The Lancaster Science Factory will open at 11am on Friday 7/19 due to a maintenance issue. Timed entry tickets for 10am will be honored all day.

Keeping Our Facility Accessible to All Children In Our Community

The Lancaster Science Factory offers the following free admission programs. List updated 9/22/2021. Subject to change.


Museums for All

The Science Factory is a proud member of Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting NHSM with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Museums for All is part of the Science Factory’s mission to be accessible to the Lancaster community. More than 500 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country.  Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 48 states.

To qualify: Present your SNAP/ACCESS card at the admission desk with a matching valid photo ID to receive up to four (4) free regular admissions.

Sponsored by: The Hershey Company

BlueStar Museums (Memorial Day through Labor Day Only)

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

To qualify: From Memorial to Labor Day ONLY. Present your valid active-duty military or spouse ID to receive up to five (5) free regular admissions.

Sponsored by: The Willis and Elsie Shenk Foundation and CSX Transporation

Library System of Lancaster County Pass Program

Library Cardholders at one of the 17 libraries in this system can check out a pass to the Lancaster Science Factory. Passes cover up to five (5) regular admissions. Please see your local library for pass availability.

We’re also proud to partner with other regional libraries that have supported the Lancaster Science Factory by purchasing an Annual Library Membership. Check with your local library to see if they participate. 

Sponsored by: The Richard S. and Ann B. Barshinger Foundation

First Friday @ The Lancaster Science Factory

Join us for FREE ADMISSION from 5pm – 7pm on the First Friday of each month! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by: PPL Electric Utilities

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