The Lumber Museum’s Mill Pond at the 2012 Bark Peelers’ Festival. The mill is into production as evidenced by the steam cloud and visitors watching the demonstrations inside. Other participants are preparing the pond for the burling demonstration to...Read More
Competitors are hard at work during the 2012 Bark Peelers’ Festival. For decades visitors have attended this weekend long celebration of traditional lumbering activities at the PA Lumber...Read More
The Lumber Museum is home to an original Chestnut Log Cabin built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. This cabin was removed from its original location, Camp S-135, Dyer Farm, Potter County and re-erected at the Museum by the young men of the Pennsylvania Conservation...Read More
Snow covers the Logging Camp at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. Between the months of November and March, the logging camp and other exterior exhibits will be available only during favorable weather and temperature conditions. Please call the museum to verify the availability of these...Read More
On Sunday March 5th, 2017, there will be a showing of the documentary films: Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade and Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy. These films were produced by WITF Public Television for the PA Conservation Heritage Project.
Thank you to everyone who visited the museum in 2016! Check out our 2017 Schedule of Events!
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.
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is open to the public year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The museum is closed all Federal holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Located in scenic Potter County along U.S. Route 6 at mile marker 188 between Galeton and Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is nestled in the densely forested Allegheny high plateau. The museum visitor center and exhibits are all new after a three-year-long renovation and expansion project that concluded in May, 2015. The expansion added 7,000 square feet, nearly doubling the size of the building. The new core exhibit, “Challenges and Choices in Pennsylvania’s Forests,” explores the growth of Pennsylvania’s lumber industry, the devastation and revival of the state’s forests, and current public and private efforts to maintain a “working forest.” To date, the beauty and character of these exhibits has been recognized through several prestigious awards presented by PA Museums and the American Association for State and Local History.
To view photographs and for more information concerning the expansion project at the museum , please click here.
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is home to thousands of objects ranging from prehistoric stone tools to a variety of twentieth century chain saws. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to simulate activities such as swinging an ax, sawing a tree, piloting a log raft, and racing locomotives. Large outdoor exhibits are located throughout the 160-acre museum property and include a re-created early 20th century logging camp, the museum’s popular 70-ton Shay geared-locomotive, and a 1910 Barnhart log loader. A rustic log cabin build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 showcases the talents and craftsmanship of these dedicated citizens. Other exhibits include a steam-powered sawmill and log pond, a 1945 Brookville tannery switch engine, and a Sustainable Forestry Trail that loops through forty acres of forest surrounding Commissioner Run.
The museum’s Bark Peelers’ Festival, held annually over the July 4th holiday weekend, treats thousands of visitors to lively special events, contests, and demonstrations; all celebrating “woodhick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors provide guests with ample shopping and culinary opportunities. There is live music throughout the weekend, crafts and games at the Kids Korner, an operating steam-powered circular sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, cross cut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Barkpeeler” and the associated cash prizes.
2017 Event is July 1 & 2!
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA) are the official membership and support organization for the PA Lumber Museum, funding numerous projects and activities, including the Bark Peelers’ Festival. You are invited to join us!
Our collections focus on the history of the lumber industry in Pennsylvania. We also touch on the use of the Commonwealth’s forests and the environmental impact of lumbering activities. Collections range from locomotives to commemorative pins and everything in-between, including photographs and research materials.