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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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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
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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Nice museum for the price

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.

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

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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83 attraction reviews
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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Museum entrance is reasonable. Some of the sections stretched the Pennsylvania connection, but it was still an educational, entertaining trip.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The size of this museum is just right for toddlers; there isn't so much ground to cover that they become cranky and stop enjoying the exhibits. It would be nice if they would get some new exhibits; I have been takin gmy boys for about two years, and very little has changed.

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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42 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We didn't take kids- but could clearly see that this museum is filled with hands on exhibits that kids could learn from! Interesting to also have a museum dedicated to the history of the state. The museum is round which makes it easy to find your way around. The exhibits are well done and interactive covering geology and anthropology. I... More 

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Friendsville, Maryland
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13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a great museum! The 3 floors were extremely interesting and well worth the money. Found out a lot about PA. Parking could have been easier to find but, u are downtown Harrisburg. and after you can walk to the Sturges Speakeasy and enjoy some lunch!

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Due to time constraints, chose this over Whitaker Center to take my grand-daughter: it opens at 9am vs. 11:30 am (closed Mon. & Tues.) Much less expensive: Total cost for our visit was $20.* ($11 admission & $9. for 3 hrs. parking). Whitaker would have been closer to $50. We had no trouble finding metered parking spaces within a half-block... More 

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Enola
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a nice place to take your guests who might be visiting from another state on a rainy dreary day. It's interesting enough to go other times as well, but a dreary rainy day is when I took some guests and it was the perfect afternoon. Its an interesting place.

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Perryville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

For a relatively small museum, lots of options, from the rich history of Pennsylvania to period history, natural history, a planetarium, art, the decorative arts and more. We enjoyed a special exhibit on Alexander Wilson, naturalist, that was thorough yet small enough to easily manage while still allowing time to seeing the rest of the museum, some parts in detail,... More 

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