Public Hours

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


Admission Prices

Adults: $6

Children (4-18): $3.50

Seniors (55+): $3.50

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 education

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




June 6th


Learn about wetland plants and animals!  


June 20th

Animal Super Senses


the super senses of animals!


July 11th

Solar Power 

Find out how the sun is used

to power our world!


July 25th

Wildlife Art

Unleash your artistic talents

as a wildlife artist!  


August 1st

How Does a Garden Grow?

Explore the community garden

and the plants we eat!


August 15th

Get Crazy in the Creek

Jump in and find see what lives

in the Yellow Breeches Creek!


Curator Club Time


Saturdays 9:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Doors open for check in at 9:05 AM

-Click Here to Register for Curator Club-

-Click Here to Make an Online Payment-



The cost for all six activities is $75 or $15 per individual activity.  Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the activity as space allows for a cost of $18. 

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.

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
  • 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.