Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg

#177 of 208 in Museums in Pennsylvania
The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum are a National Historic Site near State College PA and Penn State University telling the story of America as seen through eight generations of the Boal family and their ancestors including Columbus, Napoleon and Richard Henry Lee (signer of the Declaration of Independence). The site includes the centuries-old Columbus Chapel, inherited and imported to Boalsburg from Spain in 1909 and containing the Admiral's Desk of Christopher Columbus, fine European paintings and statues and two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus.
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  • The mansion and chapel were amazing and the history of the Boal's family goes back to pre 1700 the Boals are related to the founding fathers of this country and aristocracy of Europe, and Columbus. Th...  more »
  • You want history here is where you get it. Christopher Columbus's contents of his original chapel are all housed here. Who would have thought in the middle of Pennsylvania would be such a treasure tro...  more »
  • Such an amazing house, chapel and grounds; filled with so much history. They are finding and displaying new items all the time. My brother, who lives in the area, hadn't been there in 30 years and was...  more »
  • Amazing historical items associated with Christopher Columbus that you would never expect in rural central Pennsylvania.
  • They are very knowledgeable and friendly. Had a great afternoon.
  • My husband and I recently visited Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion. What a wonderful experience. Our guide was a never ending font of information. And how lucky is Boalsburg to have the Columbus Chapel right in our midst. A true gem that all should visit.
  • This place is a must see.
  • Get ready for some amazing history and sights. Worth two or three times the admission.
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