Arts & Museums
Adjacent to the Lancaster Central Market, \"the Heritage Center Museum collects, preserves and interprets Lancaster County's history and decorative arts through its permanent collection, annual exhibitions and education programs.\" Situated in two historic 1790s buildings, the former City Hall of Lancaster and the Masonic Lodge No. 43, the Heritage Center Museum is part of the Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Inc., which also operates the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum.
Housed in the 1912 Beaux Art-style Lancaster Trust Building, the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum's permanent collection includes authentic 18th through 20th century Lancaster County Amish quilts, decorative needlework, clothing and other regional textile arts. The museum also features Treats Creamery & Cafe and professionally developed educational programs.
The Demuth Museum was created to promote the work of Charles Demuth, maintain his home as a museum and art gallery, and to preserve the adjacent 18th century buildings that belonged to the Demuth family for five generations.
\"One of the largest cultural organizations in the region responsible for an extensive collection of works by contemporary regional artists,\" the Lancaster Museum of Art is a non-profit community arts center that is housed in the historic Grubb Mansion. The Lancaster Museum of Art hosts 15 to 17 exhibitions of contemporary visual arts each year. These include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and ceramics, many of which are done by local and regional artists.
Isadore is a fine art gallery that offers monthly rotating exhibits from a worldwide array of artists, whose contemporary works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, videos, and photography. Isadore Gallery also sponsors gallery talks, performances and lectures throughout the year.
Annex 24 is Lancaster's creative hot spot art gallery with a fluid mix of eclectic paintings and fine art photography; art in motion. Dynamic monthly exhibits and multi-media presentations are always featured. Large format displays, installations exploring artistic creativity, comfortable chairs and worthwhile conversation are all offered.
The North Museum of Natural History & Science features extensive collections and engaging hands-on exhibits regarding science, technology, and natural history. Central Pennsylvania's largest, the Museum's planetarium offers a variety of programs every Saturday and Sunday.
Designed for children ages two to ten, Hands-on House, Children
A living history village and farm, Landis Valley Museum collects, preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Mennonite Information Center's mission is to \"interpret the faith and the practices of the Amish and Mennonites, help area visitors better enjoy their visit to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and explain the meaning and purpose of the original Biblical tabernacle.\" A short film, walk-through exhibit, full-size Biblical Tabernacle reproduction, bookstore, and fair-trade handcrafts from 10,000 Villages are just some of what visitors can enjoy when visiting the Mennonite Information Center.
Opened in 1955, to offer correct information about the Amish, the Amish Farm and House is the oldest, most authentic Amish home open to the public in Lancaster County. A 45-minute guided tour of the Amish farmhouse, built in 1805, is available. Farmed since 1715, this 15-acre farm contains many historical buildings and items, including a one-room school house, tobacco shed and a stone bank barn.
Exhibits at the Americana Museum of Bird-in-Hand include a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store, blacksmith shop, tobacco shop, an apothecary, a wheelwright shop, and a country general store. Self-guided tours are offered throughout the day. This museum is typically open April through November from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.