The Hershey Story Museum
Reciprocal: Time Travelers free admission
Full Price Admission Cost: $12.50
WWWW Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My family has been fortunate to visit the adorable town of Hershey, PA twice now. Both times we’ve visited The Hershey Story Museum, and both times we’ve been impressed.
The museum follows the life of Milton Hershey, beginning when he was just a child and following his early business ventures. It also covers the history of chocolate making, touching on some of the clever inventions made by the early Hershey factory staff to make life a little easier.
Another area of the museum is set aside to showcase the many different Hershey candy bars through the years, as well as their various wrapper designs. This area is quite fun and includes some interactive elements which allow guests to design their own wrappers.
Finally, you’ll come to a section dedicated to the history of the town of Hershey itself. This area is more interesting than it might sound and really helps visitors get an understanding of who Milton Hershey was and what he valued.
Downstairs there is a fun area where kids can “work” as “employees” of the turn-of-the-century chocolate factory. This exhibit is very hands-on and gives kids a chance to see just how hard life must’ve been for these factory workers.
Also downstairs, you’ll find the chocolate tasting area, the Chocolate Lab, a gift shop, and a nice little cafe. We definitely recommend trying something chocolatey from the cafe and shopping around the gift shop a bit, as they have some really fun merchandise.
- There is free parking available.
- This is a half-day museum. We recommend eating before or after.
- The Chocolate Lab located inside of the museum offers some really neat classes. Be sure to budget for them.
- Additionally, there is a chocolate tasting that’s pretty neat. It also costs extra, so come prepared if that’s something you wish to do.
- Groupons are often available for this attraction.
Books to Read
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Curious George Visits the Chocolate Factory by H.A. Rey
- Chocolate: A Sweet History by Sandra Markle
- Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier by M.M. Eboch
- The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale by Linda Lowery and Richard Keep
Videos to Watch
- Making Chocolate: Cacao Tree to Chocolate Bar
- The Story of Chocolate
- Where Does Chocolate Come From?
- Thorntons Chocolate Factory Tour
- Visit Hershey
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Also available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming)
Activities to Do
- Make your own chocolate candies.
- Purchase this Chocolate Bars Around the World Gift Box and have a chocolate tasting.
Things to Discuss
- If you could invent a candy bar, what would it be like?
- What kinds of inventions might have made the lives of Hershey factory workers easier in the beginning?
- Do you think chocolate would be as popular as it is today if it weren’t for Milton Hershey? Why or why not?
Other Area Attractions
Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions and/or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs, see this post.
- Hershey Park
- ZooAmerica — AZA Free
- Chocolate World — Free
- The Hershey Story — Time Travelers
- National Watch and Clock Museum — ASTC
- Wright’s Ferry Mansion
- Burning of the Bridge Diorama
- Columbia Historical Preservation Society
- Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery — Inexpensive and Recommended
Closest Places to Stay on a Budget
- Passport America, RPI, and Thousand Trails: Hershey RV and Camping Resort — 8.8 mi
- Passport America, RPI, and Thousand Trails: PA Dutch Country RV Resort — 14.9 mi
- Passport America, RPI, and Thousand Trails: Circle M RV Resort — 31.8 mi
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