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State Museum of Pennsylvania

PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
717-787-4979
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Ranked #9 of 23 attractions in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Kansas City
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We visited the museum because of its proximity to the capitol and were pleasantly surprised. We also unexpectedly arrived during a two hour window of free admission. We spent long enough that we had to go out to feed the parking meter. You could easily spend several hours here.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great creative exhibitions available all the time; the curators out-do themselves with something new and pleasing every year. It's always foun to visit the museum.

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Wayne, PA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I highly recommend visiting this museum because it is very educational about Pennsylvania's history, culture, geology and flora and fauna. There is so much to learn about this state by the artifacts, artwork, and informative displays.

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Kunkletown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I really liked this museum. They had many interesting exhibits and displays including taxodermy, many carriages and cars, a large plane, engines, American Indian artifacts, artwork, an interesting chair display. The only thing I disliked was there appears to be no park, that we saw at least. We had to park on the road and pay the meter. That aspect... More

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Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you are from PA or just visiting this is an inexpensive really cool place to learn about the native Americans who once called PA home as well as anything and everything that has to do with the PA way of life. They have everything from art to antique cars to taxidermy animals that call pa home. This venue used... More

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Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
94 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Great place for families and people of all ages. Escalators are helpful to reach all three floors, some benches throughout, price very reasonable for all included, and a wealth of informative displays and very nice exhibits. From the geological and native Americans to formation of Pennsylvania as a state are all well explained and a depiction of the civil war... More

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Auburn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Nice museum next to the State Capitol. A little bit of everything from Civil War exhibits, fossils and dinosaurs and early American life. Great Civil War panorama. Nice kiddie play room area too.

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Bedford, PA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This museum houses a variety of artifacts representing PA history, geology, technology, native species, and prominent citizens. There was an especially interesting temporary Civil War exhibit mid-October '13.

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Dayville, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We visited the state museum on a rainy Saturday - good day for a museum. The admission price was great - $5 or $4 for seniors. The self-guided tour through Pennsylvania's history was very interesting - some things we learned were about William Penn meeting the Susquehanock Indians, the Charter from King Charles II given to William Penn to start... More

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Harrisburg, Pa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

For many decades, this museum was free to the public but state budget-cutting brought about paid admission. Some of the continuing displays are growing tired, but the special (rotating) exhibits are always a nice change of pace. Nice gift shop.

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