National Apple Museum
154 West Hanover St.
Biglerville, PA 17307
(717) 677-4556

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The apple is arguably America's favorite fruit. Virtually everyone is certain to enjoy at least one of the couple dozen or so varieties available. Apple pie ranks with Mom as an American symbol, and our favorite people are the apple of our eye. Cities have argued for the privilege of being called The Big Apple. The apple's nutritional value is such that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is closely held as a truth by many people. And apples have been around for a long, long time.

So how is it that this beloved fruit only recently got its own museum around here? Well, the National Apple Museum was worth the wait!

Opened in 1990 by the Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society, this museum features great exhibits and programs that celebrate the apple and illustrate its importance to us all. Local history is also brought to life here in a colorful fashion.

The Museum is housed in a large bank barn, which is also home to the Apple Core Band and the National Apple Museum Dance Band. Tours are conducted by guides who are either native to the area or have worked with apples.

Read on for a brief glimpse at some of the exhibits people of all age can enjoy. Begin with an entertaining video about the apple industry. Then move on to the historical displays of original warrants and deeds on sheepskin, and an authentic map of all the early settlers' farms as parceled by William Penn. One display demonstrates the laboratory and its role in developing fruit and vegetable processing methods. The art of barrel making is demonstrated, and a working apple grader can be seen. Bees are important to an orchard, and a honeybee display shows why.

An 1880 kitchen is on display, as are quality control items, peelers, cider presses, and a vinegar generator. Early orchard photos, a prize-winning quilt, and a local scenes diorama can be seen. And don't miss the original posters commemorating the crowning of Apple Queens past.

Throughout the year the Museum hosts a number of great activities, fun for the entire family. From antique autos to miniature carousels, a wide variety of themes are presented at events that are sure to please. Call for a calendar. There is dancing every month to the music of the 40's and 50's.

Great for families, a tour is fun and highly educational -- certainly appropriate for School Groups of all ages as well. Naturally there is an orchard here, which groups may tour as well.

Hours: Open around May through October, Saturdays from 10am - 4pm and Sundays 1 - 4. Will open other times throughout the year for group tours. Call to confirm hours.
Adults $3.00
Seniors $2.00
Children (6-16) $1.50
Call to confirm.
Groups (6 or more people):
Adults $2.50
Children (6-16) $1.25
Call to confirm.
Group Reservations: At least 1 week in advance.
Lunch: Catering services available. Picnic area available for eating bagged lunch.
Handicapped Access: Partial. Call with your needs.
Directions: Rt. 30 West to York to Rt. 234 West to Biglerville. Turn left at light, go 1 block. Turn right onto W. Hanover. 3 blocks to museum. 120 - 150 minutes northwest of Philadelphia.

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