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Witness our unique heritage come to life at the Hershey History Center.  Explore exhibits chronicling the community built on chocolate, the military heroes that became world renowned, and the legendary hockey franchise that calls our town home.

Step back in time as you learn how our community's past has shaped our lives today. Children can discover interactive displays while guests experience a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and archives defining our local narrative.  ​


We invite you to be our guest - visit, explore, and discover how the Hershey History Center is making History Happen Here.


Make History Happen Here


Wednesday, November 23 to Saturday, December 31.

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The sound of chugging engines and train whistles tooting is familiar this time of year and, at the History Center, the holidays are here!

Our train display is a joyful tradition for train enthusiasts of all ages, and combines unique train artifact displays with landmarks of Hershey to blend history with fun.  In addition, our Chocolatetown Special train will remain on display in the museum through the holiday season, offering two floors of interactive train displays!

Support for the annual holiday train display is provided by Ned Zechman and Family. 

Extended hours of operation:

Holiday Train Show begins on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and runs until Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Monday through Saturday.

Closing early:

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. (10:00 am to 1:00 pm ONLY.)


Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Holiday Train Show ends on December 31 at 1:00 pm.

Remembrance Tree Ornaments

Celebrate your memories with an ornament on our Remembrance Tree, on display throughout the holiday season.  Your remembrance and tribute for living or departed loved ones, friends,

and family supports the Hershey History Center.


We will accept your remembrances until Monday, December 19, 2022. Please respond as soon as possible to allow time for your ornament to be personalized with a tag denoting your remembrance. This gift is tax deductible.

Christmas Ball w/Gold....$50

(Note: Ornaments will be saved at the Society.)

Please download and print the payment form.


Mail to the address below or return to info@hersheyhistory.org

Hershey History Center

40 North East Drive

Hershey, PA 17033


 We present events throughout the year, from our Annual Preservation Gala, La Festa Italiana series, to tours and holiday trains.  

Learn more about  Hershey Artfest, our annual celebration of artisans, fine art, and music, held on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Click on the link below!   


 Our exhibits offer insight and perspective into our community’s history, before chocolate and beyond.  Interpretive displays tell the stories and bring to life the voices of those who shaped, built, and maintain our legacies and future.


Your contributions help sustain our mission to preserve and promote the rich history of Derry Township and Hershey, PA.  

Consider joining as a member or giving a gift to help support our collections and programs, ensuring the future of our history!



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our mission:




the history of Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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Programs and services provided in part by funding through the PA Historical & Museum Commission