at the front entrance;

  • New front steps, sidewalk, and a stroller- and wheelchair-friendly ramp that makes the front entrance accessible for all Museum visitors;
  • Reconfigured lobby space to better accommodate school groups and allow the SciDome Theater to operate independently from the rest of the Museum, particularly during evening hours;

  • Catering station with sink and refrigerator for special events and facility rentals;
  • New ADA-compliant restroom on the main floor and renovated restrooms on the other two floors.   

Click HERE for complete Press Release.

North Museum Starts Victory Challenge - Renovating and Reinventing with $3.5 million Campaign

In order to pay for the renovations and upgrades, the North Museum launched its 60th Anniversary Campaign, co-chaired by Paul Ware and Carrie Nunan Hill.  Ware recently noted, “Thanks to the efforts of our campaign committee members and volunteers, $2.95 million dollars have been raised to date, which represents 84% of the $3.5 million goal.” A group of ten donors—Andrew H. Appel; Patricia and George Desmond; Carrie Nunan Hill; Ethelmae and Clark McSparren, Jr., M.D.; Marianne S. and Joseph P. Nolt; and Judy S. and Paul W. Ware—have created the Bright Stars Victory Challenge to help the North Museum reach its campaign goal. Collectively this group has pledged $275,000 to match, dollar for dollar, all new or increased gifts or pledges regardless of size.

The North Museum expresses its gratitude to these individuals for their leadership, generosity, and faith that the community will respond. The Museum would like to thank the community in advance for supporting the Bright Stars Victory Challenge. This community support will assist the North Museum’s mission of bringing nature and science education to tens of thousands of children, families, school groups and other visitors.  As Carrie Nunan Hill recently said, quoting Albert Einstein, “You cannot teach today’s students with yesterday’s technology and expect tomorrow’s success.” 

Learn about the exciting transformation taking place at the North Museum

Conceptual drawings were provided by West Office Exhibition Design.

WATCH: Live eagle cam spies on eagle nest in York County

Join The Pennsylvania Game Commission in celebrating a thriving bald eagle population in Pennsylvania. This brief peek into the lives of this bald eagle family is brought to you by the coordinated efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission,HDOnTapComcast BusinessFriends of Codorus State Park and several other partners. Enjoy! And, be aware that, at times, nature can be difficult to watch.  Click HERE for Live Video Feed.

The North Museum of Nature & Science inspires curiosity, discovery, and lifelong appreciation of nature, science, and cultures through educational exhibits, collections, and programs.  

Let your inner scientist come out to play™