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Visit LancasterHistory.org's Galleries

Explore three centuries of art and history through exhibits in Groff and Gerhart Galleries, Stoudt Gallery, Ryder Hall, and see the treasures held in the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center, including the Heritage Center Decorative Arts Collection, and the Esprit Collection of Amish Quilts.

The Galleries are located inside the headquarters of LancasterHistory.org on The Campus of History which is located at the intersection of Marietta and North President Avenues in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There is ample off-street parking available. The grounds also feature President James Buchanan's Wheatland, Wheatland's Gardens and the popular Tanger Arboretum, which features more than 100 species of trees from around the world.


Current Exhibition on Display

Perspective image of LancasterHistory.org exhibit, FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty." Now on display.

 

FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" explores the stories of Lancastrians who sought freedom, fought for freedom, lived in freedom, and were denied freedom over the course of 300 years. They are stories of hope, joy, struggle, and survival from Penn's Holy Experiment through the 21st century. While exploring Lancaster County's past, we invite you to contemplate what freedom means to you.

We are most grateful for the support of the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, Marian Ranck Gerhart, the E. Ann Klein Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) in the creation of this exhibit.

Three images of items featured in the exhibition.From left to right: Congressman Thaddeus Stevens' clubfoot boot; the House of Worth Gown worn by former First Lady Harriet Lane Johnson; and historic books featured in the Freedom exhibition.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

For any closings, particularly around the holidays, we encourage you to visit our "Closings" webpage before making your travel plans. 


Admission

To purchase tickets to view the exhibitions, please click the "Tickets" button below. Admission to the galleries is available via a "General Admission" ticket. Included also with your purchase of a General Admission tickets is a guided tour of Wheatland. You can also visit the Galleries with a Family Museum Pass from the Lancaster Public Library (valid for Lancaster County residents only; click here for more information).

Clickable button with text "Tickets."

 

2017 Admission Prices

 

Image of an eagle with the word "Freedom."

 

In Groff Gallery

The quest for human freedom lies at the heart of the American experience. Ongoing through late 2017, FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" explores the stories of Lancastrians who sought freedom, fought for freedom, lived in freedom, and were denied freedom over the course of 300 years. They are stories of hope, joy, struggle, and survival from Penn's Holy Experiment to the 21st century. While exploring Lancaster County's past, we invite you to contemplate what freedom means to you. 

Close up of historic marriage certificate.In Gerhart Gallery

Out of the Box and Off the Wall encourages visitors to think outside the box when it comes to using archival resources in their research. This exhibit consists of items not commonly displayed to the public and include items such as historic documents, a scrapbook, a diary, and ephemera that represent the more than one (1) million items in the archives collections at LancasterHistory.org.

 

Image of Barney Ewell.

In Stoudt Gallery

FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" continues in Stoudt Gallery with focus on Lancastrian Olympic athlete Henry Norwood "Barney" Ewell (1918-1996). Born into poor circumstances in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1918, Barney Ewell rose to become one of the world's leading sprinters of the 1940s, earning him an Olympic gold medal in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Ewell attended John Piersol McCaskey High School in Lancaster, PA, where his fame lives on through the stadium named in his honor, among many additional accolades he earned throughout his lifetime. On view in the display are several trophies and medals that Ewell earned throughout his athletic career.

 

Photograph of Frank Rieker and his brewers at Rieker's Star Brewery on West King Street, c. 1885.)

In the Lower Level

In the mood for a cold one? Come check out the latest photo exhibit in our lower level for a photographic history of Lancaster's big four breweries: Sprenger, Haefner, Wacker, and Rieker, and see how Lancaster earned its nickname, "Little Munich." (Photo to left of Frank Rieker and his brewers at Rieker's Star Brewery on West King Street, c. 1885).

Curated by Marianne Heckles, photo curator, the latest photograph exhibit, Little Munich, is a part of the galleries at LancasterHistory.org.

 

 


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