Hanover Area History Museum®

About the Museum

Doss Alley behind the Mansion

Hanover’s first permanent history museum is located behind the Warehime-Myers Mansion in the former Carriage House. The Society’s Museum Committee developed a series of Hanover-based storylines identifying families, industries and events and transformed them into a linked saga of over 250 years of Hanover’s remarkable history.

While the exterior of the Carriage House remains unchanged, the former horse, auto and maintenance bays now house the three galleries of the Museum. The creative staff of the former Marketechs Design Studio of York, PA, met numerous times with the Museum Committee and created a series of informational panels, exhibit and interactive displays of compelling history. The Museum is chronologically arranged to provide a self-guided experience for visitors, though a Committee member is always available to assist visitors.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Society had to postpone its original plan to open the new Museum from April 2020 to October 2021. The Museum Committee used this time to fine tune several exhibits, load a touchscreen interactive monitor and construct an attractive gift shop in a former storage room adjacent to Gallery 2. The touchscreen monitor offers additional information for select stories in the galleries.

History Museum Featured in the Evening Sun and other local papers!

Click here for July 2021 article in The Evening Sun, “After half a century and thousands of hours of research, Hanover’s history finally has a home.”

Touring the Museum

The Museum is open when the Mansion is open and its hours are the same: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays (last tour begins at 2:30 p.m. both days) or by appointment ([email protected]; 717-634-5238). Saturday tours may be cancelled due to rental events; this will be posted on our signs and/or on the website. Photographs, large bags, pens or markers are not permitted. Food, drinks and chewing gum are not allowed.

Museum Fees: Currently there is no charge to tour the Museum. Donations are encouraged.

Gift Shop: Cash, check or credit cards are accepted. HAHS members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

Museum Parking, Accessibility, Restrooms


  • The Museum parking lot is on the east side of Doss Alley just off Hanover Street.
  • Handicap Parking:  There is limited handicap parking next to the Carriage House (Museum).
  • Bus Parking: Parking spots are available for two buses on the right side of the parking lot. Students should be let off in the rear parking area only.

Accessibility: The Museum is fully accessible; however, visitors should be aware of the cobblestone and grooved concrete flooring in Gallery 1.

Restroom: The Museum has a handicapped accessible restroom off of Gallery 3.