Lancaster PA Museums


Lancaster County dates back to the 1700’s. In fact, at one point the city of Lancaster was the largest inland city in America. And it served as the nation’s capital for one day during the war of 1812.

There is a heritage of history and learning throughout the Pennsylvania Dutch Country that has been preserved through numerous museums and historical sites. Have fun exploring!


Biblical Tabernacle

Mennonite Information Center, 2209 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-299-0954

A guided presentation of a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle will bring to life this Biblical story from thousands of years ago. Marvel at a wax figure of the high priest dressed in his beautiful and unique garments as your guide explains the details to you. Visit website

Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-569-KIDS

Hands-on House features thousands of sights, sounds, and sensations of all kinds, designed to stimulate and educate. Through a kaleidoscope of hands-on exhibits we help children ages 2-10 and families learn by doing. Exhibits include Little Valley Farm, Mostly Make-Believe, The Corner Grocery, an outdoor Play Garden, and more!  Visit website

National Toy Train Museum

300 Paradise Lane,   Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572,   717-687-8976

Visit what is probably the world’s largest publicly exhibited collection of toy trains and accessories. We display rare, unusual and specialty trains and accessories from the 1800s by over a 100 different manufacturers. Enjoy six interactive operating layouts, plus our extensive toy train Research Library. Feel like a kid again!   Visit website

National Watch & Clock Museum

514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 717-684-8261

This fascinating museum will take you back through time as you explore the history of timekeeping devices. From early non-mechanical devices to today's atomic clocks. And over 12,000 items in this extensive collection, the largest horological collection in North America. Visit their website to learn more.