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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: 300 North Street, 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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Went with my Granddaughter so it was quick. The exhibits were interesting and a gave you a clear look at the Pa. past

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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sarasota, Florida
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93 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Went with my Granddaughter so it was quick. The exhibits were interesting and a gave you a clear look at the Pa. past

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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798 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 493 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Does every state have a state museum? If so I challenge any state museum to prove they are better the Pennsylvania state museum. I was SO impressed by this museum, I can't imagine any other state doing it better. First off when I came in the lady at the front desk was friendly and welcoming. She suggested I show my... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Whether your young or old this museum will keep you entertained! Great for schools, couples on a date, or just the family.

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Rotating exhibits on the first floor are always of interest. The huge statue of William Penn on the second floor is a tribute to the man who made "Penn's Woods" the sylvan beauty that it is. The geological exhibit on the 3rd floor and the planetarium on the top floor both offer interesting opportunities for all ages.

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Colorado
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We enjoyed each of the exhibits and there was something for everyone from ages 2 on up. The kids area is very interactive. Hope the state can restore funding so the closed area can be reopened and additional areas can be created.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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 199 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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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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Additional Information about State Museum of Pennsylvania

Address: 300 North Street, 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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