Sensory Discover Room
Children of all ages can observe rocks, minerals, shells, reptiles and amphibians up close. Use the microscope to take a closer look at items from nature! Select a coloring page or track rubbing of your favorite Pennsylvania animal. Read a book about the animals found in the museum. Enjoy learning more about nature in this hands-on room.
Learn something every step of the way as you explore the animals of Africa. Highlights include a large collection of the grazing animals of the African grasslands, including dik diks, duikers, an ostrich, a warthog and a zebra. The Predators exhibit includes lions, jackals, a leopard and a hyena. An elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe and crocodile can be seen in the African Watering Hole exhibit. This breathtaking diorama depicts the evening in wilds of Kenya overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro into Tanzania.
North American Floor
Chesapeake Bay Gallery
This small gallery is packed with information. Learn
how the Susquehanna River affects the delicate
ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. View an exceptional
array of shells, sponges and mollusks collected
from the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean regions. Follow
scientific research conducted by the museum's curators in topics such as archaeology, mycology and entomology featured in a rotating exhibit.
The piercing eyes of brown bears, polar bears and a black bear will greet you as you enter the Hollinger Gallery.
Gaze across Sheep Mountain at goats and sheep of North America, Africa and Asia. Observe family life inside a beaver lodge and otters ready for play; see what's living in the stream.
Birds, Eggs and Nests
The Birds, Eggs and Nests exhibit features a fraction of our extensive collection of more than 500 clutches of eggs, 300 birds and 200 nests.
Deer of North America
Animals of the North American forest, including a moose, elk and variety of deer are featured in the Deer of North America exhibit. Animal pelts, including fox, coyote and skunk, as well as antlers, are available for observation and exploration on the touch table.
North America: Yesterday and Today
Enter North America: Yesterday and Today to explore the changes in North America from the time of the glaciers to life along the Susquehanna River today. Observe bison roaming Pennsylvania's forests and a mountain lion hunting in our woods.
Visit the Susquehanna Backyard exhibit to discover the variety of animals that can be found in our rural, urban and suburban backyards. This exhibit area also features our Alaskan moose, one of the newest acquisitions in the museum.
Looking for unique gifts or educational items that will enhance your museum experience after your visit? Our store is stocked with quality books, puppets, geological specimens and souvenirs for all ages.
Volunteers are available throughout the museum to answer questions or offer assistance. Restrooms and elevators are located outside the museum on each level. A staff member at the Welcome Desk can help you with any further questions.
For more information about our interactive tours, the museum collection, field trips, scout programs, special events or Curator Club program, visit our website at messiah.edu/Oakes or contact the Museum Office (Monday–Friday) at 717-691-6082.
Nicholas Evanoff, Jr.
C. Ted Lick
Dale and Catherine Singer
Robert and Darlene Stansfield
Paul and Elaine Wengert
Jeff Erikson, Curator of Aquatic Entomology
David Pettegrew, Curator of Archaeology
David Foster, Curator of Botany
Ed Charles, Curator of Geology
Erik Lindquist, Curator of Herpetology and Curator of Ornithology
Gary Emberger, Curator of Mycology