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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Grades 6, 7, and 8

CC2 is a program that provides educational science enrichment on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment.


“My daughter enjoyed the variety of topics, and indicated that she’s learned a lot about various aspects of science.” 

Curator Club Parent


September 24th

Leopard Spots, Zebra Stripes And Other Mysteries 

Learn how adaptations help animals to survive.

October 1st


Join us for a dig in Dillsburg.

The location offsite—participants must provide own transportation.

The Archeology program has been rescheduled

for Saturday, October 8th. 

Due to the change of date,

both Curator Club and CC2 will be held together in the morning. 

If you have any questions, email 

Thank you!


October 29th

Herbivore, Omnivore and Carnivore

Discover who eats what for dinner!

November 5th

Animals Of The Arctic 

Find out how animals survive in the snow.


CC2 Time

Saturdays 12:15 PM – 2:30 PM

 - Click Here to Register for CC 2 -

- Click Here to Make an Online Payment -

Please register your child based on the grade they are currently enrolled in.  Contact us with any questions.

CC2 members receive an annual membership card for free admission to The Oakes Museum of Natural History, a certificate for three free admissions, and a t-shirt.


The cost is $15 per individual per activity. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required as space is limited. Walk-ins may be accepted on the day of the activity for a cost of $18 as space allows.

Payment must be received within 72 hours of an activity or the registration may not be held.  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:  CC2

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.

No refunds will be issued after the first activity.

Need-based scholarships are available.

For more information contact us at

In case of inclement weather, please call 691-6082 (option 2)
for information regarding cancellations or delays.

Experienced Teachers

Instructors are certified teachers assisted by Messiah College students.  All staff members—instructors and assistants—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

In fitting with the Oakes Museum mission statement, the Curator Club is a multifaceted science enrichment program.  The program will provide a meaningful and hands on learning experience for the participants, challenging them to explore and question their world.

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.