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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Well worth the time and entrance fee

Four floors of every kind of history from dinosaurs to present day. Everything is clean, well lit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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wonderful museum

My favorite part was the dioramas of wildlife. They were beautifully done and looked so realistic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cheryl h
Durham, North Carolina
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Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.
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300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
+1 717-787-4980
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All reviews william penn third floor natural history three floors native americans civil war on display all ages right next door two hours interesting exhibits take your time nice gift shop couple of hours planetarium dinosaurs pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four floors of every kind of history from dinosaurs to present day. Everything is clean, well lit, labeled (with not so much text that those of us who like to read everything will hold up others!) Lots of fun and interesting facts in the PA...More

Thank Helen711
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite part was the dioramas of wildlife. They were beautifully done and looked so realistic. The people at the front desk were friendly and helpful. Inside the museum you will see dinosaurs, a planetarium, civil war displays, antique cars and plains, an art museum,...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 30 August 2018

My kids (7 and 10) had a great time. We spent two hours. They were disappointed that we didn't have more time to spend. Be aware - the gift shop closes before the museum closes.

Thank Amber W
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Fridays in summer, pay what you will. Seniors only 6 dollars anytime. Thematic exhibits on PA history, industry, ecology, and war experiences. The Conestoga wagon, rifles, Civil War memorabilia, and display on PA Turnpikes and railways were great for history enthusiasts. Kids will like the...More

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 15 August 2018

I and my family have always loved this museum. Spent lots of time there with my children when they were young. I now live out of state and I have not visited for maybe 15 years. It seemed darker, more dingy. Not sure how may...More

1  Thank Wives-would-not-go
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I have been there for everything. They have kid events and adults one as well. You will love the place. They have a good food court as well. I have been there for fancy affairs and for work.

Thank Jean G
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We are full time RV travelers and really enjoy visiting all the state Capitols. Since the state museum is across the street from the Pennsylvania State Capitol, it was a natural fit to come back a day later and find out more about this wonderful...More

Thank David F
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

The museum has 3 floors to tour which also includes a Planetarium. -First floor is great for visitors to PA as it provides a lot of interesting facts on PA treasures (who knew the slinky was invented in PA)! It also has a section with...More

Thank Alex M
Reviewed 13 July 2018

I visit this museum annually, in the summertime when the juried art show "Art of the State" is showing. This outstanding art show features art in every medium, created by artists from all over Pennsylvania. The Museum is an interesting place and I look forward...More

Thank SongBird212
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The State Museum has a planetarium, science, history and often art all under the same roof. And if you have children under 6, they also have a creative play space for them. There is a LOT to see, but there are great restaurants nearby and...More

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pat g
12 August 2016|
Response from Thomas K | Reviewed this property |
Adults - $7.00 Senior Citizens (65 & older) - $6.00 Children ages 1-11 - $5.00 Active duty military and their immediate family (with ID) - free Retired military personnel only (with ID) - free State Museum Affiliate Members... More
David B
17 July 2016|
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There are no scooter rentals but there are Wheel Chairs available to use. Only need to swap out your license.
28 June 2015|
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Response from CatStone | Reviewed this property |
I was just there this weekend and it is now $7 for adults, which is a minimal fee given all the incredible exhibits.