Since 1953, the North Museum of Nature and Science has been Lancaster’s place to discover science, nature, and history. Remodeled in 2015, the museum offers an engaging Explore Nature Gallery, Live Animal Room, Dinosaur Gallery, state of the art planetarium and more! Visitors who have grown up coming to the North Museum will remember our extensive collections of fossils, rocks, minerals, and birds. For generations, a visit to the North Museum has sparked their curiosity, leading to a journey of lifelong learning.
The North Museum’s influence extends far beyond those who visit the museum and includes students and their families within the community. As a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) conversation, the North Museum reaches over 12,000 students in more than 250 local schools every year through community based programming like the Science & Engineering Fair, STEM Sisters, and What in the World career exploration. The North Museum is dedicated to inspiring ongoing education and learning from children to adults!
Mission: To enable knowledge of nature and science by inspiring individuals, engaging communities, and connecting organizations.
The Museum was founded in 1953 by Franklin & Marshall College. Named for Lancaster businessman Hugh M. North, whose estate funded the building’s construction, the North Museum quickly became a destination in the community for introducing children to the natural world. Over time, dedicated staff and volunteers were among the earliest museum professionals to embrace a philosophy of public science education.
The Museum’s collections trace their existence back to the 19th century and an active group of amateur naturalists in Lancaster County called the Linnaean Society. They collected specimens to document the flora and fauna of this region, and in time, their combined collections found a home at Franklin & Marshall College. Today, the North Museum’s collections include more than 360,000 objects in disciplines ranging from archaeology to zoology.
The North Museum became an independent non-profit organization in 1992, and in 2009, the Museum received its fourth re-accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Fewer than five percent of museums nationwide earn this mark of institutional excellence.
Interim Executive Director
Business Office Manager
Manager, Individual & Corporate Philanthropy
Community Relations & Communications/Gift Shop Manager
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Mike Smith (aka Cosmic Mike®)
Senior Astronomy Educator
STEM Education Facilitator
Visitor Services & Membership Manager
Digital Marketing & Visitor Services Associate
Exhibits & Collections Manager
Live Animal Technician
Charles holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from SUNY Stony Brook; is an executive leader with a distinguished career in the healthcare, biotech, life sciences, diagnostic and central laboratory industries; and the Administrative Director Lab Integration and Planning at WellSpan Health. He is a strategic philanthropist serving on numerous boards, including a 10 year stint on the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Council of Philatelists. Charles lives in Lancaster with his wife Kathleen and two daughters, McKenna and Mia.
Kyle Smith is a Partner with Integrity Certified Public Accountants, LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Millersville University. A native of Lancaster, Kyle has been coming to the North Museum since he was a young child and now enjoys bringing his own family.
Immediate Past President
W. Henry Yaeger is Managing Principal of Banner Group LLC, a strategy advisory firm. His diverse experience includes roles in finance, strategy and general management at organizations including The Hershey Company, Unilever US, a software startup, a boutique investment bank and nonprofit management school in Eastern Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Mr. Yaeger was born in Peru and speaks Spanish fluently.
Dr. Jeffrey Pendleton