J.R. Tobias Museum & Education Center

COVID-19 Update

The J.R. Tobias Museum & Education Center will open May 1, 2021 for the 2021 season.  Occupancy will be limited in accordance with Covid-19 regulations.

J.R. Tobias Museum & Education Center

The award-winning J.R. Tobias Museum & Education Center tells the story of how a marine turned his family homestead into a sprawling zoo that became a favorite family attraction for over 180,000 park visitors each year. Using videos, photos, artifacts, and hands-on exhibits, the museum entertains and educates visitors on the making of the park, the founder’s love of wildlife, and how we can all contribute to the conservation of our world’s endangered wildlife. At its inception, the J.R. Tobias Museum & Education Center was awarded the New Attraction of the Year award by the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor’s Bureau.

Experience Park History

Animals on Display

In addition to the educational exhibits about the park and endangered animals, the museum also includes animal exhibits. While you’re here you can check out the beautiful toucans and a 500 gallon freshwater aquarium featuring jaquar and motoro stingrays, a silver arowana, and more.

Keel-billed Toucan
Ramphastos sulfuratus
Central-South America


Motoro Stingray
Potamotrygon motoro
South America



Museum opens every day at 11:00 a.m. and closes when the park closes.