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Whitaker Center

222 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2113
+1 717-217-2787
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Nice Science museum

We always visit science museums - this was a smaller one compared to Philadelphia's Franklin... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
AlixSlade
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Gone downhill!

We've brought our grandkids here a number of times before. Wow! This place has gone downhill. Some... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amos S
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Landisville, Pennsylvania
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  • Excellent53%
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“science center” (39 reviews)
“imax theater” (15 reviews)
“parking garage” (17 reviews)
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222 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2113
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+1 717-217-2787
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We always visit science museums - this was a smaller one compared to Philadelphia's Franklin Institute or Baltimore's MD science center but still very nice with great exhibits for kids young and old. And this is the first music and video hands on exhibits i...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've brought our grandkids here a number of times before. Wow! This place has gone downhill. Some of the exhibits did not work; some of the floors were hardly worth being in; there is really not much there anymore. Sorry to see!More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad our science center is specifically hands-on and interactive, but that does mean our exhibits undergo a lot of wear and tear. We do our...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

I have been to the Whitaker Center in center city Harrisburg twice within the past year. The first visit was ok and my kids had fun (under 6). However, on our second visit in April of 2018, over 50% of the exhibits were not working....More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review. Because our science center is specifically hands-on and interactive, our exhibits undergo a lot of wear and tear. We do our best to fix issues as soon...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Recapturing any city’s vitality has long been a challenge for many small and mid sized cities since the 70’s. Complacency and naysayers are abundant in such a transformation. Many will disagree as to what “the spark” was that grew Harrisburg. Finding that spark is critical...More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a such a thoughtful review! We truly appreciate your attention to the intricate details of not only our beautiful center, but also it's community-minded role in the city. We are so excited to see...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

The performing art center is modern, well light, and has comfortable seats. I sat on the second level on the sides and was able to see the majority of the stage. The staff are friendly and helpful.More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad you enjoyed Sunoco Performance Theater. An extra tidbit of cool info: not a single seat in our theater is more than 65...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

There's a lot to do here for kids. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone if they didn't have young kids. There's an IMAX theater and science center.More

1  Thank Rachel L
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Deb W, Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thank you for visiting Whitaker Center and for leaving us a review! In addition to Select Medical Digital Cinema and Harsco Science Center, we also feature a number of performances in our beautiful Sunoco Performance Theater: comedy, classical music, rock bands, hip-hop, Theater Harrisburg, Central...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Basically, I think it's nice but very over priced. Use a Groupon and park at City Island to avoid $14/15 for parking at the garage. I've been several times and each time a large percentage of exhibits are not working. Frustrating, given the cost. Some...More

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Deb W, Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! Because of the hands-on nature of our science center, our exhibits experience quite a bit of wear and tear. While we always strive to get...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Really nit much of anything here for adults. If you have kids from around 6-13, they could have a lot of fun. Very interactive stuff.More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Thanks so much for visiting Whitaker Center and taking the time to leave a review! We encourage you to try out the same exhibits the kids have a lot of fun with - it's interactive learning fun for everyone! We hope to see you again...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Parking can be a bit of a chore, but once inside there is plenty to keep kids and adults engaged. From learning about weight distribution and earthquakes to animating your own stop-motion video, there's really something for everyone. The toddler area is cute with a...More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and Harsco Science Center! We couldn't agree more - there is so much to do for the whole family. If you're a frequent visitor, we highly recommend becoming a member; you'll get lots of great benefits like...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

A little something for everyone. 3D movies for entertainment for the kids to amazing historic movies. The science area for kids of all ages is incredible. Live shows of all types of genre. Plays. .music whatever you can imagine is there.More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review. We couldn't agree more that our Science Center and Select Medical Digital Cinema are great for folks of all ages, and that our live shows...More

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saramay
25 March 2018|
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Response from Dan A | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe there is any specific lot. There is on street parking that is limited and you have to pay for that unless you go Sunday or after 5. There are also multiple parking garages in the area you can utilize. I know... More
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Saresa S
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Response from Elisha B | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend it for slightly older kids. There are things to do and if they are tagging along for siblings' sake, yes. But it's not worth it just for them. Wait until after at least 2, then they'll start fitting in... More
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Response from Priscilla K | Reviewed this property |
I took my 10-year old to the Science Center, and she really enjoyed it. So did I, and I am a middle school and high school science teacher. The center has displays and interactive areas that will appeal to the younger crowd... More
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