Heritage Sites, Lancaster PA History & Museums
Landis Valley Museum, a living history village and farm, collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940.The museum has enhanced visitor’s understanding of PA German’s successful practices, interactions with others, and the impact on the state and nation. Here you will find Lancaster PA history brought to life.
Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families.Today, the National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and on-going research opportunities.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania preserves and interprets the history of the past and recognizes that history is still being made.
We feature many types of fascinating historical equipment, most of it having to do with the “yester-years” of farming, but also including steam railroading and antique autos and trucks.
Take a nostalgic walk through small town America at the dawn of the 20th century. Enjoy a variety of museum exhibits including a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store and more.
The National Watch and Clock Museum was opened over 35 years ago originally housing fewer than 1,000 items. Since then, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects.
National Christmas Center is nestled into the heart of Pa Amish Country and is dedicated to preserving and sharing wonderful memories of Christmas. 20,000 square feet of life-sized, walk-through, indoor exhibits – bring the holiday to life for guests of all ages.
A collection of U.S. military knives used by the American service men, as well as military artifacts from the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam and Desert Storm. Open May through November, Monday through Saturday from 10AM – 5PM. (717) 768-7185
The Hershey Story takes visitors on an inspirational journey through the life of Milton S. Hershey, the man, his chocolate company, the town that bears his name, and his generous legacy.