Touring Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium

An elephant-themed water garden in front of Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.

Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium just may be the best elephant-themed roadside attraction in Pennsylvania!

Elephants and candy everywhere you look at MIster Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.
Elephants and candy everywhere you look at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg.

Located just outside of Gettysburg, Mister Ed’s features a dizzying array of elephant figurines, circus souvenirs, toys, statues, gardens, and artwork as well as over a thousand kinds of candy!

One of the many elephant statues around the gardens at MIster Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium east of Chambersburg.
One of the many elephant statues around the gardens at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg.

How to Find Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium

Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium is located at 6019 Chambersburg Rd, Orrtanna, PA 17353.

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum sign along Route 30 just west of Gettysburg.
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum sign along Route 30 just west of Gettysburg.

In other words, right along Route 30, approximately 12 miles west of downtown Gettysburg.

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum parking lot.
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum parking lot.

Even if you’re terrible with directions, it’s virtually impossible to miss the large, colorful elephant right along the highway in front of Mister Ed’s!

A colorful elephant statue along Route 30 near Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium in Adams County.
A colorful elephant statue along Route 30 near Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium in Adams County.

Exploring the Exterior of Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum

The grounds surrounding Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium are a collection of whimsically-decorated gardens incorporating elephants as the central theme (of course!).

One of the elephant gardens at MIster Ed's Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.
One of the elephant gardens at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.

The water garden featuring a mother and baby elephant with water shooting out of their trunks caught my eye in particular, but all the gardens are a treat to walk through.

An elephant-themed water garden outside Mister Ed's Elephant Museum along Route 30 near Gettysburg.
An elephant-themed water garden outside Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum along Route 30 near Gettysburg.

Even an old delivery truck becomes a unique piece of artwork in the gardens at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum.

A colorful box truck in one of the gardens outside Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg.
A colorful box truck in one of the gardens outside Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg.

And while Bedford may be home to Pennsylvania’s largest roadside coffee pot, this teapot-shaped garden shed at Mister Ed’s is impressive in its own right, and fittingly it also houses a collection of teapots.

A tea kettle-themed she-shed at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium along the Lincoln Highway.
A teapot-shaped shed houses a small teapot museum at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium along the Lincoln Highway.

Step Inside Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium

Front entrance to Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg, PA.
Front entrance to Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg, PA.

A quick glance around the inside of Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium is enough to cause massive sensory overload and a sugar rush!

Elephants and candy inside the front entrance to Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.
Elephants and candy inside the front entrance to Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.

Everywhere you look, on the walls, ceilings, shelves, and countertops, you’ll see elephants and candy of every possible description.

Part of the gift shop at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium in Adams County, PA.
Part of the gift shop at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium in Adams County, PA.

More than 12,000 elephant-related mementos are on display, a feast for the eyes and an inspiration to those of us (myself included) who walk the fine line between collectors and hoarders!

Glass display cases filled with miniature elephants at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium along Route 30 in Adams County.
Glass display cases filled with miniature elephants at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium along Route 30 in Adams County.

If it existed in the 20th century and it had an elephant emblazoned on it, you’ll most likely find it at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum.

A small portion of the elephant paraphernalia on display inside the Elephant Museum portion of Mister Ed's.
A small portion of the elephant paraphernalia on display inside the Elephant Museum portion of Mister Ed’s.

There are even “Pachyderm Points” displayed around the museum, imparting knowledge about real elephants on inquisitive visitors.

Many facts about elephants are displayed throughout Mister Ed's Elephant Museum.
Many facts about elephants are displayed throughout Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum.

If you’re a hardcore fan of elephants or vintage toys, you’d best budget an hour or two just to explore the museum portion of Mister Ed’s!

Elephant stuffed animals, toys, mineratures, and posters are just some of the items displayed at Mister Ed's Elephant Emporium near Gettysburg.
Elephant stuffed animals, toys, mineratures, and posters are just some of the items displayed at Mister Ed’s Elephant Emporium near Gettysburg.

The Candy Emporium at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum

In case you missed the sign when you walked in the door, Mister Ed’s is also famous for homemade fudge!

A sign advertising the delicious fudge made at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium along the Lincoln Highway near Gettysburg.
A sign advertising the delicious homemade fudge at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium along the Lincoln Highway near Gettysburg.

Featuring more than 70 flavors of fudge, I’ve yet to try one that WASN’T delicious.

A sampler of the homemade fudge from Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg.
A sampler of the homemade fudge from Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg.

If fudge isn’t your thing, there are literally more than 1,000 different candy options, including an entire room full of PEZ candies and dispensers!

A room full of PEZ candies at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.
A room full of PEZ candies at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.

Planning Your Visit to Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum

Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium is open everyday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the age of COVID, it’s probably prudent to call ahead and confirm those hours – the phone number there is (717) 352-3792.

Elephant fountains at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum near Gettysburg
Elephant fountains at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.

There is no charge to walk the gardens or to tour the museum.

Some of the eclectic artwork at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.
Some of the eclectic artwork at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.

If you’ve got elephants on the brain, a hardcore sweet tooth, or just love quirky roadside attractions, Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium near Gettysburg checks all the right boxes!

Elephants on the brain at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.
Elephants on the brain at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum near Gettysburg.

Nearby Attractions

While you may have never heard of Mister Ed’s until now, you’ve doubtless heard of Gettysburg, and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg is some of the most hallowed ground in all of Pennsylvania.

Looking out across the National Cemetery in Gettysburg towards the Soldiers' National Monument.
Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA.

At a ceremony dedicating the newly-created cemetery on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered what is considered to be one of the most iconic speeches in American history, what later became known as the “Gettysburg Address”.

Historical marker near the site of the Gettysburg Address.

Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg was crossed by both Union AND Confederate troops during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Southwestern end of Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg.
Southwestern end of Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg.

Because of that, the State designated this “Pennsylvania’s most historic covered bridge” in 1938.

Side view of Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg PA
Side view of Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg.

Located less than a half-hour north of Mister Ed’s you’ll find the ruins of a secret POW camp, used to house and interrogate German and Japanese prisoners during WWII.

Ruins of the secret POW interrogation camp in the MIchaux State Forest.
Ruins of the secret POW interrogation camp in the Michaux State Forest.

Located in the present-day Michaux State Forest, this is a spot any military history buff will find intriguing, to say the least.

Pine Grove Furnace POW Camp historical marker in Cumberland County.
Pine Grove Furnace POW Camp historical marker in Cumberland County.

And PA candy lovers take note – Gene and Boots Candies is a third generation family-owned candy business with 4 locations around western PA.

Gene and Boots Candies along Route 22 near Greensburg, PA.
Gene and Boots Candies along Route 22.

Gene and Boots specializes in homemade chocolates, and also offers 20 different varieties of their own homemade hard ice-cream.

Candy and plush toys at Gene and Boots candy store in Westmoreland County.
Candy and plush toys at Gene and Boots candy store.

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