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Laser Shows are back in our Planetarium! Starting December 14th, music-lovers of all ages can experience light and audio magic with our amazing Laser Show line-up!

During the day, families can enjoy the sights and songs of their favorite pop and holiday classics with our Laser Holiday and iPOP shows!

At night, viewers will enjoy a rock experience like no other with shows featuring such rock legends as U2, Metallica and, of course, Pink Floyd! If you’re not a big rock fan, you might enjoy some of our Laser Country and Laser Pop evening shows. With 10 different shows over the course of 14 days, there’s bound to be a something for everyone! Tickets can be purchased online or at the door – reserve your seats today!

Come out and join us for a spooktacular evening of thrills, chills, and good old fashioned fun! After hours at the North Museum is Halloween fun for all.

Sit by the campfire in our planetarium and listen to some stories including local lore and Native American tales about the stars. Take a flashlight scavenger hunt throughout the Museum and find some of our creepy, crawly, and uncanny collections along the way. Stop by our Mad Scientist’s Lab and learn how to make some terrifyingly fantastic potions. All this and more in our Haunted Museum!

Buy tickets for Spooky Science Trick or Treat and get your ticket for the Haunted Museum at half price! Come out for our daytime event and get tickets to the evening event at half the price! What a spooktacular deal!

Stop into the North Museum this Halloween for our Spooky Science Trick-or-Treat!

Each activity station will have a candy or non-candy treat for all our guests! You’ll get a complimentary trick or treat bag to carry your stash of goodies and all your crafts to take home! There will be a Costume Contest at 12pm and 3pm with prizes for the first, second, and third place winners! We encourage all our guests to wear costumes for this day of fun!

Our activities for the day include slime brain dissection, build a monster, spider leg potions, and so much more!

All activities and events are included in the price of admission! Add a planetarium show for a small additional charge.

Join the North Museum for our biggest event of the summer! STEAM Carnivale is a fun-filled day of experiments, activities, and projects that inspire kids of all ages with the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). This year, STEAM Carnivale will be a BILINGUAL event!

Activities will include:
– Planetarium shows in English AND Spanish
– Girl Scout STEM Mobile
– SpheroBots
-Art and Technology Demos
– and so much more!

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Jacob Böhm, (the progenitor of the Boehm family) to present day Lancaster County, Darvin L. Martin will discuss the genetic background and the land records of local 1717 Mennonite families.

Martin has been exploring the DNA of Swiss-German Mennonite families, since 2010, and has used this data to reconstruct the ethnic origins of local Anabaptist families back into medieval Europe or beyond.

The Lancaster Science Factory is proud to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members this summer through the #BlueStarMuseums program! Guests are welcome to visit during any of our regular business hours May 29th – September 4th!

Feel free to contact Audrey Lilley at or 717-509-6363 x104 with any questions.

Hope to see you here soon!

Journey to Buchanan’s 1857 White House this June during your visit to Wheatland. Meet with President Buchanan and his cabinet as they discuss a multitude of topics, from political appoints to recent Democratic victories at the polls to their concerns about troubles in Kansas. A sudden, panicked request from Washington Mayor William B. Magruder takes Buchanan by surprise. How will Buchanan respond? Experience the debate and learn about Magruder’s request in this June’s Living History at Wheatland!

The Living History at Wheatland program, Election Day Riot: 1857 Washington, takes place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm and the last starting at 3pm. Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am. Visit or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Advanced tickets strongly recommended as Living History tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

Join us as we transport you back to 1857 and 1858. President James Buchanan and Secretary of State Lewis Cass discuss intelligence and strategy to capture the freebooter William Walker and his private army which has invaded Nicaragua. Experience and learn of the challenges faced by United States Senate which debated the invasion, as well as the Navy’s arrest of Walker. Did his arrest violate the Neutrality Laws? Experience the debate and learn of Walker’s fate in this May’s Living History at Wheatland!

The Living History at Wheatland program, The Arrest of An American Dictator, takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm and the last starting at 3pm. Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am ONLY. Click here or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Advanced tickets strongly recommended as Living History tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

On Thursday, May 18, will welcome Winifred Woll for The Nurses of Pearl Harbor. This colloquium tells the stories of the United States Army and Navy nurses stationed at both Pearl Harbor and Oahu on December 7, 1941. A Lancaster-native, Ms. Woll’s mother, Teresa Stauffer Foster, was among the nurses stationed at Tripler Army Hospital on the day of the attacks.

Winifred Woll, a resident of Reading, PA, is the daughter of Army nurse Teresa Stauffer Foster who was a survivor of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Woll attended several national meetings of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association with her mother and met othe rmilitary nurses who were also survivors of the attack. The stories of these women became the foundation for The Nurses of Pearl Harbor. Since the last Pearl Harbor White Cap nurses died in 2013, Winifred continues to honor these women by focusing on the many accomplishments they attained in both their military and civilian lives. Many stories are told about the military men, but seldom are stories told about the women of Pearl Harbor.

Ms. Woll is currently a teacher in the Career Program at Reading Area Community College. She is also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors (SDPHS).

The colloquium, The Nurses of Pearl Harbor, will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Ryder Hall at, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster. A speaker’s reception with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the main event from 4:30-5:30pm. Pearl Harbor memorabilia will be on display for attendees to view. This event is free and open to the public.


Join us all summer long for fun and exciting projects and experiments! Camp runs Monday through Friday as either five half-day morning sessions (9:00am-12:00pm) or five half-day afternoon sessions (1:00pm-4:00pm). The cost is $135 per child per camp.

Camps will be offered for children who have completed grades K-8 and some camps will have age restrictions.

Pack a lunch and stay all day!! Children may pack a lunch to eat during the supervised lunch break from 12-1pm.

Registration closes one week prior to the start of camp.

Camp registration is first-come, first-serve, so sign up as soon as you can! Payment is due at time of registration. Scholarship information is coming soon…

VOLUNTEER opportunities for those aged 16 and above will be available.

To register for summer camp, please follow the link below to our website for electronic registration or contact Rachel Cahill at 717-509-6363 x106 or

Special thanks to our Summer Science Camp sponsor: UGI Utilities, Inc.