The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Group Tours

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) welcomes visits from groups of all types.  We cater the tour to your group, whether it be small or large, students or seniors, or other.  Tours may include the following sites:

  • Visitor Center - includes exhibits about the steelmaking process, the products made with steel, and the history of both Lukens and the America’s steel industry.
  • Lukens Executive Office Building (1902, 1916) – once housed the offices of company executives, administration, and finance departments.  Today, the LEOB includes exhibits about the steelmaking process, the products made with steel, and the history of America’s steel industry.
  • Terracina (1850) – ironmaster’s home (Dr. Charles and Isabella Huston).
  • Graystone Mansion (1889) – ironmaster’s home (Abram Francis Huston) and the former Coatesville City Hall.
  • Brandywine Mansion (1739, 1788) – home of Rebecca Lukens, America’s first female industrialist.  No indoor entrance.  Weather permitting only.
  • 120" Mill Motor House – (1942) provided power to run the 120" Rolling Mill. Currently home to the GUPPY. The two person deep-sea submersible was built by Sun Shipbuilding in 1970 using two Lukens heads as its pressure hull. Also on display are two historic fire engines and one historic ambulance once owned by Lukens Steel Company. Also on display is a collection of equipment used in steel research and metallurgy labs.
  • Steelworkers' Memorial – honors those that lost their lives due to injuries at the Coatesville steel site.  Its centerpiece is a World Trade Center steel trident, which once supported the North Twin Tower.
  • Sonarsphere – a 27-ton steel product once used in submarines.
  • Narrow-Gauge locomotive – a 1900s transport system that moved scrap and product throughout the Lukens Steel Company plant.

Tours can be tailored to your group’s specific needs, interest, and size.

NISHM accepts groups of up to 150 people.  The group size will determine how the tour operates, either as a fully guided tour or an open house style visit.  Groups up to 35 people are eligible for fully guided tours.  Groups of 35 or more people will receive an open house style visit.

Please provide at least two weeks’ notice when scheduling your tour.  For groups of 35 or more, please provide a month’s notice when scheduling.

Because some of the tour requires walking outdoors, please be prepared for inclement (wet, cold, etc.) weather.  NISHM does not provide umbrellas.

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Museum Exhibit Hours
Museum General Admission: Monday Through Saturday — 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admissions at 10 am, 12:30 pm, & 2:30 pm

Terracina & Graystone Mansion Add-on Excursions Available 

Grounds Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset