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 enrichment

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 10th


Compare African and Asian elephants!

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, contact 

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.

November 19th

Give Me Some Space - Animal Overpopulation

Explore what happens when

there are too many animals in one place!


Curator Club Time


Saturdays 9:15 AM – 11:30 AM

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

-Click Here to Register for Curator Club-

-Click Here to Make an Online Payment-


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.


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. 

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 for water or hiking activities
  • 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.