The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Responds to COVID-19

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The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s state-owned historic sites and museums, including the PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM, will reopen to the public the week of July 20. The PHMC is taking a series of steps to ensure the health and safety of its staff and visitors. Please watch our website and social media for important updates.

Please visit phmc.pa.gov for additional information.

The first day of renewed public operation of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum will be WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2020 (as we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Upon reopening, the museum will have reduced hours of operation- Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM through 4 Pm, through at least August 31, 2020.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of the museum! We will be releasing additional information about visitor safety protocols in the coming weeks.

Cancellation Notice for BARK PEELERS’ FESTIVAL 2020

In early May, the members of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA) met to discuss the feasibility of holding our signature yearly event, Bark Peelers’ Festival, this summer on July 4 & 5, 2020. The festival is our biggest event of the year, and typically draws a crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 people to the museum. Given the advised restrictions on large gatherings that will likely still be in-place this summer, the PALMA Board of Directors has decided to cancel Bark Peelers’ Festival 2020 out of concerns for public safety and COVID-19 mitigation efforts. We are saddened by the idea of not being able to see all of the wonderful presenters, vendors, volunteers and guests who typically attend the festival, but we are resolved to do all we can to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We hope our festival “community” will return to join us for next year’s Bark Peelers’ Festival, to be held on July 3 & 4, 2021.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!

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 (interactive exhibits are closed due to COVID-19). 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.



We plan to re-open on Wednesday July 22, 2020.

Following the re-opening of the museum, hours will temporarily be reduced to Wednesday through Sunday, 10 Am to 4 Pm. These hours will be in-place through at least August 31, 2020.

Outside of the pandemic, we are typically open Year-round – 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, 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