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The Hershey Story, Hershey

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Learn the legacy of Milton Hershey and his chocolate confections at The Hershey Story 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. To find out how to plan a trip to Hershey, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Fascinating history of the business, town and the man; all in one spot. Meals at the cafe were great too.  more »
  • What a terrific museum. When finished, you will know Hershey's life story: struggles, successes, failures and heart break.  more »
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  • I loooove Hershey! In winter time, Hershey is one of my most favorite places to go to! With less crowds (park is closed) I find myself doing so much more at the Hershey Story which is a great interactive activity for everyone in the home. We started out with the history of Hershey through a guided tour on the team. Went to have chocolate tastings from chocolate that came from different parts of the world and were in shot glasses! My daughter loved that! Then we had a pretty good lunch at the cafe before we ended up in the chocolate making factory where we made our own chocolate bars. The instructors there were great! Not only did we learn a lot we had fun in the process!
  • Let me start by saying that this was a fun museum. There is more packed in here than you might expect. Besides just the museum, they have a area where you can learn to make your own chocolates (this activity is not included with museum admission) which I did not have time to do, they have a cafe, and they have a hot chocolate tasting. I did the hot chocolate tasting which had 6 different blend from around the world, and i must say it was not only goo, but fun and interesting as well. It's a bit on the expensive side for what it is, but when on vacation.... If you have $10 to spare, I would recommend this. The museum itself tells the story of Milton Hershey, and eventually morphs into a history of the town itself. The middle section with all of the ads and marketing was really interesting as was the giant timeline on the wall. Several parts of this museum were interactive (Mostly with touch screens) and you could easily spend 3 hours here if you wanted to read every last thing. if you are going to Hershey, this should be at or near the top of your list of things to do.
  • An interesting museum that walks the visitor through Mr. Hershey's rise to fame. There are hands on activities for children to enjoy. The exhibits upstairs also walk through the history of candies that joined the Hershey brand as well as Mr. Hershey's legacy with places like the Hershey school. The chocolate flights at the cafe a yummy and a fun walk through different types of chocolate. A nice place to visit.
  • Definitely worth the visit. The Hershey story is one of hard work consistently applied leading to financial success. But Milton Hershey's story is so much more than that; It's not how much money you make, but what you do with the money you make that makes a difference. Nearly 73 years after his death, Milton S. Hershey is still making a difference today. The Hershey Story museum tells that story in a way that is both interactive and entertaining.
  • The museum wasn't bad, but I would suggest it more for older children and adults only. For those ages, I think it would be great. I had my 3 and 7 year old with me. Before purchasing tickets, I asked if the activities were age appropriate for my children, and was told yes. My 7 year old tried to keep up with the scavenger hunt (museum), but got bored because it was a bit above his understanding; there was a lot of reading involved with zero hands-on activities. I paid $70 for the museum and the chocolate lab experience, and it was far beyond their ability levels. When going back to the front desk to see if I could get reimbursed just for the chocolate lab portion, since we already participated in the museum portion and wouldn't participate in the lab, I was told no refunds. I was a bit frustrated, because I was told it would be entertaining enough for my children but I could tell it was not an age appropriate activity for my kiddos (adults were sitting and listening to someone talk and only participating in chocolate making a little bit... was told it was 45 min long presentation). As an early childhood educator, I would only recommend these activities for children 10 and up. If it hadn't been for my experience/frustration with customer service, and the cost I paid to not get much out of an experience that was meant specifically for my children, I would have recommended the location to others with older children without hesitation. This place has potential to be very entertaining for families with children, 3rd/4th grade and up.

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