Get Up Get Out | The North Museum

We’ve been showing you all winter long ways to explore Central Pennsylvania to bust those winter blues. This week’s Get Up, Get Out takes us beyond Earth’s parameters.

The North Museum is like a little hidden gem in Lancaster, taking both kids and adults on adventures that are truly out of this world.

“Right away, they get very excited and their mouths drop wide open,” said Andrew Garner with the North Museum. “It’s just great to see that reaction and it never gets old.”

Garner has been with the museum for several years now and says that adults, too have the same response once they see the magical things inside the museum’s walls.

“We have over 350- well over 350,000 specimens in our collection,” said Garner, adding that because of that high number, museum staff and volunteers are able to rotate exhibits all the time, meaning it’s likely you’ll never see the same thing twice.

The North Museum, seated at the corner of College and Buchanan Avenues, boasts everything ranging from a real two-headed calf, to a dinosaur vertebrae dating back millions of years, to a whole floor of special geodes and hundreds of bird species.

“Some of the things that we have behind the glass, I just can’t even believe,” said Garner.

The museum also sports a live animal room.

“We have a anything from big monitor lizard to snakes, tarantulas, scorpions,” said the animals’ official caretaker with the museum, Annie Esbenshade.

Here, you can learn about and physically touch animals from all over the world, that is if you’re courageous enough.

“Kids are really brave,” said Esbenshade. “They don’t really have the fear, especially around snakes and lizards and stuff, that most adults do.”

However, if live animals aren’t your thing, you can always head over to the museum’s amazing, brand-new planetarium and take a trip around the world and beyond.

The planetarium’s software can take you soaring through the Grand Canyon, show a real-time map of earthquakes happening across the globe and even whisk you away to any planet in our solar system.

“It’s all worth checking out,” said Garner. “I think everyone has something that they’ll find that they’re interested in.”

The North Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, with admission starting at just $8.

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