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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"The students' classroom knowledge of rocks and birds from throughout the year was reinforced by the lessons presented by the Oakes Museum staff." - Homeschool Parent

"The museum educators were fabulous!" - Visitor

"The students were engaged throughout the day, and new learning and application of previous learning took place." - 8th Grade Teacher










at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

Family Programs

These programs are designed for children to learn alongside a parent or guardian. 

Family Day

August 15, 10-4:00

Scavenger hunts, crafts, draw the animals in the museum (bring your own supplies, or use ours), and self-guided tours of the museum.

*10:15-11:00 Bottle Biology Lesson ($1-2 donation)

10:30-11:30 Guided Tour

*11:00-11:45 Forest Hike

11:30 Storytime

1:00-2:00 Guided Tour

1:30 Storytime

*1:00-1:45 Bottle Biology Lesson ($1-2 donation)

*2:00-2:45 Forest Hike

3:00-4:00 Guided Tour

3:00 Storytime

*These programs are capped at 25 participants, signups begin when museum opens. 

$10/family or buy 1, get one free

No registration or prepayment required


Lab Classes

6th – 12th Grade Students



August 16, 9:30-11:30 and 12:30-2:30

Students will conduct multiple experiments as they learn how to know if a chemical reaction has occurred, and gain basic information on chemistry.   ($15)


August 17, 9:30-11:30

Students will be introduced to the external and internal anatomy of animals as they learn dissection techniques and safety.  Choose one: Earthworm/Grasshopper, Perch, or Frog ($25)


Guided Frog Dissection

August 17, 12:30-2:30

Students will go through the dissection together with instructor’s guidance. This is perfect for students with no dissection experience ($25)

Brain Lab

August 18, 9:30-noon

Students will have an introduction to neuroscience, dissect a sheep brain, and test their reflexes.  ($25)


The lab classes are drop-off programs.


 Pre-registration and prepayment is required.

Space is limited so register early!

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If you have any questions, please contact us at or 717-691-6082.


The Oakes Museum of Natural History reserves the right to cancel any program one week before it begins due to insufficient registration. All prepaid participants will receive a full refund.


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