VanGo! Museum on Wheels

A class joins a SAM docent for a tour onboard the VanGo.

Founded in 1992 as a response to the needs of a rural student population with limited exposure to museum-quality arts and crafts, the VanGo! Museum on Wheels has since grown into a valuable resource for the Central Pennsylvania region. The program gives students and community members an authentic art museum experience, while reinforcing existing curriculum and standards.

The current VanGo! Museum on Wheels is a 31-foot RV home equipped with an onboard museum gallery. Visits include tours onboard the bus, group assemblies, and a hands-on activity. Exhibitions rotate on an annual basis.


Current Vango Exhibition

The VanGo has been inhabited by an army of imaginary organisms. Scientists believe they have escaped from the dreams of three artists. It’s time to investigate!

Featured artists include Dana Lynn Harper, Alex McLeod, and Jackson O’Brasky.

Surreal System features artworks which blur the lines between art and science. The artists featured in the show are inspired by various aspects of biology, like life cycles and evolution. To the same degree, these artists are inspired by dreams and fantasy.

This powerful combination allows students to view works of art using the tools and vocabulary they have learned in science class, especially scientific inquiry as it is defined in the Academic Standards for Science and Technology by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The show also explores content relevant to standards in Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Visitors will also learn about one of the most important modern art movements: surrealism. Surrealism was developed in the early twentieth century by artists and writers who believed that subconscious thought processes like dreams were the key to understanding human behavior. The artwork in Surreal System contains many make-believe symbols and organisms. They may resemble things you have seen before, but with an added twist. Art experts and casual viewers alike love surrealism for this tension between reality and fantasy.

Click here to view the Surreal System Information Packet.

Surreal System: A VanGo Story

We have created a special edition VanGo animated slideshow for you to enjoy while we wait for VanGo visits to resume. Inspired by early 8-bit videogame graphics, this VanGo story contains animated versions of artworks and concepts in the the Surreal System exhibition. Click on the first thumbnail to begin and navigate with your arrow keys.

Scheduling The VAngo At YOUR SCHOOL

Visits include tours onboard the VanGo, group assemblies, and a hands-on activity. The morning assembly is approximately 25 minutes and requires a screen and projector. After the assembly, classrooms spend at least 35 minutes with the VanGo. Half of the class joins a docent onboard the VanGo while the other half completes a hands-on activity inside the school. The halves switch halfway through their session. A VanGo schedule can accommodate roughly 200 students per day.

Click here to view a VanGo Sample Schedule.

SAM’s VanGo staff member will assist you to create a schedule for your school or organization. The schedule must be completed at least 7 days in advance of your visit. At least 30 minutes must be reserved for a lunch break. We reserve the right to reject schedules which do not allow adequate time for class sessions. At least one volunteer or helper from the host school must be present to help with class movement. The school must provide a classroom space as close to the VanGo as possible for the hands-on activity.

Vango Pricing

The Susquehanna Art Museum charges host sites a fee for each visit.  Pricing for on-site visits vary depending on the visitor’s location and the duration of the visit. A travel fee will be added to all visits, which is 2.5 times the number of miles traveled from the Susquehanna Art Museum.

One day (up to 6 hours, $100 per Hour) = $600

Each additional day = $475

Travel Fee = 2.5 x #mi. from SAM



Ross Tyger
Director of the VanGo! Museum on Wheels
717-233-8668 ex. 2005