Indian Steps Museum is the oldest Native American Museum in the country dedicated to preserving the rich culture and tradition of indigenous peoples. There are over 10,000 Indian artifacts embedded into the walls of both the interior and exterior of the museum, most were found on the property or along the Susquehanna River.
John Edward Vandersloot, who was a wealthy lawyer from York County, PA needed a place to house his extensive artifact collection. He had local artisans build this unique structure in the arts and crafts style and was completed in 1912. Today, the museum’s exhibits trace native inhabitants of 10,000 years ago, documents the Captain John Smith encounters with the Susquehannock Indians and tells the story of present day Native Americans living in Pennsylvania, who are the descendants of a once mighty nation.
Visit our website calendar at www.indiansteps.org for programs and special events. Visit the Kiva Room, a stone ceremonial room where you will be introduced to the history and mysteries of Indian Steps Museum. A self-guided tour of the museum and wooded hiking trails leading to a beautiful waterfall offer our guests a unique experience.