We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

State Museum of Pennsylvania

PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
Improve this listing
Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Harrisburg
Type: History Museums
Description: Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.
Write a Review

83 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Used to be free to enter but now I believe there is a $3 fee. Four floors filled with exhibits to see and many artifacts to read about.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Its fine for the price but don't expect much wow factor. The exhibits are mostly like twenty or more years old. They really need to freshen things up a bit. There is plenty of space in a nicely designed building but again I feel that the place has not been brought out of the 1970s. Artifacts from the civil war... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Philadelphia, PA
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This museum has enough in it to keep in interesting for the kids and the adults that bring them along! The car section alone is amazing and the animals on display are interesting. Worth a trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Wayne
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We are not from Pennsylvania, but have visited this museum twice. It is very informative with very nice displays and dioramas. Well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
philadelphia, pa
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was rather neat. Who would have guessed, had no idea it was there until someone suggested it. . Planetarium and all

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, CA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We really enjoy the natural history sections of this museum which do a good job of presenting Pennsylvania's history and environment. The mechanical exhibits and old vehicles are also consistent favorites with my kids. This time we also viewed several art exhibits. Those were frankly pretty bad all around, especially the one that was SUPPOSED TO BE about accessibility. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very nice museum. Had a nice variety of everything throughout history from the civil war period to transportation, to animals, and other artifacts. I would definitely stop here again. They also had a separate area for children's education and learning.

Was this review helpful? Yes
new york
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wow, I didnt even know this was in Harrisburg and what a surprise! It has modern art, antique cars, dinosaurs, animals, history and so much more all rolled into one package. Theres something for the kids and adults to enjoy. Absolutely worth it! There are 3 floors to explore. There are elevators, and stairs so that the museum is accesible... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Granby, Connecticut
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I visited with a friend and six of our combined children, ranging in age from 17 months to 18 years old. All of the kids had a great time, especially the four in the 7-12 range. We saw the planetarium show that is narrated by Liam Neeson and it was fabulous! It kept the childrens' interest the entire time. They... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Likes: Fascinating information about the people, geology, and former residents (dinosaurs) of Pennsylvania. Beautiful mural between the 2nd and 3rd floors. I visited on a Wednesday afternoon...and just about had the museum to myself. The "Hall of Mammals" display is a little dated, but the dioramas are fun to look at.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed State Museum of Pennsylvania also viewed


Been to State Museum of Pennsylvania? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage State Museum of Pennsylvania?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing