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State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state. Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964. It became a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1945.
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  • 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 Ha...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • From artifacts that depict primitive life in Pennsylvania to the demise of Indian tribes to conflicts of the Civil War, the building of our infrastructure, LGBT struggles and victories and beyond, the...  read more »
  • I used to go here a lot when I was little. It is nice to see the exhibits I remember along with new and temporary ones. An example of a temporary exhibit were the uniforms of the gold medal - winning 2012 Olympic gymnastics team, made in PA. The price is reasonable and there is much wide open space, it is never cramped or crowded. Some lettering looks 1960s but that doesn't matter, considering the budget and all, and is actually nostalgic in a way. The stuffed animals are good taxidermy, and in natural and interesting dioramas, educational about PA wildlife, not "creepy", and of course there are no live animals, it's a museum, not a zoo! There is a great space exploration section and planetarium, a prehistoric/dinosaur section, and a PA history and Native American sections. There is a space for little kids too. A great sampling in a good size space.
  • When you've been to the AMNH in NYC. Nothing can top that. This museum is Ok though. Pretty small.
  • Beautiful. The only thing I wish they had was some docents.
  • A classic childhood museum. Definitely visit if touring Harrisburg.
  • We were pleasantly surprised after a visit with our three year old. He especially enjoyed the third floor with the animal dioramas. There was ample room to run around and no crowds on a Saturday morning. The children's play space was also nice, with several things to climb on or through, and books for a quiet moment.
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