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The Hershey Story Museum, Hershey
(4.1/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Learn the legacy of Milton Hershey and his chocolate confections at The Hershey Story Museum through interactive exhibits and activities. Watch the process of creating a chocolate bar, from planting cocoa beans to making your own delicious treat. Sample warm chocolate flavored drinks, such as fruity African and Indonesian caramel. Younger guests can become apprentices and engage in scavenger hunts. See the collection of chocolate-making tools and machines, molds, promotional materials, and numerous non-confectionary artifacts related to Hershey. Browse through rare and historical sweets and souvenirs at the museum shop. Take a look at our Hershey family vacation planner to schedule your visit to The Hershey Story Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Lots of interactive displays that entertained our 6 year old. Very unique museum with a lot of information about Hershey the company and town. 
  • Tastings: chocolates from around the world! We tried the full flight of six. I made it through Tanzania, Venezuela, and Mexico and had to take a break. They are certainly rich with far more cacao then...  more »
  • Milton Hershey was such An amazing man. It's worth learning about him. We got comp tickets because we stayed at the Hershey Lodge. I was worried about bringing my 4 and 5 year old but they had fun. Th...  more »
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  • The interactive factory exhibit was fun. Desserts in the coffee shop were absolutely decadent!
  • The Hershey Story Museum is an excellent experience for those who like history. Or chocolate. Or chocolate and history! The museum is divided, essentially, into three main areas...the museum itself, the chocolate lab, and the chocolate tasting. The museum has a number of interactive elements and is replete with historical information on Milton Hershey and the chocolate empire he created. The museum has quite a few historical artifacts, ranging from a family bible to a copper bathtub from the early factory, to the deposit Hershey made for a ticket to the Titanic (which he fortunately missed!). This is a treasure trove for history buffs. The Chocolate lab is just that...you get to see how chocolate is created, and there are a number of different chocolate items that can be created in the various classes...from a standard chocolate bar to s'mores. This is great for families with kids in that you get to sit in class and make your own creation and eat it right there, or take it with you for later. The final element is the chocolate tasting. You can purchase up to 6 different liquid chocolates from various places around the world, including Mexico, Venezuela, and Ghana. Each chocolate contains a different amount of cacao, expressed as a percentage..higher equals darker chocolate. Personally, Indonesian/Java and Venezuelan were my favorites. This brings us to pricing. The Hershey Story museum is a great experience, but, to me, is overpriced. Especially the chocolate tasting. The 6 samples (all in shot glasses) runs $10 (as of June, 2016). The museum has a separate entry price, as does the chocolate lab. Just like cable, if you bundle, it's cheaper than a la carte. If there weren't coupons avaiable, or frequent Groupon offers for the tour, I'd have to ding it at least one star. However, a simple Google search will usually yield at least several offers and coupons. Other miscellaneous stuff....the facility is very nice, with a decent if slightly overpriced gift shop. Parking is free, and the lot is right next to the building. The museum is in downtown Hershey, PA, and is very close to Hersheypark (within a 3 minute drive). All in all, I'd definitely recommend the experience, but make sure you don't pay full price for it.
  • Very interesting museum. Clean town with excellent luncheon food in the museum. Learned so much about the generous man behind Hershey's chocolate.
  • The Hershey Story Museum was very informative about the history of Milton Hershey, as well as the company and town that he built. It took us about 45 minutes to get through the main part of the museum. There was an additional display downstairs that was included in the cost of the museum. We took part in the chocolate lab as well, making out own chocolate bar and hearing a good history of chocolate as well as the basics of what it takes to make it from start (cacao tree) to finish.
  • Was lied to on the phone about the hours of this place. We showed up to do everything but was told that the only thing open was the Hershey story museum not the lab to make a chocolate bar and be able to taste the chocolate. Very rude and very unprofessional. Will never come here again. Manger was very unprofessional and tried to say that maybe her employe might have heard what I asked her.