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State Museum of Pennsylvania

Address: PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone Number: 717-787-4979
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Harrisburg
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the museum during farm show week and really enjoyed it. The exhibits are fantastic and it's a great day out with the kids.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This museum is a total gem. It does an amazing job showcasing the important role Pennsylvania has played in American history, and it also captures the sequence of exciting innovations and discoveries in the state in such an artistic layout. You will not believe some of the items you find in the museum, and Mammal Hall is truly a place... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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196 reviews 196 reviews
110 attraction reviews
365 helpful votes 365 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Yesterday, my daughter, her friend and I visited it for the first time in a number of years. We were surprised that they now charge (it was always free prior) and that they remodeled many of the exhibits. The price is still a deal for this little gem of a place ($7/adult and $3 for the planetarium. Military and AAA... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The State Museum was a great, cheap way to spend a stormy day with the kids.. Ages 6 and 9.. Curiosity Connection was a huge hit. We could've spent all day just there, but the kids also had a blast exploring the museum. Plenty to see and do including a Planetarium!! Don't go on a Monday, it's closed on Monday..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

I have loved this Museum since I was a child! From the Indian exhibit, antique vehicles, miniature exhibition, planitaryum and the accuracy of turn of the century homes. This Museum allows couples to marry the lovely of thier life while teaching everyone in attendance history. Now I ask what could be sweeter than that?

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Canton, Ohio
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127 reviews 127 reviews
80 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

We visited on a cold Saturday afternoon and the place was completely deserted! We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves, which was really weird and kind of creepy. Admission is a little pricey for the quality of the exhibits. They are just old, but still very interesting. You just have to actually read them, rather than stare at... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very interesting. Worth the admission price. Roxy's restaurant across the street was also very good. This museum does not have a cafeteria in it.

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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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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259 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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