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North Museum of Nature and Science

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Address: 400 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-3393
Phone Number: +1 717-291-3941
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Since 1953, the North Museum of Nature and Science has been Lancaster’s...

Since 1953, the North Museum of Nature and Science has been Lancaster’s place to discover science, nature, and cultures–from a turtle’s webbed feet to the dirty chunks of ice that form a comet. For generations of visitors, a trip to the North has sparked their curiosity, leading to a journey of lifelong learning.

At the North Museum we are dedicated to inspiring curiosity,

discovery, and a lifelong appreciation of nature, science, and

cultures through educational exhibits, collections, and programs.

Visit our new Explore Nature Gallery

Watch a live honeybee hive at work

Crawl into our awesome indoor giant discovery tree

Make new friends in our Live Animal Room

Explore the microscopic with our HD magnifier

Experience the first of its kind SciDome Theater

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Great Educational Visit

My kids love the hands on experiments they could do there and I was delighted by the lights in their eyes and the request to visit it again

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Gap Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My kids love the hands on experiments they could do there and I was delighted by the lights in their eyes and the request to visit it again

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Used to come to the North Museum when I was a kid but not surprisingly it has significantly changed since then. Upon bringing our grandchildren here recently, we saw the main level of the museum had become more of a hands on experience which the young ones loved. They especially liked petting/holding the reptiles. The basement, as I like to... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Took my grandson who is 6 to this museum. It seems very pricey for what it is. Actually I am not sure what the direction of the museum is. There is a dino exhibit, and a nano exhibit which just not seem to fit. Some of exhibits well done, but the museum is so sparse that you keep circling trying... More 

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

This museum is more for the little kids. I have no complaints about this museum though, the staff was nice and friendly and the facilities were spotless. If you are going to come here with teens do the planetarium, if you are going to come with younger kids then do the planetarium and the museum. This isn't that great of... More 

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Anne F, Guest Relations Manager at North Museum of Nature and Science, responded to this review

Hi Twilight- Thank you for sharing this review. Your feedback is valuable and helps us develop engaging exhibits and programs for visitors. We invite you to share suggestions with us directly at membership@northmuseum.org. Thank you. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely- Renee Weaver Visitor Services Manager More 

New Bern, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We carried our 4 year old grand daughter a science bug, she found it very interesting. This seemed to be a blend of an old museum and a newer more modern museum.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

The North Museum is a smaller museum but worth the visit. It has a top planetarium. Shows change regularly. This a great educational place to take your children or grandchildren for a visit. Three floors offering some interactive exhibits for children. You could do this for a few hours including the Sci Dome show.

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Thank Lynnky
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

I've been here numerous times over the years and even brought in some rare Devonian Period fossil fish specimens I could not identify. They sent them to the Smithsonian, who contacted the State Museum in Harrisburg, who contacted me. The museum is pretty big inside, plan on spending a few hours on several floors. Don't miss the basement displays!!! I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

The planetarium is the major attraction. The rest of the exhibits are fairly sparse. You can experience the entire place in an hour or less. What's there is interesting for younger children; but there's not much there for the price of admission.

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Thank Bill H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

The north museum is an impressive place, given that Lancaster is not a large city. The live animal room is always a hit, and be sure to go down to the basement to explore the taxidermy and gemstones. And open the bottom drawer of the cabinet...if you dare see the 2-headed calf! Be sure to catch a scidome show too.

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Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

Loved taking our kids here when they were younger. The price was great, we bought a yearly pass and went a few times over the year when the exhibits changed! Great for rainy days.

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