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 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




September 12th


Discover what lives under the ground!  

September 26th

Living on the Edge

Learn about mountain animals!


October 3rd


Articulate a human skeleton

and find out how bones heal and grow!



October 31st


Explore creepy crawlies, gross

outs and more!  



November 7th

You Be the Judge

Test the Laws of Science!




November 21st

Monkey Business

Join the wonderful world of primates!

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-



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. 

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.