York County History Center

250 E. Market St., York, PA 17403 - United States



Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

The York County History Center provides unique experiences through multiple historic buildings and museums in Pennsylvania, as well as invaluable resources for research. Whether you are visiting one or all of our York, PA museums, we’re sure you’ll discover something new and exciting about the people and history of York County Pennsylvania.

All five of the York County History Center museums will be participating in Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Bring your all-inclusive ticket to any of the museums listed below for free admission. We can't wait to see you!


Historical Society Museum
The headquarters, Library and Archives and many of the History Center’s diverse exhibits are housed in a building that is itself an historic artifact. Constructed in 1921 as an automobile dealership, the main lobby retains its original showroom tile floor and the spacious two-story entrance hall. William Richley donated the building to the York County Historical Society after it had outgrown its prior home in 1955.

Agricultural and Industrial Museum
Learn about York County’s vast contributions to the progress of agriculture and industry. Housed in a former factory complex, the York, PA museum features two floors with over 20 exhibits highlighting 300 years of transportation, agriculture and the development of manufacturing and industry. Many of the exhibits feature hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages.

Colonial Complex
One of our most popular York, PA museums, the Colonial Complex encompasses four historic buildings located downtown. Your 45-60 minute guided tour will explore political intrigue, tavern life and culture of the 18th Century. The four buildings reflect both private and public lifestyles of early York County residents.

The Bonham House
Originally built in 1840, this three-story dwelling was purchased by artist and prominent Yorker, Horace Bonham. Visitors to the Bonham House will learn about the Bonham family and the evolution of the structure that reflects the changes in society between the 1870s and 1960s. While Horace trained as a lawyer, he spent most of his life as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes. Several of his works are display in the house.

Fire Museum
Located in the historic 1903 Royal Fire House. The museum allows visitors to see how York Firefighters worked, lived, and played. The building holds more than 225 years of firefighting equipment representative of the 72 fire companies of York County. Exhibits and objects on display include six fire trucks ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, hand-drawn pumpers, uniforms, and historic alarm systems.

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

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Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.