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Menno-Hof Mennonite - Amish Visitor Center
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Owner description: Amish and Mennonite museum and visitor center.
Reviewed 11 November 2017

The Menno-Hof Visitor Center is a superb way to learn about Anabaptist principles, the beginnings (and persecution) of the Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites nearly 500 years ago, and how they made their way to America. There is a imaginative mix of teaching tools -- videos, reading, displays, semi-interactive rooms, guided, on your own -- which makes learning easy (albeit some are not oriented for children). The emphasis is on the history of the Anabaptists and is from their perspective; there is no focus on current living styles, although there is an Amish home/kitchen display at the end of the tour.

We spent more than the anticipated 1.5 hours as we were quite fascinated by the stories and read most of the placards.

Parking was easy. Guides were friendly. Admission cost was very reasonable and is listed, along with hours, on the website. Always closed Sundays. Highly recommend if you are interested in history, religions, and cultures, and wish to understand others' beliefs, even as they may differ from your own.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

The Mennonite- Hoff was a great place to visit. We had a guided tour with narratives explaining the history of the Amish people, the Mennonites, and explaining the differences between them. It was a very interesting tour and was under $10.00. There is a small gift shop with beautiful handcrafted items made by Amish people. I would recommend it to People me of all ages.

Thank caregivertess
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We always wondered the difference between Mennonites and Amish. Well, now we know. The guy at the register in the gift shop welcomed us to the tour. There was guy standing next to him. I asked the first guy, "What's the difference between Mennonites and Amish?" He said, I'm wearing contemporary clothes and I have a mustache to go with my beard. The gent next to him had a beard but no mustache. So there you go. Honestly, great, comprehensive and well done combination of guided and self tours at this museum. Next time we're in town, we'll go back and finish the tour.

Thank Bianca S
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We learned a lot about the Amish and Mennonite communities and how they came to be in the area. Very well organized and easy to understand displays.

Thank rlfskf
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The information presented explained the difference between the Amish, Mennonites, and the Hutterites .. and their beginnings starting from Martin Luther's Thesis that were nailed to the Roman Catholic Church Door.

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