Lancaster is home to one of Pennsylvania's most vibrant artist communities. Artists from far and wide visit Lancaster to learn at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design or display their works within the city's many galleries, cultivating a rich culture that also produces many talented local creators.
Lancaster's art galleries — many of which are free to enter — present one of the best ways to get to know the city and its people. You can visit them all when you stay at the Warehouse Hotel just outside the city. Here's our list of seven free art galleries in Lancaster, PA, that you should check out.
Liz Hess Gallery
Liz Hess features her original paintings that provide a window into her unique perception of life in Lancaster and many of its most prominent locations. Because she's constantly at work, you'll find something new each time you visit Liz Hess Gallery, so stop in any time you're in town.
Red Raven Art Company
At Red Raven Art Company, visitors will find monthly exhibitions that showcase as many as 15 artists, two of whom are the month's featured artists. Entry is free, but artists receive full compensation for any sales at Red Raven, meaning this gallery is a great place to support the local artistic community.
A Gallery Row favorite, Artisans Gallery hosts work from a rotating cast of regional and international artists. You'll enjoy world-class visual art while embracing the city's storied past within a refurbished turn-of-the-century building.
The paintings, jewelry, photographs and other works you'll find at CityFolk Gallery encapsulate the vast farmland and unique rural communities that initially draw tourists to Lancaster. Check them out along the first block of Prince Street.
Christiane David Gallery
Belgium-born artist Christiane David displays her work in her own nook within Gallery Row. Christiane's discerning eye for color leads her to create paintings that leave a lasting impression on the viewer by communicating visceral feelings.
Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery
One of the most talented and eclectic artists to come from Lancaster, Freiman Stoltzfus honed his skills as a painter in New York, Italy and France before returning home to establish this gallery. Stop in to see Stoltzfus' collection of colorful works.
If you're most interested in expressive modern art, check out the colorful pieces at Mio Studio on Gallery Row. Artists Mai Orama Muñiz and Erica Millner fill Mio Studio with various mixed media, from glasswork to jewelry and prints.