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Go behind the scenes at the North Museum of Nature and Science. At this event North Museum Members are invited to view areas normally unseen by the public. These include viewing private collections, the production of a SciDome show, exhibit construction, graphic design for interactive displays and animal maintenance with our animal care technicians.

Non-Members: Non North Museum Members may attend the behind the scenes tour as guests of attending members. Regular Museum admission rates apply for non-members.

Members: The Behind the Scenes Tour is $5.00 with Museum Membership ID.

Members must RSVP for both members and guests by May 6, 2016 at or 717.358.3941. Prepayment is required to reserve space on the tour.

Note: For the full behind the scenes tour please arrive promptly at 5:30 pm.

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Join us during Lancaster Artwalk and discover the science in art!

During ArtWalk, visit the North Museum and enjoy a family-friendly hands-on activity that combines science and art. ArtWalk activity will take place, rain or shine, in the Museum lobby. While at the Museum, explore the three unique installations from local artists inspired by science and nature in the STEAM Art Gallery.

Non-Members: There is no cost to participate in the Spring ArtWalk hands-on art activity. Museum admission required to visit the SciDome Theater and to view the new art installations in the STEAM Art Gallery.

Members: There is no cost to participate in the Spring ArtWalk hands-on art activity. Museum admission is included with Museum Membership ID.


Enjoy two local science destinations for one great price.

With the purchase of a North Museum Family level membership or above you have the opportunity to add a Family Membership to the Lancaster Science Factory for an additional $45 (an $89 value).

The Lancaster Science Factory is a hands-on, interactive technology and science center in Lancaster, PA, just a few blocks from the North Museum of Nature and Science.

Additional adults may be added to certain membership levels. Please contact the Lancaster Science Factory for details or visit our site to become a member today.
Double the Discovery memberships can be purchased over the phone at 717.358.3941. For details contact


Brace yourself! A visitor favorite, the Tornado Machine is returning to the North Museum. Delighting visitors of all ages, this exhibit allows guests to experience a real tornado up close and hands-on, as they learn the science behind this extreme weather phenomenon.

Non-Members: The “Tornado Machine” exhibit is included in admission price.
Members: The “Tornado Machine” exhibit is free with Museum Membership ID.



April’s Mommy and Me is all about reusing and recycling.

Protecting the planet can be fun! Developed by certified Early Childhood Education teachers, this program allows you and your little ones the opportunity to get your hands dirty in our simulated lake clean-up activity and learn how long it takes for trash to break down in the water. Additionally parents and children will have the chance to create their own beautiful art gardens out of upcycled materials. Museum collections items as well as toys and puppets will be on hand to encourage young minds to help take good care of the environment.

At each Mommy and 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.



The 8th Annual Champions of Science Dinner celebrates the latest local achievements in student science.

Featuring keynote speaker Shree Bose, her accolades include:

  • Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Google Global Science Fair
  • Current Undergraduate at Harvard University
  • Dedicated STEM education advocate
  • Girl Start Ambassador
  • Congress for Future Physicians Student Ambassador
  • Co-creator of Piper, an educational Minecraft suite designed for young engineers

The evening will start at 5:00 pm with student champions from the 2016 North Museum Science & Engineering Fair presenting and discussing their award-winning projects with guests.

Dinner and program will begin at 6:15 pm.

Tickets start at $75/per person.

Reserve your 2016 Champions of Science Dinner Tickets

Questions? Contact Kerry Briggs at or 717.358.4077.


Located at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd. Lancaster PA, 17601

North Rocks! features expansive gem, mineral, fossil, and hand-crafted jewelry collections available for purchase as well as hands-on children’s activities and educational demonstrations.

Lectures such as “Minerals of Mars”, by Dr. Stanley A. Mertzman are scheduled from 11:00 am -3:00 pm Saturday and 11:00 am-2:00 pm Sunday. Please see for a full listing of speakers and topics.

All proceeds benefit the North Museum of Nature and Science’s mission of inspiring curiosity, discovery, and a lifelong appreciation of nature, science, and cultures.

Admission: Adults: $5 Children 3-12: $2 Children 2 and under: Free

Parking: Free

Members: North Museum Members receive $1 off admission with Museum Membership ID.


Uncover a hidden world of color in the North Museum’s latest exhibit, the “Rock Box.

The “Rock Box” exhibit, created in partnership with ATOMIC, allows visitors to view hidden wavelengths through a combination of curated specimens from the Museum’s own geology collections, and ultraviolet light. In this specially designed dark room guests control buttons that activate bursts of infrared light. This light interacts with the carefully chosen minerals to produce a vibrant fluorescent display.

Non-Members: The “Rock Box” exhibit is included in admission price.

Members: The “Rock Box” exhibit is free with Museum Membership ID.