Best Museums

VL-Museum (RR Museum)

From trains to presidents to art to science to colonial farms, Lancaster has a great museum for every topic and taste. Here are 14 of the best.

National Christmas Center

Everything Christmas, from Christmases past to Christmases present. Good place to get in the holiday spirit in July or August

3427 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise, PA 17562

(717) 442-7950

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

A close-up look at Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania-German style of life and farming techniques.

2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-0401

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum

Oddly placed in peaceful Intercourse in the heart of Amish Country, this museum has a wonderful collection of warlike materials from American’s military past.

3562 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534

(717) 768-7185

Ephrata Cloister

Tells the life and times of a unique monastic community during Colonial America, circa 1735-1818.

632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522

(717) 733-6600

Hands On House Children’s Museum

This large venue offers fun, interactive events, exhibits and classes for the 2 to 10 year-old crowd.

721 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-5437

Hans Herr House and Lancaster Longhouse

The home and farm of one of Lancaster County’s earliest settlers.

1849 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, PA 17584

(717) 464-4438

Lancaster Science Factory

An interactive, hands-on science and technology museum for kids.

454 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 509-6363

Formerly the Lancaster County Historical Society and Wheatland, the two combined sites have a wonderful collection of historic artifacts and documents pertaining to Lancaster County, as well as Pres. James Buchanan’s lovely home.

1120 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-4633

National Toy Train Museum

Collections date from the early 1800s to present day, owned and operated by the Train Collectors Association.

300 Paradise Ln, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-8976

National Watch and Clock Museum

A very impressive collection of some of the most unique, odd and historic watches and clocks ever made. Try to be there around noon when many of them chime the hour.

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512

(717) 684-8261

North Museum of Nature and Science

A natural history museum and planetarium, recently renovated.

400 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-3941

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

A world-class collection of historic locomotives and rail cars from America’s past.

300 Gap Rd, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-8628

Robert Fulton Birthplace

The place the inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat called home.

1932 Robert Fulton Hwy, Quarryville, PA 17566

(717) 548-2679

Rock Ford Plantation

Colonial home of Gen. Edward Hand, who served under George Washington during the American Revolution

881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 392-7223