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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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Nice stop

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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149 reviews 149 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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197 reviews 197 reviews
110 attraction reviews
373 helpful votes 373 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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