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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Enjoyable afternoon

We visited with friends and our son. Neat place with some great exhibits. My 7 year old really like the dinosaurs! There was a massive American section that was real nice as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tony L
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Denver, Pennsylvania
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Tucson, Arizona
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48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The State Museum of Pennsylvania is a gem in downtown Harrisburg. An interesting in-the-round four-floor panorama of Pennsylvania's history, geology, ecology, and contributions to the growth of the state and the United States. Exhibits are enlightening, well crafted, representative of all facets of Pennsylvania, and include audio and visual representations. Also, newer exhibits are displayed. Great gift shop.

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Thank monsoon7
Denver, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with friends and our son. Neat place with some great exhibits. My 7 year old really like the dinosaurs! There was a massive American section that was real nice as well.... Not the same as going to Philadelphia or Washington DC, but for a small museum it was very enjoyable afternoon. Little bit long for the younger kids... More 

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Thank Tony L
Tionesta, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids will love this museum, plenty to see and do. Turnpike and Aviation Very well put together. Items made in Pa very interesting. Nice animal exhibits.

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Thank vjames1
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We're new Pennsylvania residents, so this was a great overview of the state from geology to history to nature.

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Thank JohnnJack
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46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We were at the Pennsylvania State Museum several years back and wanted to visit again, As we really didn't have much to do and do not like to just lay about fro days on end. We revisited, Totally worth the 1.5 hour one way trip combine this with a nice restaurant and it was a fulfilling day. Not only paintings... More 

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Thank Brian M
Pueblo, Colorado
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78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

This is a good place to stop in downtown Harrisburg when the weather outside is not terrific. The entire exhibit area is inside and offers a look at PA history from early years to modern machinery. There are several murals which are really well done and are deserving of museum care. This is clearly not the place for someone looking... More 

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Thank Bill B
Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Nothing great. Went with older friend and no plans to return with my 8 year old son. Museum is very dated and has tons of space they don't use. Here is my biggest disappointment. I expected more information about Pennsylvania's role in the founding off the country and more about its cities and citizens. Read the website and the exhibits... More 

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Thank K8452XBmattheww
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160 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is a nice stop for families with children. We have been here solo on a weekend and on some school trips. It has a little bit for everyone and no one has ever been bored or in a rush to leave.

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1 Thank Jennifer G
Morgantown
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I was rather bored at this museum. It was outdated and the life-like people - like the Indians - looked terrible and not even like people. It wasn't worth the money. The planetarium was the only nice part of the visit.

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deltaraider21
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94 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

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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