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.


The Nature and Science of Holiday Shopping

Join us at Nano North on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for fun filled days of shopping and family friendly activities. Learn about the science of toys, enjoy seasonal hands-on activities, be dazzled by exciting science demonstrations, and so much more! Find great gifts for your junior scientist with awesome new merchandise in our Museum Shop.

Museum Holiday Hours: 
Friday, November 28, open 9 am – 8 pm with family friendly activities 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, November 29, open 9 am – 8 pm with family friendly activities 10 am – 4 pm
Monday, December 1, open 9 am – 5 pm

Visit us at Nano North, our temporary home, as our 400 College Avenue, Lancaster location is closed for renovations as we reinvent our visitors' experience.  

Nano North is located on the corner of Water and Chestnut streets in the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design building at 202 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. Just remember "water chestnut" and you'll know exactly where to find us!  

Nano North features:  

  • Live Animals
  • Read, Touch and Discover (Thursdays at 10:30 am through December 18)
  • Nano Science Exhibition
  • Discovery Boxes
  • Nano North Gift Shop
Our hours are...
Tuesday through Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm.
Closed Monday and Sunday.

We will also be open for First Fridays December 5 and January 2, 2015 from 5 - 9 pm.


Public Viewing Event of NASA's Orion Test Launch
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join the North Museum and Cosmic Mike® for a historic event paving the way for a new era in human spaceflight as Orion soars through space on Exploration Flight Test-1. Orion launches with America’s new rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). In 2017 the SLS will send a crew and cargo back into space and in the future on deep-space missions as far as Mars.

Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. at our temporary location called NanoNorth, as our main building is under renovations. Come early as the launch is currently scheduled for 7:05 a.m. EST and we'll have free giveaways courtesy of NASA.  We will continue to provide live coverage of the test launch up through the time the Orion capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean approximately 11:30 a.m. EST.

 From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. the North Museum's preschool program Read, Touch and Discover will be incorporated into this special event featuring Astronauts, Rockets and More and the book Mousetronaut written by retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly.

Read, Touch & Discover encourages young children to explore their world through stories, museum touchables, crafts, singing, movement and more. An adult is required and older siblings are welcome. Recommended for ages 3 – 6.  Due to space limitations, registration for Read, Touch and Discover is recommended.

Date and time of launch is subject to change via NASA.  For more information about the test launch visit http://exploredeepspace.com/

Renovating and Reinventing the North Museum with $3.5 million Campaign
Learn about the exciting transformation taking place at the North Museum.  For more information click HERE.

Conceptual drawings were provided by West Office Exhibition Design.

Join us for Read, Touch & Discover, a preschool program at NanoNorth!

Read, Touch & Discover encourages young children to explore their world through stories, museum touchables, crafts, singing, movement and more.

Nano North is a special place and we’ve selected some of our favorite Read, Touch & Discover stories and lessons to share with you in our temporary space.  We’ll touch live animals and celebrate the many different wonders of fall.  As always, there will be stories, songs and crafts. 

An adult is required and older siblings are welcome.   Recommended for ages 3 – 6.  Due to space limitations, registration is recommended.  Click HERE for complete schedule and to register.

North Museum Marks a Century Without Passenger Pigeons

The North Museum of Nature & Science has installed a display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.  Martha, (named after George Washington's wife), the last known living passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo September 1, 1914.  The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America with a population in the billions in the 19th century.  The species became extinct in a span of less than 50 years due to unrestricted hunting, destruction of their natural habitat, and exploitation.  

In addition to the display, the North Museum will be joining FOLD THE FLOCK - The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project.  FOLD THE FLOCK is an initiative of The Lost Bird Project, an art-based environmental non-profit that connects people with the earth through art, aligning with the Museum's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) initiative.

Numerous organizations from the Smithsonian Institution to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center have joined in to help create a virtual flock of 1,000,000 origami passenger pigeons by the end of the year, 1,143,775 have been created to date.  They have designed an origami pattern for the passenger pigeon that is available in printed and downloadable formats at www.foldtheflock.org or patterns will be available at the North Museum.

The North Museum invites the entire community to join in the project.  Simply fold your origami passenger pigeon and drop off at the North Museum to be included in the count, and placed on display in the Museum.

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!™