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Happy Snakesgiving! Come ready to learn all about snakes with crafts, educational games, and other snake-themed activities at our sssslithery, sssscaly sssshindig! Get up close and personal with the North Museum’s friendly snake residents! Find out how YOU can become a citizen scientist with the Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey! Learn how to identify Pennsylvania’s venomous snakes! Attend a snake feeding demonstration! (Saturday only at 1:30) Learn about the constellations in a serpent-themed Night Sky Tour planetarium show! (Friday & Saturday at 2:30). Snake-themed activities will include: Explore snake egg laying and nesting behavior in our Snake Egg Touch Bin! Learn about why rattlesnakes rattle, and make your own rattle sounds! Find the snakes hidden in a snake photo scavenger hunt! And many more!

Little Explorer and Me provides thematic educational activities specifically designed for preschool aged children in the museum’s Nature Gallery. Each month’s program aligns with the current exhibits and themes of the North Museum and offers new art, craft and fine motor activities.

STEM Story Time features a live story presentation from a member of the museum’s education team based around current museum exhibits and themes. This program provides preschoolers with new science and nature based concepts and vocabulary using the familiar tools of story time and pairing hands on activities to further enhance new learning opportunities.

Preschool Picassos focuses on the connections between science and the visual arts, providing unique art experiences for early childhood ages. As children experiment and explore with art materials, they discover both scientific concepts and create unique works of art.


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!


May’s Mommy & Me is all about the Wacky Weather of planet Earth.

Changes in the weather can be a source of wonder for young children. Interacting with it on a smaller scale encourages little ones to consider the world around them. At this event, children and adults will explore weather concepts through fun, hands-on activities like creating their own take home weather wheel and assembling a tornado tube.

At each Mommy & Me, enjoy free coffee and meet other Lancaster parents. Bring your little ones, 5 and under, to the Explore Nature Gallery for a hands-on introduction to science and nature. Daddies and caretakers are also invited to attend.

Non-Members: Mommy and Me activities are included in admission price, children under 5 are free.
Members: Mommy and Me activities are free with Museum Membership ID.


Active military personnel and their families will receive free general admission to the North Museum of Nature and Science from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2016.

The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and over 2000 participating museums across America. This collaboration provides military families the opportunity to spend quality time together in between deployments while enjoying the wealth of arts and culture found in our nation’s museums.

Non-Members: General admission is free to all active-duty military personnel and up to five additional family members (includes spouses, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.) Current military ID required.