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State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

(4.2/5 based on 170+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • really interesting either with adults or kids. So much to see and enjoy. Can look at leisurely pace or with kids who want to run to see everything yet they stop to ooh & awaa at the different displays...  more »
  • Had a great time at this museum on a cold Saturday. It is priced reasonably and a lot bigger than we expected. Great kids area for when the little ones lose interest. Parking is the only downfall. $9 ...  more »
  • We visited with my 5 year old and hung out in the creativity connection area for about half an hour but it was pretty small, so he was ready to move on after that. We went through all 3 other floors o...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A classic childhood museum. Definitely visit if touring Harrisburg.
  • 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.
  • Museum is fascinating.