Your Gateway to the Universe

Come explore over 500 million years of history and science and let your inner scientist come out to play!

Discover the natural world through the North Museum’s many exhibits- from live animals and interactive displays to the beautifully displayed birds, mammals, fossils and minerals.

Light up your curiosity and imagination while learning how Scientists and Inventors are using their knowledge of the natural world to create new, amazing, and life-changing advances in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

NEW EXHIBIT – America’s Wolves

In this exhibit, discover America’s wolves – the Red Wolf, the Gray Wolf, the Mexican Wolf and the Eastern Wolf. The exhibit features content that is educational and thought-provoking. It encourages interactivity through games, quizzes, and discussion points.

  • Wolves are important! Explore how wolves are a benefit to their habitats as apex predators and keystone species.
  • Myth Busting. Bust some myths about wolves by taking a “true or false” quiz.
  • Wolves need our help. Help save our wolves! Engage in a realistic presentation of what it will take to save wolves.
  • Take action!  Anyone can help save wolves – play a game to learn how!

NEW EXHIBIT – The Coding Corner

Welcome to our newest STEM exhibit: the Coding Corner. It’s the museum’s hub for computer and math learning through games, activities, and play!

Activities will include:

  • Sphero Bots
  • Robot Mouse
  • Solar / Salt-water Powered Robo Cars
  • VR Goggles
  • Pixel Activities
  • Code Gamer

Explore the Past

This part of the museum features a full-size dinosaur model, a view of Pennsylvania 200 million years ago, and many dinosaur skulls and bones.  Get hands-on!   Visitors can handle real fossils and bones in this interactive Paleontology Gallery.  With an in-depth look at T. Rex, (the tyrant lizard king) and the opportunity to get up close to prehistoric life, this exhibit is sure to please dinosaur lovers young and old.

New: Check out the newly arrived Irish Elk!  This fascinating, gigantic deer lived between 1,000,000 and 7,000 years ago.  On loan from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, this real Irish Elk skeleton will thrill the mind and inspire the imagination.

Explore Nature Gallery

This fun-filled space incorporates science and nature in a fun, hands-on area. The space includes the live, glass-walled observation bee hive, interactive tree model, digital microscope, and ever-changing informative displays. Also, be sure to check out the amazing floor tile that helps illustrate the topography of our Susquehanna River Basin. Come play with nature!

The Fluorescent Rock Box

Uncover a hidden world of color in the North Museum’s exhibit, the “Rock Box”.  Designed in partnership with local company, ATOMIC, this three-dimensional exhibit describes the science behind light.

The “Rock Box” exhibit allows visitors to view these hidden sights through a combination of curated specimens from the Museum’s own geology collections, and different ultraviolet light wavelengths.  This mixture of nature and science work together to produce a vibrant, fluorescent display revealing what was once unseen.

Live Animal Room

Get to know more than twenty different species of animals in the North Museum’s Live Animal Room. Say hello to snakes, lizards, degus, turtles, toads, tarantulas, and more on your next visit. Help feed the animals and learn about their diet every Saturday at 12:30 pm.

Explore the Live Animal Room

STEAM Art Gallery

Highlighting the ‘A’ in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), the Museum’s STEAM Art Gallery is dedicated to the work of local artists whose art is inspired by science and nature. An interactive scavenger hunt activity is included on this level to engage visitors of all ages. Art installations rotate on a regular basis.

Exhibition Artists, January 2019 – April 2019
Featured artists include: Matthew Dougherty, star constellation oil paintings; Kevin Witman, astronomy photography; Kathleen Rothenberger, acrylic paintings of bird wildlife and the Lancaster Country Day high school art department, mixed media, fauna, flora, reptiles and ocean life.

Geology Room

A rock-lover’s paradise, the Geology Room offers a tantalizing look at the Earth’s many rocks and minerals.  Our antique display cases show off many geological finds, while the newer cases  are filled with informative displays.  One case contains the display entitled, “Mineral Mysteries”, developed after a STEM Sisters event, that demonstrates how different minerals play a role in everyone’s daily life. These exhibits and a special scavenger hunt encourage you to discover and learn more about Geology down in the Museum’s lower level.

Ornithology Room

Let your imagination take flight.  Down on the Museum’s lowest level you will find a wide variety of birds displayed in beautiful, antique cases. This prized collection of both rare and local specimens wonderfully represents the amazing world of birds.  There are examples of both present day and pre-20th century taxidermy.  Whether you are an avid birder or you just want to know what bird was at your feeder this morning, this exhibit leaves an impression.

The exhibit is also home some birds that can only see in a museum.  The Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet and the Passenger Pigeon all represent species that have been lost to extinction in North America.


Come explore this interactive, bilingual exhibit that engages science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale.   Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and introduce some real world applications for this typically unseen world.

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North Museum Science & Engineering Fair

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