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State Museum of Pennsylvania

PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
717-787-4979
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Ranked #10 of 24 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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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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Fort Wayne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We are not from Pennsylvania, but have visited this museum twice. It is very informative with very nice displays and dioramas. Well worth a visit.

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philadelphia, pa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was rather neat. Who would have guessed, had no idea it was there until someone suggested it. . Planetarium and all

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San Jose, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We really enjoy the natural history sections of this museum which do a good job of presenting Pennsylvania's history and environment. The mechanical exhibits and old vehicles are also consistent favorites with my kids. This time we also viewed several art exhibits. Those were frankly pretty bad all around, especially the one that was SUPPOSED TO BE about accessibility. The... More

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very nice museum. Had a nice variety of everything throughout history from the civil war period to transportation, to animals, and other artifacts. I would definitely stop here again. They also had a separate area for children's education and learning.

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new york
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wow, I didnt even know this was in Harrisburg and what a surprise! It has modern art, antique cars, dinosaurs, animals, history and so much more all rolled into one package. Theres something for the kids and adults to enjoy. Absolutely worth it! There are 3 floors to explore. There are elevators, and stairs so that the museum is accesible... More

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Granby, Connecticut
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I visited with a friend and six of our combined children, ranging in age from 17 months to 18 years old. All of the kids had a great time, especially the four in the 7-12 range. We saw the planetarium show that is narrated by Liam Neeson and it was fabulous! It kept the childrens' interest the entire time. They... More

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Austin, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Likes: Fascinating information about the people, geology, and former residents (dinosaurs) of Pennsylvania. Beautiful mural between the 2nd and 3rd floors. I visited on a Wednesday afternoon...and just about had the museum to myself. The "Hall of Mammals" display is a little dated, but the dioramas are fun to look at.

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York, PA
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I'm not much of a museum-goer but I went because I like history, I'm a lifelong Pennsylvanian, and had never been there. Modest fee to get in-- $5 or $7. Top floor is wildlife of PA, some of it pretty boring for a native-- like their stuffed squirrels-- but some of it very interesting, like the buffalo, bobcats, and dinosaur... More

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