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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"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











at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

Family Programs

These programs are designed for children to learn alongside a parent or guardian. 

Cost $10/child (Infants are free.)


Reptiles   July 6 – 9:30-noon (morning program cancelled) or 1-3:30 

Using museum specimens, live animals, and our natural world, students will discover what is a reptile, the main types of reptiles, and which reptiles live in Pennsylvania.

Come prepared for a hike!


Flowers   August 24 – 9:30-noon or 1-3:30

Students will learn why plants have flowers, the different types of flowers, and will dissect a flower to learn the parts.  

Come prepared for a hike!


Pre-registration and prepayment is required.

Space is limited so register early!


Family Day! 

August 18, 10-4:00

Guided tours, book readings, lessons, exhibit tours, and special activities will be offered throughout the day. 

Look here for schedule -

No registration required, if possible, send an email to and let us know you are coming. 

$10/family or Buy One, Get One Free


Lab Classes

6th – 12th Grade Students


 Cell Biology August 1, 9:30-noon

Students will use microscopes to make slides of plant and animal cells – the building blocks of life.


Single-Cell Organisms August 1, 1-3:30

Students will use slides to learn the different types of single-celled organisms, what they eat, how they move and where they live. 


Blood and Blood-Typing August 3, 9:30-noon

This lab class will teach middle school students about blood and blood-typing.  They will use their knowledge to solve two mysteries.  


Dissections August 3, 1-3:30 and August 4, 9:30-noon

Students will be introduced to the external and internal anatomy of animals as they learn dissection techniques and safety.  Choose one: Earthworm/Grasshopper, Perch, or Frog


Guided Frog Dissection August 4, 1-3:30

Students will go through the dissection together with instructor’s guidance.  This is for students with no dissecting experience and may need more help.  


The lab classes are drop-off programs.




 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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