Since its construction in 1893, this building has been in continuous use for the Historical Society. Originally, the building housed the exhibits, library, and main offices of the Society. With the moving of the library/archives and main office down the street to #49, the building today functions solely as a Museum and office of the Curator.
The permanent exhibit on the Native American inhabitants of the area includes local artifacts ranging from stone implements of the Archaic period to the archeological evidence of European influence.
Rotating exhibits emphasize events and important influences in the lives of the people of the area, using selections from the Society’s and household articles, as well as photographs and paintings. The Weathervane Gift Shop is open during the Museum’s visiting hours. Besides various attractive gifts relating to the collections, the Gift Shop offers a variety of local publications.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Free admission for members of the Luzerne County Historical Society.
The Museum is located at 69 S. Franklin Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre, directly behind the Osterhout Free Library. Parking is available at meters along S. Franklin Street, or one of the near-by parking garages or lots (the closest garage is just down the street at Boscov’s Department Store). Our curator can be contacted at (570)822-1727.
Hours of Operation
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 4pm. We are occasionally short-staffed, so if you are planning a visit please call ahead to confirm we will be open that day, especially on Saturdays. We are closed holiday weekends and for the month of February.
Native Americans of Luzerne County (permanent)
- The Roaring ’20s (end date of exhibit TBD)
*The lower level/Coal Exhibit is currently closed for renovation*