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.

Permanent Exhibits


Dinosaur Gallery
Look 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 explore many wonders of natural history and science. Discovery boxes provide hands-on experiences with natural objects such as rocks, shells, and animal feet. You can 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 like the Magic Planet - a spherical digital globe, three dimensional model of the Big Dipper, and the black hole gravity well. The gallery also features scaled models and large format Hubble Space Telescope images. Stop by the Tech Theater to watch astronomy related video content.  Come and 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.


"60 Years and Counting"

The North Museum of Natural History & Science marks 60 years of inspiring life-long learning. Explore the history and future of the Museum with this multimedia exhibit. Significant turning points and personal stories are brought to life with video interviews and a collection of photography.  Play our photo scavenger hunt and enter to win a free North Museum membership!