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.


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. Within the next week we’ll be announcing our grand re-opening date. Watch this Web site, or other local media for details. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to welcoming you soon to the renovated, reinvented North Museum. 

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

The North Museum of Nature and Science will re-open in early 2015. The official re-opening date for the renovated and reinvented Museum will be announced in late January. The project, which began in September with the removal of the old plaster Planetarium dome, is the largest transformation that the Museum has experienced in its 61-year history.

In October High Construction Company, the Museum’s general contractor, demolished everything on the first floor, creating a large empty box, into which new exhibitions will be installed. The walls of the new Full-Dome Digital Theater have gone up, creating new entrance and exit points.  Additionally, the front steps and sidewalk were removed and will be replaced with a new stroller - and wheelchair-friendly ramp that makes the front entrance accessible for all Museum visitors. The installation of the Spitz NanoSeam dome and SciDome XD projection system is now underway. West Office Exhibit Design has completed plans for the new Nature Explorer Gallery, which will feature an indoor beehive and a steel NatureMaker tree. North Museum staff, supporters, and volunteers are excited about the progress that has been made and anxiously await the return to College Avenue.

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.

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

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