To be honest, I was skeptical. I loved the charm and the history of the Hershey Museum, and I wasn't happy about the contribution of my tax dollars to build the new place.
I'm happy to report that my skepticism was misplaced. The Hershey Story offered one pleasant surprise after another.
The interiors match the impressive exterior. The architecture is nothing short of stunning. The displays are informative and beautifully sequenced. The lighting is perfect. And best of all, The Hershey Story focuses on people: the story of Milton Hershey from boyhood to chocolate mogul; the importance of community; the legacy of Mr. Hershey and the immigrants who helped him build his factory and the town around it.
Better yet, the focus on people doesn't stop with the displays. From the moment we walked through the entry doors, we were welcomed and guided by friendly people. Staff and volunteers alike took the time to smile and say hello, and then offer their help. They were happy to talk about their own experiences in Hershey, and this added immeasurably to the experience.
After two hours spent wandering through the exhibits and enjoying a dessert at Café Zooka, I had only one nit-picky complaint: they're using non-dairy based topping on those beautiful cakes?!? The Hershey's Chocolate Coffeeholic Cream Cake shown above would have been a masterpiece had the oily topping been replaced with authentic whipped cream.
Save that minor (and easily corrected!) detail, I can recommend The Hershey Story without reservation. So much so that we'll be returning this weekend to buy our family membership so we can take our kids as often as possible!