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

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Curator Club

Gradades 3, 4, and 5

Curator Club is a program that provides science enrichment

on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment. 


Curator Club and CC2 programs cancelled for January 23rd are rescheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016.


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





January 9th

Trash Eaters
Discover what animals

happily eat trash

and how this behavior

helps them to survive!




January 23rd

(rescheduled - now on April 2nd)

Cells And Scopes
Use microscopes to see plant

and animal cells
– the building blocks of life!




February 6th

Tree Of Life
Trace life as from

Amoebas to Zebras

as you learn about

the amazing world of animals!





February 20th

Chemical Reactions

Full - Closed to Registration

Please email us

to get on the Waiting List
Perform chemical reactions,

categorize acids and bases

and learn more about chemistry!




March 5th

Learn how colors are made,

what makes colors different.




March 19th

Tell Me A Story
Bring a story to life using

puppets, props and imagination!


Curator Club Time


Saturdays 9:15 AM – 11:30 AM

-Click Here to Register for Curator Club-

-Click Here to Make an Online Payment-


Curator Club members receive an annual 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.