Monday, 15 July 2013

North Museum offers chance to see bees at work, up-close and risk-free

Staff Writer 

Eight-year-old Morgan Kreider remembers a bee stinging her foot. "It hurt," she said.

But pressing her nose recently against the window of North Museum's hive of more than 40,000 honey bees, Morgan reacted with fascination, not fear.

"Whoa!" she said. "That's more bees than I've seen in my whole life!"

Known for its planetarium, stuffed birds and mummy heads, North Museum is Lancaster's natural history gem. And now its wonders include an observation hive that even the bee-phobic can love.

A project of the Lancaster County Beekeepers Society, the outdoor hive is a stack of four boxes, one side of which is the museum's tall plate glass window in the Discovery Room.

It gives museum visitors an up-close and risk-free peek into the mysteries of bees.

In its first summer last year, the hive produced enough honey to fill 76 eight-ounce jars -- $4 a jar -- that sold out in a week, a sweet windfall for the nonprofit museum.

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