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).

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 may include (subject to change):

  • 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!

STEAM Art Gallery

The North Museum of Nature and Science, STEAM Art Gallery promotes regional artwork that is inspired by science and nature.  Being a leader in the conversation around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) the North Museum showcases artwork in the STEAM Gallery creating a link between science and art.

Exhibition Artists, May – August, 2019

Three new exhibits in the STEAM Gallery.

  1. The artwork in the first exhibit created by the Elizabethtown College students in the Human Anatomy and Physiology course. While the works differ in topics, artistic media, and skills, they share one theme: Anatomy (and science) is all around us. Through this exhibit, we hope to inspire others to think across disciplines, allowing science to inspire art, and art, science.

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
  1. The artwork in the second exhibit has been created by Bill Cifuni, a native of Lancaster, showcasing his photography inspired nature and manmade forms: objects that were either preserved or showed the direct effects of being used by humans or natural forces. His hope is to spark dialogue about what is a natural or a man-made object, what is recycling, what can be reused, what is trash, and most importantly what can we do to make better decisions to help clean up our surroundings.


  1. The artwork in the third exhibit was created by James Drake Iams A.W.S. W.S.  A former art teacher and now full time painter.  The watercolors of James Drake Iams have a quality uniquely his own.  It has to do with energy, vitality, his palette, his uncompromising attention to significant detail, and his unerring draftsmanship.  An avid sailor in Chesapeake Bay waters for many years; he loves boats, the bay and its tributaries, and the creatures that inhabit the area are often the subject in his paintings.

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.

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.

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