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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
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+1 717-787-4979
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant...

Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.

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Unravelling Pennsylvania History

I enjoy museums and this one is no different. I think the variety here is fantastic and helps one understand the uniqueness of Pennsylvania. Visit and decide for yourself.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
Central PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with my 5 year old and hung out in the creativity connection area for about half an hour but it was pretty small, so he was ready to move on after that. We went through all 3 other floors of the museum in about half an hour as well. He was quite perplexed by the taxidermy and I... More 

Thank Rebecca S
Central PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I enjoy museums and this one is no different. I think the variety here is fantastic and helps one understand the uniqueness of Pennsylvania. Visit and decide for yourself.

Thank Flick8675309
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable time and learned a lot about Pennsylvania history. Harrisburg is a beautiful city.

Thank Jennifer H
Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a good museum. There's displays of old stuff, like refrigerators from the 1940's, - stuff from not that long ago, maybe 40 years ago, now forgotten - yet, now remembered, at this museum. It doesn't have all those placards to read like most museums - it has things to look at! This is a museum well worth spending... More 

Thank william723
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The museum put together a fantastic event for kids with the costume theme. Their advertising efforts paid off with participation but totally overwhelmed what they could really handle. They had special visitors (reptiles) the kids could see and touch. They also had a nice storytelling station and one of the highlights was the story in the planetarium. The exhibits are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I have never heard of this museum, so I did not expect a lot. I was impressed by the variety of artifacts on display. I especially liked seeing an actual stage coach and other modes of transportation from the same time period. I had often read books with descriptions of them, There is something for everyone here.

Thank JermnyPA
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Just because you've been there before doesn't mean you've seen it all. Displays are changed as well as themes. An enjoyable time can be had for all ages. There are hands on displays for young children and staff available to answer questions.

Thank Anonymouswriter1968
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I would go to this museum as a kid with my grandparents. The still life animals cases are very cool to see. The mastodon bones were found near my family cabin...worth seeing. There is even a planetarium upstairs. It could use a renovation though.

Thank Mike S
Endicott, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

After a fabulous night at Hershey Park on Friday, we were looking for a way to spend a nice, Fall Saturday afternoon. I discovered the State Museum of PA when I did a search for things to do in the Harrisburg area. I will be honest, I was not expecting much. However, this museum has it all. Three floors of... More 

Thank Tracy A
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to the Museum 3 years in a row for their homeschool day. My kids absolutely love the Museum and ask to go every year. We like being able to see all the various animals and trees found in Pennsylvania. Also, being able to learn history of the state is fascinating too - dinosaurs found here, history of... More 

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