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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
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+1 717-787-4979
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant...

Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.

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Several exhibits are being update and new galleries. They have free military entrance which is a plus as well

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Pennsylvania
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Several exhibits are being update and new galleries. They have free military entrance which is a plus as well

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Thank Alyssa B
Los Angeles, CA
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134 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the State Museum of Pennsylvania a main stop on our Harrisburg visit. We had recently visited the Louisiana's state museum in Baton Rouge which gave us a frame of reference as to what state museums could be. We appreciated the tip to start at the top and make our way down the floors, and it's certainly easy enough... More 

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Thank rickpoet
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Varied collection with a little bit of something for everybody. We were lucky enough to be there when the William Penn charter was on display, which we were told was only one week a year.

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Thank Thomas V
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 and pretty well presented, although probably in need of some updating at some point-- but we did enjoy it very much as... More 

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Thank LisaJane222
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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333 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 human/industrial history of PA. Not far from broad street market, sometimes we do both while we are downtown.

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Thank Steph0722
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105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Thank Kristi K
York, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our six-year-old and eight-year-old daughter and they both had a variety of things that interested each of them in the museum. Our eight-year-old loved the old town and our six-year-old love the bugs!

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Thank JoshKleinfeld
Burke, Virginia
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Street parking- ingenious parking meters, let you know when your metered time is up. On nice days- make sure you get here before/ after lunchtime- it's a mess. This museum has an interesting mix of science and history- what our family enjoys. I like that had some interaction and at the beginning of the museum there was a place for... More 

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Thank ctp2236
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The museum has an impressive collection of Indian artifacts. Everything from simple scrappers to ornate hand carved jewelry. The skill these people had with the use of stone is hard to believe sometimes, very impressive. Well well worth the visit and most educational. A top shelf exhibit........

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Thank johnfrommilton
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Went here for a class trip with the 4th grade. The kids had a great time, were very interested & learned quite a bit. This is really a nice & educational museum on the history of Pennsylvania.

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