Public Hours

  • Saturdays 1-5 p.m.
  • School/Tour groups
    by appointment only


Admission Prices

Adults: $6.50

Children (4-18): $4.00

Seniors (55+): $4.00

Children 3 & under are admitted free

All major credit cards accepted

Oakes Museum Facebook Page Oakes Museum YouTube Page instagram twitter twitter

Sign up to receive our
updates via email.





Curator Club

Gradades 3, 4, 5

Saturdays 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Curator Club provides educational science enrichment on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment. 


“Saturday mornings at Curator Club were always a highlight of my child’s week.” Curator Club Parent



2017 Summer Activities

May 6 Shells

Discover the Diversity from Under the Sea


May 20 Simple Machines!

Simplify Work with Simple Machines

June 3 Lepidoptera - Winged Wonders!

Observe Butterflies and Moths

June 17 Reptiles - Snap, Slither and Snooze! Learn About the Life of Reptiles

July 1 Mycology - Fungus Amongus! 

Explore the Amazing World of Fungi

July 15 Macroinvertebrates

Assess the Yellow Breeches


Please register your child based on the grade they are currently enrolled in.  Contact us with any questions.


-Click Here to Register for Curator Club-

-Click Here to Make an Online Payment-


Curator Club members receive a membership card for free admission to The Oakes Museum of Natural History, a Curator Club t-shirt, and a certificate for three free  admissions to bring a friend.


Pre-registration and pre-payment are required as space is limited. The cost for all six activities is $75 ($12.50 per activity) or $15 per individual activity. Walk-ins may be accepted on the day of the activity as space allows for a cost of $18. 

Payment must be received within 72 hours of an activity or the registration may not be held.  Credit card payments may now be made online - see link below registration.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Checks may be mailed to:

The Oakes Museum of Natural History
Messiah College

One College Avenue

Suite 3029
Mechanicsburg, Pa 17055

Attn:  Curator Club


No refunds will be issued after the first activity. The Oakes Museum of Natural History reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins due to insufficient registration.   All prepaid participants will receive a full refund.  In case of inclement weather, please call 691-6082 (option 2) for information regarding cancellations or delays.

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information contact us at

Experienced Teachers

Curator Club instructors are certified teachers assisted by Messiah College students.  All museum staff members have current clearances.

What to Bring

  • Labeled Water bottle (if needed)
  • No crocs or flipflops for water or hiking activities
  • Sunscreen (if needed)
  • Dress for the weather as we may be outside


Curator Club Mission Statement


Fulfilling part of the Oakes Museum mission, the Curator Club is a multifaceted science enrichment program for community children, grades 3 to 8.  The program provides scientifically-based, hands-on learning experience for the participants, challenging them to explore and question their world.