Visitors to the museum get a glimpse of life in Cumberland County and its changes throughout the years. Our award-winning galleries, containing over 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, were redesigned and reopened in 2005. From the story of the early Native Americans to the creation of the turnpike, changes in the landscape and industries of Cumberland County are shown through historic artifacts. The military gallery represents county experience in American military history, from Molly Pitcher to Black Hawk Down. The work of talented local artisans is represented in furniture, quilts, pottery, paintings, and more. Particularly noteworthy are the Schimmel and Mountz woodcarvings, as well as materials from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (nationally significant as the first boarding school for Native Americans).
Our free museum is open during regular CCHS hours. Labels allow for a self-guided visit, but a volunteer docent is always on duty to guide individuals or answer questions. Group tours are also available. In addition to our permanent museum, special exhibits are regularly changed in the Kramer and Miller galleries.
Detail of side chair, c. 1800, made for Colonel Ephraim Blaine
Photo by Rachel Drumheller