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Arts & Museums
Milton Hershey, who was born in 1857, was not only a confectioner and a founder of the Chocolate Hershey Company, but also a founder of the Hershey town. Situated along the Chocolate Avenue, the Hershey Story Museum offers an interesting journey into his life through interactive displays, exhibitions and educational objects. The museum consists of a Chocolate Lab, where visitors get a first hand knowledge on chocolate making. There is also a museum shop that sells souvenirs, and Cafe Zooka, which offers chocolate desserts and snacks.
For all those who love cars, Antique Auto Museum is a must stop, while visiting Hershey's. Boasting a huge collection of vintage cars, this museum has several such cars displayed under the different settings. In the process of increasing the 1920 collection, you will be simply awed by the cars here, which have been so well-maintained and preserved. Several educational and school tours are organized by this museum, which offer an insight into the history of these expensive beauties.
A non-profit organization and part of Antique Automobile Club of America, the Hershey Region Chuck Wagon Lodge promotes sportsmanship by hosting various events and exhibitions in antique automobiles.
Built in the 1700s by Paul Gemberling, one of the earliest German settlers in the community, the property Gemberling-Rex House comprises of the half-timbered house, a bake oven, a smoke house and an incompletely built stone barn. Located in Schaefferstown, within a township called Heidelberg, PA, the Rex House forms an important landmark and represents the village origins and underlying culture. Now managed and owned by Historic Schaefferstown, Inc it is open to public for informative tours every Tuesday from 1p to 4p.
The Civil war had a life changing impact for all those in Hershey and Harrisburg. The National Civil War Museum took up the challenge to record the proceedings of the war and the result was a collection of about 25,000 exhibits narrating the events of the war from 1994 to 1999. Your visit to this museum will not only be a source of gaining knowledge about the ill-effects of the war, but also a mark of respect for all those who fought and lost their lives during that period. Stroll across the several halls of the museum and look at different artifacts, manuscripts, photographs and documents that relive the ghastly moments of the dark war years. You can also view some aspects of life before the war in the scripts and narratives displayed. To know more about the place, call ahead or check the website.
Roadside America features a mini-model of American landscape complete with rail roads, hills, buildings, churches, school, forests, pretty much everything! Housed in a property of about 8,000 square feet (740 square meters), it was set up by Laurence Gieringer in 1935. An expansive piece of work that Gieringer kept adding to ever since its establishment, Roadside America remains largely unperturbed since 1963 owing to Gieringer's death that same year.
Go through a collection of about 5,000 dolls and toys at The Doll House Museum, which is situated on the 2004 State Street. Although the doll collection ranges from the year 1840 to 1925, you will be surprised to see how well these dolls have been preserved by this museum. From fairy tales dolls, dress up dolls to barbie dolls and puppets, this museum is unbeatable when it comes to the variety. And if you feel like owning one, you can collect souvenirs from the doll shop that stocks doll house furniture, paper doll books and other antique toys.
As the name suggests, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art showcases different aspects of nature through the medium of art. Opened in 1993, it was named in the honor of renowned naturalist and artist, Ned Smith. Keeping in mind Ned Smith's dedication and love towards nature, this center with its tranquil and scenic surroundings is a perfect place to showcase his collection. The center features art galleries, an outdoor area, classrooms and a gift shop. Its art galleries display works of contemporary artists and photographers who focus on nature and a permanent exhibition comprising collection of Smith's work. Given the lovely combination of nature and creativity, the events held here are very interesting and include camping, theatrical shows, workshops, auctions and cultural festivals. For more details, check its website.
The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum opened in 1899 and has since then been exhibiting the history and process of firefighting to the visitors. Boasting a good collection of several yesteryear artifacts to the latest used tools, this museum will not fail to interest you. From firehouse buildings and their architecture to the life of a firefighter, this museum will acquaint you with everything. The gift shop here features a huge collection of books, collectibles and other toys. For more information, please check the website.
If you want to know about Pennsylvania, there can be no better place then the State Museum of Pennsylvania. This museum is dedicated to exhibiting everything that describes the state, including its history, current issues and forthcoming agenda. You can look at the different types of archaeological artifacts, paintings, fine arts, decorative art pieces, fauna as also the military and technological advances of the State. The museum stretches across 4 floors and going through every exhibit might not be possible. However, ensure that you do not skip the multi-media planetarium that offers an in-depth explanations of celestial bodies. Educational tours at the museum for students are conducted as well. Call ahead or visit the website for bookings.
As you step into the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts, you enter the world of intrigue and fascination. Featuring three floors of educative exhibits, one can learn everything about mysteries and facts of our world. At the science center, there is something for everyone. For children there is KidsPlace, whereas adults can enjoy at Forces of Nature. Apart from the science center, this center also consists of a performance theater that can accommodate about 600 people. The IMAX Theater screens some of the most unique films and can hold upto 200 people. On the lower level, an intimate theater present is ideal for hosting lectures and classes. For tour prices and hours for the season, please check the website.
The Lerch Tavern was constructed in 1797 and is a two-story rectangular-shaped structure built in limestone. Over the span of years, it has gained significance as a historic tavern and inn in Werners Ville. It is the headquarters to the Heidelberg Heritage Society. Provisions are made for guided tours and ample parking facilities to ensure the well-being of large groups. The tavern has period rooms furnished with stellar antiques and vintage belongings. It is an important museum and also home to a non-circulating reading library.