Imagine yourself in the footsteps of the very first Americans. Standing where they stood 16,000 years ago. Using ancient technology to live off the land.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prehistoric hunters and gathers. This National Historic Landmark, located in Avella, Washington County, Pa., features a massive rock overhang used 16,000 years ago for shelter by the first people in North America. The enclosure at Meadowcroft Rockshelter provides visitors with a unique, never-before-seen perspective into the oldest and deepest parts of this internationally-renowned archeological excavation.

In addition to ancient history at the Rockshelter, visitors to Meadowcroft can also step back in time to experience rural life over the past 500 years through a series of interpretive villages, including a 16th century Eastern Woodland Indian Village, an 18th century log cabin and open-sided trading post, and a 19th century village that includes a church, one-room schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop.

Bring a picnic lunch, relax, and enjoy Meadowcroft’s beautiful rural setting for the afternoon. Plan to spend at least three hours if you want to see all that Meadowcroft has to offer.

Travel back 16,000 years with Meadowcroft Director Dave Scofield to learn more about this National Historic Landmark.



Winter Hours: November – April
Closed for the season.

Spring Hours: May
Saturdays: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Summer Hours: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Wednesdays – Saturdays: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Fall Hours: Sept. & Oct.
Saturdays: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Please note that pets are not permitted in any of the museum’s public areas. For those traveling with pets, the grassy area outside of the main entrance gate may be used to exercise pets on a leash. Please be responsible for cleaning up pet waste.


  • Adults: $15
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $14
  • Retired & Active Duty Military: Receive $2 off of admission
  • Students with a valid school ID: $7
  • Children ages 6-17: $7
  • Children ages 5 and under: Free
  • History Center Members: Free


Meadowcroft is located in Avella, Washington Co., Pa.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
401 Meadowcroft Road
Avella, PA 15312

Due to a PennDOT bridge construction project, Meadowcroft Road is now closed on its eastern end in Avella, PA. We recommend following the posted “Meadowcroft Road” orange detour signs directing traffic to Rt. 50 West, to turn right onto Fallen Timber Road, then at the end of Fallen Timber Rd. turn left back onto Meadowcroft Road approximately one mile before the Meadowcroft entrance.

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For more information about planning your next visit, please contact Fran Skariot, visitor services manager, at 724-587-3412 or, or click here for a complete staff directory.