Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Messiah University is closed to off-campus guests through the end of the school year.
The Oakes Museum is planning on reopening to the public in June 2021:
Starting June 1, 2021, we will resume our Saturday public hours, and offer field trips/tours with the following guidelines:
Visitors (age 2 and over) must wear a cloth mask over their mouth and nose at all times.
Visitors must stay physically distant from each other.
Museum staff will:
Wear a cloth mask over their mouth and nose at all times.
Stay physically distant from visitors at all times.
Wipe down any touched surfaces after use.
Visitor safety is our highest priority. Messiah University reserves the right modify guidelines and/or cancel visits if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.
The Oakes Museum of Natural History
The Oakes Museum of Natural History is a unique museum experience for the family, classroom, or group featuring more than 40,000 specimens.
The 10,000-square foot museum is home to a collection of Smithsonian quality African and North American mammals, birds, eggs, fish, seashells, minerals, insects, and fossils.
"You run a top notch program. I have been recommending it to other parents & friends. Your staff people are very professional and well spoken. We will be Curator & Scout patrons for as long as you run the programs. Kudos to you all!"