York County History Center

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, Pennsylvania museums, we’re sure you’ll discover something new and exciting about the people and history of York County Pennsylvania. Please visit us online for more information at:

General Admission provides entry to all open York County History Center museums and historic sites on the day of your visit. Entry to the Colonial Complex is by guided tour only. York County History Center members receive free admission to all YCHC museums and sites. Time Travelers members receive $2.00 off current admission rates.


    Adults - $15 Students 6-18 - $7 Children 5 & Under - FREE


      Adults - $12 Students 6-18-$5 Children 5 & Under - FREE

      Historical Society Museum Library & Archives - Tuesday –Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      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 & Industrial Museum – Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      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.

      Step into a 1916 trolley car or sit in the seat of a 1940 train switcher engine in the Transportation Gallery. Explore the Local Industry Galleries to try your hand at using rotary phones operated by a 1930s switchboard.

      Colonial Complex – Tuesday-Saturday April through November.Site is seen through guided tour,please visit our online calendar for tour availability and the current schedule.

      One of our most popular museums, the Colonial Complex encompasses four historic buildings located downtown. Your 45-60 minute guided tour will explore York County’s role during the American Revolutionary War and everyday life and culture during the 18th century.

      Fire Museum – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. April through November

      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.

      Bonham House – Open seasonally and for special events- Please visit our website for more information
      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.

        Discounted Admission