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State Museum of Pennsylvania

PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
717-787-4979
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Ranked #7 of 25 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.
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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see in Harrisburg, including what is possibly the most recognizable Capitol Building in the country. More on that in another review. The Museum, walking distance from the Capitol Building, is a great place with interactive exhibits and several floors crammed (tastefully) with "historia" of Pa: from life-sized models of the dinosaurs who once lived here... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We liked this museum a lot. Our daughter was doing a paper on William Penn and the museum contained a plethora of information and artifacts to assist in this regards. There are three floors full of other artifacts well displayed and a nice moderately priced cafe to break up the day.

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Frederick
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490 reviews 490 reviews
246 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We came here to visit the planetarium which is on the third floor of the building, to see a special presentation "To The Moon And Back" which was well worth the additional $3 to see. The admission to the musesm is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors. Parking outside the building is $3 per hour on prepaid meters but you... More

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Rochester Ny Area
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333 reviews 333 reviews
181 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

a fairly new building; nice displays on three floors; elevator as well as escalators available; or stairs...start at the 3rd floor and work your way down;..currently there are two Civil War related exhibits; they are very good. some old time like dioramas with Native American displays; are BORING...some with exhibits of animals and birds seem very outdated and dark...really dark... More

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Middletown
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Everything you want to know about Pennsylvania and more; William Penn, Native Americans, animals. Don't miss the planetarium!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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136 reviews 136 reviews
65 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I've been to Harrisburg many times and didn't even know this place was here. Looking for something different to do, we thought we would try this museum as a "filler" in between activities. NOTE TO EVERYONE READING THIS - This is NOT a filler - this IS an activity. Reading some of the reviews here, I thought this was a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Areas dealing with natural history, transportation, dinosaurs, animals, rocks nd minerals, civil war history. Planetarium.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 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.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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

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Philadelphia, PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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.

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