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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone Number: 717-787-4979
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Great way to spend a rainy day!

The kid's discovery center/playground at the museum is worth the price of admission if you have small children. We could have spent the entire afternoon here and never left this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The kid's discovery center/playground at the museum is worth the price of admission if you have small children. We could have spent the entire afternoon here and never left this section. The rest of the museum is well-planned and interesting. My children loved the dinosaurs and animal section most of all. One word of caution, if you have a military... More 

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is another gem in Harrisburg. This state museum ranks right up there as one of the best state museums. It is located across the street from the Capitol and well worth the walk. Park in a garage near by and walk here. The fee is not high. Take the escalator or the elevator and start on the third floor... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I'm 45 years old and I remember most of the exhibits from when I was a small child and my aunt worked there. I took my grandson there last year and expected SOME old stuff but hoped for some new things. There were very few new things. I had to engage my grandson in conversation about things to keep his... More 

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

A lot of great things to learn about PA. We loved the simulated life of the Native American boy as well as the Civil War exhibits. The mural of the battle of Gettysburg is breathtaking.

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Leland, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We began our visit to Harrisburg at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. We were pleased to find that the museum is easy to locate and that handicap accessible parking was close to the entrance of the museum. It was recommended that the tour of the museum should begin on the third floor--extensive exhibits of wildlife and plants that are native... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My husband and I visited the museum yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed learning abt PA history and taking a lot of pics. The Louvre it isn't but it never claimed to be. We didn't have enough time to really take everything in so we will definitely be back.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Took my son here and we enjoyed it. The planetarium was his favorite part. Great way to spend the morning.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We go here often with my 9 and 12 yr old. Great place for a rainy or snowy day. All of PA animals upstairs, Indian exhibits, we always find something new.

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Been here numerous times since kids were small and we always enjoy a visit. Lots of interesting exhibits with some hands-on for the kids. Even has a planetarium, although I wouldn't recommend for very small children. Great place to learn about "all things Pennsylvania".

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We arrived at the 60's modern architecture building that was built in the style of the Guggenheim in NY – big and round but not quite as structurally beautiful and the exterior could use a good power wash. Inside was a well thought out exhibition of all the things that make PA – PA. From flora to fauna and all... More 

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Additional Information about State Museum of Pennsylvania

Address: Address: PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone Number: 717-787-4979
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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