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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone Number: 717-787-4979
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Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or...
Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.
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A wonderful surprise!

i have been to Harrisburg many times on business, this time I was there for a family thing being held downtown. With sometime to spare we took in the State Museum, what a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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deltaraider21
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

i have been to Harrisburg many times on business, this time I was there for a family thing being held downtown. With sometime to spare we took in the State Museum, what a great surprise. So many interesting exhibits.

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Clarksville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Honestly, I enjoyed the cold war era architecture more than anything in the museum; it was built in 1964 and hasn't changed much since. The exhibits are mostly outdated, but a few are updated and many are under construction. The dinosaur one seemed popular with the kids. Note: the planetarium show is for the 8 and under crowd. Anyone older... More 

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PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Look for a coupon in the folders rack by the entry and save yourself some money. They won't tell you about that. Didn't care for the evolution garbage.

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Halifax, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised with our recent visit to the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA. The children's play area was amazing! We started on the third floor and made our way down to the first floor. The displays were absolutely wonderful. I can't image living in the area and not visiting this wonderful place. The staff was so kind and... More 

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West Chester PA
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Visiting the State Museum gave insight into the creativity and ingenuity of some of its residents. Every state should have so many fine sons and daughters! Because it can be explored at an individual pace, this is a good place for homeschoolers to expand their "History of PA" experience. The museum has something for toddlers through seniors.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

The state museum is a fantastic family destination in harrisburg. The Curiosity Corner makes a home base for younger kinds to explore and play for hours while older members of the group can take turns seeing the museum. Several exhibits are just breathtaking, the dinosaurs and much of what is native to PA is contained here.

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sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Went with my Granddaughter so it was quick. The exhibits were interesting and a gave you a clear look at the Pa. past

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 492 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Does every state have a state museum? If so I challenge any state museum to prove they are better the Pennsylvania state museum. I was SO impressed by this museum, I can't imagine any other state doing it better. First off when I came in the lady at the front desk was friendly and welcoming. She suggested I show my... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Whether your young or old this museum will keep you entertained! Great for schools, couples on a date, or just the family.

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Rotating exhibits on the first floor are always of interest. The huge statue of William Penn on the second floor is a tribute to the man who made "Penn's Woods" the sylvan beauty that it is. The geological exhibit on the 3rd floor and the planetarium on the top floor both offer interesting opportunities for all ages.

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