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!

 

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Choo Choo Barn – Traintown U.S.A.

226 Gap Road (Route 741 East)
Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-7911

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Gigantic model train layout! Our 1,700 square foot train display is home to over 150 hand-created, animated figures and 22 operating model trains. Family-owned since 1961, this work of art is fun for all ages! We are much more than “just trains”! Open daily, Mid-March - December.

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Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

721 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-5137

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Hands-on House features sights, sounds, and sensations of all kinds, designed to stimulate and educate. Through a kaleidoscope of hands-on activities we help children ages 2-10 and families learn by doing. Self-directed, interactive exhibits include Little Valley Farm and Farmers Market, STEM Lab, A-Mazing Airways, an outdoor Play Garden, and more!

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Historic Rock Ford

881 Rockford Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-392-7223

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Historic Rock Ford is the 33 acre estate of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand. It offers guided tours of the circa 1794 Hand Mansion as well as the opportunity to visit the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts located in a re-constructed 18th century barn.

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National Toy Train Museum

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

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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!

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Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assoc., Inc.

4977 Lincoln Hwy. East (Route 30)
Kinzers, PA 17535
717-442-4249

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See in operation and display antique tractor pulls, threshing, steam traction and stationary steam engines, large gas engines and hit and miss engines, tractors, construction equipment, our blacksmith shop and sawmill.

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Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road (Route 741 East)
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572
866-725-9666

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Steam through Amish country. Enjoy 45 minutes aboard a real steam train. Enjoy authentic trains and railroaders, shops, dining and other fun extras at the historic East Strasburg Station. Check schedules and additional information at www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.   All Aboard!

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The Amish Farm and House

2395 Covered Bridge Drive
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-6185

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Learn about the Amish at our educational farm museum! We offer guided house tours through an old Amish farmhouse and bus tours through beautiful Amish country. Visit our Amish schoolhouse, pet our animals and ride on Amish scooters all on our 15-acre farm.

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Wolf Sanctuary of PA

465 Speedwell Forge Road
Lititz, PA 17543
717-626-4617

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Wolf Sanctuary of PA offers a lifelong safe haven for displaced wolves and wolf-dogs.  The sanctuary provides quality care and enrichment for the wolves, and has grown into an educational facility, offering guided tours to provide education about wolf conservation and biology.  Visit their website for more information.

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Amish Village: Tour an Amish House, School, and Village

199 Hartman Bridge Rd. (Rt. 896)
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572
717-687-8511

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This is a must-do while visiting Strasburg. Take a guided tour of an 1840 Amish farmhouse and stroll throughout the scenic 12-acre grounds. Explore a one-room schoolhouse and mix and mingle with the Amish staff in the Smokehouse Market. Then, go on the backgrounds during a 90-minute Backroads Bus Tour.

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Bible History Exhibits

2827 Lincoln Hwy East
Ronks, PA 17572
717-288-2279

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Come see the greatest discoveries related to the Bible. See recreations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll, the Silver Scrolls, Isaiah’s Seal impression, Pilate’s ring, the Shroud of Turin, and many other artifacts from Biblical times. Experience the Bible as never before! 

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