Landis Valley Museum

Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster: Hours, Address, Landis Valley Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Landis Valley Museum
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9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
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Due to the precautions taken regarding COVID-19, the museum will be closed until further notice. Relax and roam through the authentic crossroads village and farms of Landis Valley as you learn the rich history of the Pennsylvania Germans of Lancaster County. Comprised of over 40 buildings on 100 acres, the museum is the guardian of 65+ varieties of heirloom seeds and the largest collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts in the U.S. Through costumed demonstrators, special events, group tours, award-winning exhibits, and educational programs for adults and children you'll come away all the more enriched by your experience here.
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18 contributions
Family
A outdoor museum with various buildings that explore the German immigrant experience. Our kids were engaged the entire time and learning by doing made the history lesson even more real/ from blacksmith demonstrations to the 1 room schoolhouse!
Written 17 July 2022
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Christine F
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Family
Cool to see things almost frozen in time. We had a good time just wandering around exploring what was open. I would say I wasn't a fan of some of the houses that said OPEN but you couldn't get in. Would be nice to get to go in every house. And my one gripe with our trip was at the end when we visited the gift shop the lady gave me odd vibes as if she thought we were gonna maybe steal something. She watched our every move and let me know to put my current shopped products she helped me find on the countertop if I'm gonna keep shopping, saying it multiple times as if I didn't have a choice. I just thought that was odd and off-putting. Just that particular person for whatever reason.
Written 9 June 2022
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Bongo_Bass_Man
Morristown, NJ112 contributions
The docents we met were quite informative and knew their topics well. I learned a ton of things from Shelva about how linen used to be produced by hand from flax. We also had fun conversing with the cooper who was there to explain the process of barrel-making. The period shopkeeper was also extremely well versed all aspects of how the store worked and it's impact to the community.
Written 5 June 2022
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TMHammer
Campbell, New York, United States28 contributions
Family
Beautiful setting, but not a lot going on. It’s early in the season and it was obvious that not everything was in full swing. The grounds are beautiful and we’d like to return when more is happening.
Written 14 April 2022
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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,137 contributions
It's really fun to be able to walk through this village that has been recreated using buildings from other areas. There is plenty of great information about the buildings and the original locations and the historical significance of each of them. The farm machine equipment building was fascinating and they have a really great museum display building with very cool artifacts. It's a great place to see the history of the area and get a wonderful sense of life in the "olden" days. If you can go when they have activities like hay rides and demonstrations, I'm sure it's even better.
Written 25 November 2021
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Brittany S
Magnolia, KY28 contributions
Friends
This was a neat place to see but I feel like it was lacking some things. The best part was the indoor exhibit of farm machines. Don’t go around noon because any of the buildings with people to talk to go on an hour lunch break. I wish there was a little more info on some of the buildings. For a fall day trip to just see some old buildings it was ok.
Written 5 November 2021
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,315 contributions
Couples
Great little museum but the grounds are fabulous. Great walk and the working farm is awesome. So much information on the life in German Pennsylvania during early and mid American history.
Written 6 June 2021
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Span_pro
Enfield, CT102 contributions
We took the tour on a rainy, cool weekend. Not all of the buildings were open, and not all of the experiences were available, because they were still in the process of opening fully, due to COVID. Still, it was definitely a worthwhile experience. The bar, hotel, general store and farm machinery building were highlights, and the homestead and clothing production areas were instructive. Our guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. I very much recommend the place as a look back into PA Dutch history and life, and as they become fully operational, it will just get better.
Written 4 June 2021
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Karen C
Racine, WI6 contributions
There’s so much to do, see and experience at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. We visited the first time in April to attend the museum’s annual Spring Benefit Auction where we discovered a wonderful array of reproduction and interpretive crafts by skilled artisans, antiques, art and other items of interest to historically minded people, plus gift baskets and certificates from local and regional businesses who support historical preservation. We returned later in the Summer for Civil War Days and then in the Fall for Harvest Days, which showcases how early farmers and their families harvested their crops, celebrated the end of summer and lived as a community. In December, with Christmas coming, we enjoyed the Belsnickle, the Pennsylvania German character who quizzes children to see if they've been naughty or nice.

The “interpreters” – those people who demonstrate and discuss the crafts and skills of the 18th and 19th century life – are volunteers, so they are not on duty every day of the week. If you are particularly interested the interpreters, who are excellent, you may wish to call ahead to find out which buildings are staffed.

We expect to return for this year's Spring Auction, looking for bargains and special gifts for friends and family, since we support historic preservation.

P.S. Fun fact: This is the place where the movie “Beloved” was filmed since its character is so true to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Written 21 February 2020
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Leo H
Jenkintown, PA42 contributions
Great place to visit. We went when they had their end of season festival. We enjoyed all of their home-made recipes of Apple Cider and Sour Krauts! Told my wife how to prepare it herself! Great stuff!
Written 11 February 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM