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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OMNH Summer Fun 2016

Summer is almost here and we have many exciting activities at the OMNH.  Be sure to check out our Saturday Curator Club for grades 3-5 and CC2 for grades 6-8.

We are adding some exciting Family Programs in July and August, including a family day where your whole family can visit for only $10!  Plus, five lab classes will be offered beginning in August.


We will also offer three "Super Saturdays" with special activities including hikes, behind the scenes tours and exhibit talks, which are included with the price of general admission.

Super Saturday - Birds

June 25th

1:00 - 5:00

The Oakes Museum's collection contains 200+ bird nests and 17,000 bird eggs, which is the third largest private collection of bird eggs in the United States.

Come see our collection and learn about the amazing world of birds!

1:30 and 3:30  Exhibit Talk on Birds

2:00 and 4:00   Story Time for Children

2:30  Hike to Yellow Breeches Creek to look for birds and learn about their habitats (bring binoculars if you can).  This is an easy walk for all ages. 

Behind the scenes tours, hands-on activities and a craft will be available all afternoon. 


Super Saturday - Art in the Museum

July 16th

1:00 - 5:00

How are museums art? Look at the museum through a new lens as we consider the animals, paintings and foreground of the museum as art. 

1:30 and 3:30   Exhibit Talk on Art in the Museum

2:00 and 4:00   Storytime for Children

2:30 and 4:30   Guided Drawing for All Ages

Behind the scenes tours, hands-on activities and a craft will be available all afternoon. 

Super Saturday - Insects

August 20th


View museum specimens and live insects from around the world! Visit the Messiah College Community Garden to discover which insects are helpful and which are harmful. 

1:30 and 3:30 Garden Talk - Helpful and Harmful Insects

2:00 and 4:00 Storytime for Children

2:30 and 4:30 Exhibit Talk on Insects

Behind the scenes tours, Community Garden Tours, hands-on activities and a craft will be available all afternoon.


Isabel Masland Shell Collection    

Captured by the beauty, diversity and intricacies of shells, Isabel Masland began collecting in her twenties and traveled the world for over forty years in search of specimens to add to her collection. Her passion for shell collecting has led her to the Philippines, Bhutan, several African countries, Costa Rica and back again. Isabel's impressive collection has been generously given to the Oakes Museum of Natural History so that the beautiful and wondrous world of shells can be explored by others.


Native American Ojibwe Regalia

"Regalia is who we are.  It is part of our culture. " - Dale Singer

Part of the Singer Collection of Native American Artifacts, the authentic Ojibwe regalia is made of elk hide, turkey bones, and abalone shell.  It features a prayer fan, medicine bag, and symbolic beads. This exhibit is located on the North American Floor.

For the Kids

Sensory Discovery Room

Children of all ages can observe rocks, minerals, shells, reptiles, and amphibians up close. Use the microscope to take a closer look at items from nature! Select a coloring page or track rubbing of your favorite Pennsylvania animal. Read a book about the animals found in the museum. Enjoy learning more about nature in this hands on room. This room is located on the African floor. This month's focus is Africa.

Museum Store

Looking for unique gifts or educational items that will enhance your museum experience after your visit?  Our store is stocked with quality books, puppets, geological specimens and souvenirs for all ages.

Additional Educational Programming 

Sustainability Day

This field trip program is for middle and high school students and includes a campus tour focusing on sustainable practices, a visit to the solar thermal water heating system and the solar panel pavilion, and a tour of the Oakes Museum focusing on how unsustainable practices affect animal populations. Visit our Field Trip page for more information.

Homeschool Days

The Oakes Museum of Natural History offers educational, science-enrichment programming for homeschool families. Homeschool days include group lessons, hands-on activities, time for families to discover at their own pace and take-home extensions. Visit our Field Trip page for more information.