The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Responds to COVID-19

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We at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) want to ensure that the public remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PHMC has temporarily closed all state-owned historic sites and museums [ INCLUDING THE PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM ] to all visitors across the commonwealth, effective Sunday, March 15 and, at current, extending through April 30, 2020.

PHMC, in consultation with the Governor’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves. 

Thank you for your support. Please check the museum web site and Facebook page for updates on the possible rescheduling for special events and programs.

Please visit phmc.pa.gov for updates

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. Nestled in the wooded mountains of Potter County, the museum invites visitors to discover the courageous yet reckless spirit of Pennsylvania’s lumbering past while learning to care for the forests of the future. Interactive exhibits in our Visitor Center simulate activities such as swinging an ax, sawing a tree, piloting a log raft and racing locomotives for a hands-on experience with history. Outdoor exhibits located across our 10-acre campus include a re-created early 20th-century lumber camp, a 70-ton Shay geared-locomotive, and Barnhart log loader, and a log cabin built by the C.C.C. Our operable steam-powered sawmill is run three times a year at our Spring Show, Bark Peelers’ Festival, and Fall Show events. Check our EVENTS PAGE for a list of all special demonstrations, programs, and activities.


Year-round – 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday and all holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.


5660 US Route 6 West
Ulysses, PA 16948


(814) 435-2652



Adult: $8.00
Seniors (65+) & Discount: $7.00
Youth (3-11): $5.00
Children under 3: Free
Active Military Duty & Immediate Family: Free

Discounted rates for group tours. Click here for rates.

Admission for Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates is free.

Our Mission

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic saw mill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.

Prepare for your visit to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum by watching this short orientation film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCyFn546wTs