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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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Great museum. Huge variety of all the history that has been and continues to affect and change Pennsylvania. Great exhibits and love the way of seeing it all in circular pattern... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James C
Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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424 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum. Huge variety of all the history that has been and continues to affect and change Pennsylvania. Great exhibits and love the way of seeing it all in circular pattern layout.

Thank James C
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a Friday afternoon, cut a little short by closing time at 5, my sister-in-law and I soaked up PA and regional American history and even failed (mea culpa) to get us all the way to the top level, the recommended starting point. Admission is very reasonable -- $6 for 50+ like us, and group discounts very likely are offered... More 

Thank Robert D
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute museum and reasonably priced. Needs some updates and better plaques. Seems like they are in the process of doing this.

Thank cate0072015
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Several exhibits are being update and new galleries. They have free military entrance which is a plus as well

Thank Alyssa B
Los Angeles, CA
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We made the State Museum of Pennsylvania a main stop on our Harrisburg visit. We had recently visited the Louisiana's state museum in Baton Rouge which gave us a frame of reference as to what state museums could be. We appreciated the tip to start at the top and make our way down the floors, and it's certainly easy enough... More 

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Varied collection with a little bit of something for everybody. We were lucky enough to be there when the William Penn charter was on display, which we were told was only one week a year.

Thank Thomas V
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

My husband and I popped in for a couple of hours recently. We hadn't been here for years. Much of it was very similar to what we had remembered from a couple decades ago. The displays are interesting and pretty well presented, although probably in need of some updating at some point-- but we did enjoy it very much as... More 

Thank LisaJane222
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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335 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We love taking our 2 year old to the children's area of this museum and she can't get enough. She even enjoys the adult area when we take her upstairs. There are exhibits on the natural history and human/industrial history of PA. Not far from broad street market, sometimes we do both while we are downtown.

Thank Steph0722
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Took our home school group and everyone enjoyed it. The exhibits are well done and there is a great variety. The planetarium show was nice too. Price was not bad considering how nice it was.

Thank Kristi K
York, PA
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We brought our six-year-old and eight-year-old daughter and they both had a variety of things that interested each of them in the museum. Our eight-year-old loved the old town and our six-year-old love the bugs!

Thank JoshKleinfeld

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