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

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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Offers an entertaining look at Keystone State

Run the PHMC; the State Museum offers windows on Keystone State ranging from the beginning of time to modern machinery. My grade school age daughters are particularly impressed by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Run the PHMC; the State Museum offers windows on Keystone State ranging from the beginning of time to modern machinery. My grade school age daughters are particularly impressed by the collection of life sized dinosaur models and fossils as well as walkthrough recreations of a Delaware Village circa 1600. The State Museum, its rounded dome structure a testimony to modernist... More 

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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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.

1 Thank Jennifer G
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10 reviews
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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.

2 Thank Shannon B
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80 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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.

2 Thank deltaraider21
Clarksville, Maryland
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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 

1 Thank jss697
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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.

2 Thank leaver11
Halifax, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 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.

2 Thank vineyard57
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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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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