The Landis Valley Museum is a great destination if you’re looking for a unique living history experience during your trip to Lancaster County. This village and farm museum offers 100 acres of collections, exhibits, and cultural heritage for you to explore and appreciate. Documenting the German rural community of Pennsylvania from 1740 to 1940, the Landis Valley Museum has a diverse array of artifacts. Experience these, along with an ongoing exploration of past heritage, when you visit this charming local museum!
For more information on Lancaster points of interest to visit during your stay, download our free Vacation Guide. It features a variety of fantastic places to explore while you are staying at the Historic Smithton Inn. Historic recommendations range from the Landis Valley Museum to the National Watch and Clock Museum!
Living History Experience at the Landis Valley Museum
Discover Pennsylvania Dutch life in action when you visit the Landis Valley Museum. Once an actual rural crossroads village, Landis Valley features 100 acres of historic structures and beautiful scenery. It is, in fact, the largest living history museum in the country! Skilled artisans and costumed guides will lead you on a magical experience that explores historic traditions and folklore. Horse-drawn wagon rides are an added touch to heirloom gardens and authentic farmsteads. When you visit, you will be invited to wander through 18th and 19th-century farm life. There are many buildings on 100 acres to explore. Learn more about the rich history of our region in the most entertaining and interactive way!
Enjoy a Group Tour at the Museum
The Landis Valley Museum offers some great group tours that will allow you to enjoy a full experience during your visit. Your group tour will include delightful history demonstrations. A few of these are period manufacturing, farming and food preservation, traditional craft making, and weaving and cooking. You will come across historic breeds of animals, agricultural demonstrations, quilting, authentic cooking, and more. All the while, there will be a discussion on how the Amish and Mennonites make up a significant part of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Tour options include a guided tour and self-guided tour, while add-ons are a horse-drawn wagon ride and a Pennsylvania Dutch food tasting. Allow three hours for your group tour!
Find Souvenirs and Gifts in the Landis Valley Museum Store
After enjoying your step back in time, return to the present by discovering some lovely souvenirs and gifts in the museum store. Beyond keepsakes and souvenirs, you will find many locally crafted goods that you will treasure for years to come. Among shop inventory are rugs, books, pottery, wood crafts, fiber art, heirloom seeds, and more! There are also some great tin pieces, leather work goods, jewelry, and shawls crafted by Landis Valley interpreters.
Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn
Our historic boutique hotel in the heart of Lancaster County provides the perfect retreat during your Pennsylvania adventures. Discover the unique charm of our guest rooms, lovely amenities, and a homemade breakfast each morning of your stay. We are also happy to recommend items to add to your itinerary!