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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"The students' classroom knowledge of rocks and birds from throughout the year was reinforced by the lessons presented by the Oakes Museum staff." - Homeschool Parent

"The museum educators were fabulous!" - Visitor

"The students were engaged throughout the day, and new learning and application of previous learning took place." - 8th Grade Teacher









Summer Programs

at The Oakes Museum of Natural History


Dissection Classes

6th – 12th Grade Students

These lab courses will introduce middle and high school students to the external and internal anatomy of animals as they learn dissection techniques and lab safety protocol. 

Cost: $25/class or $60 for all 3  


Earthworm and Grasshopper Dissection

July 9 – 1:00-3:00PM or 6:00-8:00PM


Perch Dissection

July 13 – 1:00-3:00PM or 6:00-8:00PM


Frog Dissection

July 21 – 1-3:00PM or 6-8:00PM


The dissection classes are drop-off programs.



Family Programs

Elementary and Middle School Students

These programs are designed for elementary and middle school students to learn alongside a parent or guardian. 

Cost $10/child


What lives in the Water? 

Students will be introduced to the concept of a watershed, learn what animals live in the Yellow Breeches Creek, and discover how these animals can tell us if our world is polluted.  Come prepared to get wet!

July 17 – 10-12:00 or 1-3:00


Animals in Summer

Using museum specimens and our natual world, students will learn how animals in Pennsylvania survive the heat of summertime.  Come prepared for a hike!

August 13 – 10-12:00 or 1-3:00 



Our Family Programs require a parent/guardian to stay with the child(ren). Younger siblings are welcome and considered participants in the program. Infant siblings are free.



Pre-registration and prepayment is required. Space is limited so register early!

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If you have any questions, please contact Helena Cicero, Education Coordinator at the Oakes Museum of Natural History or 717-691-6082.


The Oakes Museum of Natural History reserves the right to cancel any program one week before it begins due to insufficient registration. All prepaid participants will receive a full refund.


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