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Hands-on House Children's Museum of Lancaster

721 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster was established as a not for profit organization in 1987 by members in the community and Junior League of Lancaster. The goal was, and continues to be, to create an organization where children learn through hands-on, developmentally appropriate, play. With nearly 50,000 visitors each year, children and their adults can learn about science and nature, farming, nutrition, story elements, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through the exhibits and educational programming offered in the Museum. Our mission is to create landmark learning experiences for children and their families through play.
Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster's role in the community is for children and their families to learn together through well-researched, early childhood education standards and developmentally-appropriate play. Therefore, we strive to foster positive child-adult relationships in a safe, encouraging learning environment.
purchase materials to support our hands-on learning exhibits, such as face paint for "The Face Painting Porch", play dough for "The Clubhouse," or new costumes for "Mostly Make Believe."
support a new theme in "The Clubhouse" with materials that support learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Initiatives.
support the creation of a new seasonal hands-on learning exhibit in our "Right in Your Own Backyard" exhibit. Previous themes include decorating snowmen, camping, construction, ply-wood derby, and the music wall.
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