400 College Avenue - Lancaster, PA 17603-3393 Phone: (717) 291-3941
HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.


The North Museum of Natural History and Science is Closed for Renovations for approximately three months as we reinvent the North Museum.  During our closure at 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, the North Museum will have a presence downtown in the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design building at 202 N. Prince Street, on the corner of Water and Chestnut streets, Lancaster.  We're calling our new temporary location Nano North.

  Opening October 3, Nano North will feature:  

  • Live Animals
  • Read, Touch and Discover 
    (Thursdays, starting October 9 at 10:30 am)
  • Nano Science Exhibition
  • Discovery Boxes
  • Nano North Gift Shop
Our hours will be...
Tuesday through Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm.
Closed Monday and Sunday.  
We will also be open for First Fridays October 3, November 5 and December 5.

So please join us at Nano North and just remember "water chestnut" and you'll know exactly where to find us!  

As we wait for renovations to be completed we would be happy to come to you with our Outreach Programs during our closure.  We are currently accepting reservations for Group Tours and Planetarium Shows beginning in January 2015. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this exciting time and we look forward to seeing you next year. The countdown to the reopening of the North Museum begin December 2014.

Read, Touch & Discover, a preschool program, now being offered 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.  Click HERE for dates, time, and complete schedule.

North Museum Marks a Century Without Passenger Pigeons

The North Museum of Natural History & 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, 626,143 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 Natural History & Science inspires curiosity, discovery, and lifelong appreciation of nature, science, and cultures through educational exhibits, collections, and programs.