Landis Valley Museum
2451 Kissel Hill Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 569-0401 • 581-0431 groups

Perhaps the most famous museum in Lancaster, certainly the largest, Landis Valley Museum actually comprises a small village consisting of some 18 historic structures. Some of the buildings are native to the Valley, while others were relocated here. The overall effect is the re-creation of a late 18th and early 19th century Pennsylvania German community.

It all began in the 1700's, when German immigrants began flooding the port of Philadelphia. By 1790, Pennsylvania Germans made up 40% of the population of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Founded by George and Harry Landis in the 1920's, the museum traces this historic growth. Acquired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1953, it has since grown to the sprawling complex we see today.

The tour begins at the Visitor Center, with an orientation video and an exhibit gallery. Some of the buildings and sites to be toured include The Print Shop and Leatherworking Shop with early 1800's exhibits; the Log Farm Complex of recreated structures representing a late 1700's German Farmstead; the Blacksmith Shop reflecting the trade in the 1800's; and the Maple Grove School complete with authentic furnishings. The Farm Machinery and Tool Barn houses an exhibit on 18th, 19th and 20th century farm equipment and tools. The Country Store is a recreated 1800's shop.

There is much more. An 1800's Tavern, and a Gun Exhibit showing Pennsylvania rifles, handguns and gunsmithing tools. The Erisman House is furnished as the home of an early 1800's seamstress. The Textile Processes & Garden exhibit features tools and demonstrations of weaving and spinning and a dyer's example garden. Several other buildings and exhibits complete what is truly a monument to Pennsylvania German heritage. There are even places to shop for unique crafts.

Throughout the year families can enjoy a variety of fun and entertaining special events and activities. Call for a calendar. Groups (10 or more) are also welcome.

School Groups can choose from a number of great interactive Programs for grades K through 8. The programs address such topics as farm life, working with wool and flax, one-room schoolhouse, and others. Educational programs are offered throughout the year. Some programs may be seasonal. Call for a schedule and more information.

Lancaster County schools can also have a program delivered in the classroom.

Hours: Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm. Sunday 12 - 5. Closed on some holidays. Call ahead before visiting.
Adults $12.00
Seniors $10.00
Children (3-11) $8.00
Children 2 and under FREE.
Groups: Call for Group and Tour rates.
Group Reservations: At least 1 week in advance. 8 weeks for school programs.
Lunch: Lunch & snacks available mid-spring thru mid-fall. Picnic areas available.
Handicapped Access: Mostly. Call with your needs.
Directions: Rt. 30 West into Lancaster to Rt. 272 (Oregon Pike) North for 2 miles. Turn left onto Landis Valley Rd. and right onto Kissel Hill Rd. 60 - 90 minutes west of Philadelphia.

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