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The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

(4.3/5 based on 180+ 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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  • My husband and I popped in for a couple of hours recently. We hadn't been here for years. Much of it was very similar to what we had remembered from a couple decades ago. The displays are interesting ...  more »
  • We love taking our 2 year old to the children's area of this museum and she can't get enough. She even enjoys the adult area when we take her upstairs. There are exhibits on the natural history and hu...  more »
  • Took our home school group and everyone enjoyed it. The exhibits are well done and there is a great variety. The planetarium show was nice too. Price was not bad considering how nice it was.  more »
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  • The children's area was fantastic for young imaginations. I loved the little "hillside" where the kids picked carrots and cabbages right out of the ground. The winter theme was also super cute! The kids built a snowman from bean bags and "skated" on the "frozen" pond in the "forest" while staying warm and toasty. It was an adorable place to play. Afterwards we finished our excursion with a nice cup of hot cocoa from Capital Joe's around the corner. It was a delightful day.
  • This is a nice museum nestled near the capitol building. Not crowded and they have some very informative displays. Located near many restaurants and shopping areas. Only 3 blocks from the riverfront.
  • A hidden treasure in Harrisburg. We went on a Friday , it was not crowded. There is something for everyone Nice variety of displays, clean and not expensive and an added bonus of a planetarium show. Perfect way to spend a cold winter day.
  • A spacious building filled with artifacts, antiques, PA stuffed wildlife, and art. There is a lot of room to move around in and will keep kids attention.
  • I participated in a National Geographic Bee competition here, which has great facilities to accomplish a competition of that scale, the museum itself is also extremely thorough in explaining the history of the Keystone State.