Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster, PA
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You will learn a lot about the history of the area, mainly about the Pennsylvania Dutch of so long ago.
The museum preserves, collects and presents Lancaster County's decorative arts and historical exhibits in a unique way. You can thoroughly enjoy learning about the history through the various permanent collections there as well as educational programs for the kids and annual exhibits. What you see in the Heritage Center Museum is an excellent example of life in the area from many years ago.
The museum is a must-see stop during your tourist wanderings around Lancaster. History buffs will enjoy the two historic buildings that encompasses the museum - the old City Hall built in the 1790s and an old Masonic Lodge.
The Heritage Center Museum is typically open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the evening on the first Friday of each month. Of course, the holidays affect regular museum hours. You can visit as often as you like because admission is free! There are some paid parking areas around the museum as well as a number of other area attractions.
There also is a museum store in which you can buy the requisite souvenirs as well as some expertly hand crafted jewelry, textiles, home accessories, pottery, baskets and much more. It's a great place to pick up a few mementos of your trip.
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