Public Hours

  • Saturdays 1-5 p.m.
  • School/Tour groups
    by appointment only


Admission Prices

Adults: $6

Children (4-18): $3.50

Seniors (55+): $3.50

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





9/6 Scales, Fins and Gills

The fish of the Yellow Breeches!

Study the fabulous fish of the Yellow Breeches.

Please note that this will be an outdoor activity. 

Details will be sent to registrants.


9/20 The Backbone of Our Forest

Deciduous trees!

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s deciduous trees.


10/4 Keep on Diggin’!  

Another Archeological Dig!

Unearth the past at an archeological dig.


10/25 ROAR!  Big Cats

Explore the wonderful world of big cats.


11/1 Simple Machines

Discover how they make our lives easier.

11/15 Where Do They Go in Winter? 

Find out how animals survive during the cold winter months.


Curator Club Time

Saturdays 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Doors open for registration at 9:35 AM


Experienced Teachers

Curator Club instructors are certified teachers assisted by Messiah College students.  All museum staff members have current clearances.


The cost for all six activities is $75 or $15 per individual activity.  Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the activity as space allows for a cost of $18. 

Need-based scholarships available.  For more information contact the museum office.

Curator Club members receive an annual membership card for free admission to The Oakes Museum of Natural History, a certificate for three free children's admissions to bring a friend, and a Curator Club t-shirt.

For more information call 691-6082 (option 2) or email us at

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


Curator Club Archeology Stouffer Farm Dig


No refunds will be issued after the first activity.




-Click Here to Register for Curator Club-

-Click Here to Make an Online Payment-


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.

Curator Club African Animal Masks

What to Bring

  • Water bottle (if needed and labeled)
  • No crocs or flipflops
  • Sunscreen (if needed)


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.