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





1/10  Learn About Carnivorous Plants! Danger!







the Science of Magic

and the Magic of Science!

Due to the pending inclement weather, this activity has been rescheduled for 4/11/15.






Celebrate Groundhog Day

and Learn about Weather Prediction!






the Forces of Nature


Shape Our World! 






Uncover the Science

Behind the Nasty, Gross

and Disgusting!






Identify Local Birds


Explore Their Habitats!




Curator Club Time



Saturdays 9:15 AM – 11:30 PM

Doors open for registration at 9:05 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. 

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.

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



-Click Here to Register for Curator Club-

-Click Here to Make an Online Payment-


Need-based scholarships are available.

For more information contact us at


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.


What to Bring

  • Labeled Water bottle (if needed)
  • No crocs or flipflops
  • 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.