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State Museum of Pennsylvania

PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108
717-787-4979
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Ranked #7 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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new york
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91 reviews 91 reviews
52 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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Marion, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The State Museum of Pennsylvania does have a bit of a "dated" look to it as the exhibits do look like they are set up in a style that harkens back to the 60's and 70's. But don't let the absence of modern "bells and whistles" deter you from visiting this fine state museum. The circular, "top-down", three floor museum... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Lots to learn and see about the state. Would be better if there were more interactive exhibits. The dino exhibit was my favorite of them all.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We like to visit State Capitols and State Museums. Today we visited Pennsylvania's and we're much impressed. We had only an hour-plus; at least a couple of hours would be better. Excellent exhibits! Friendly staff! Right next door to the PA State Capitol building.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I like stopping by the museum to see their new exhibits. It's a great building, with thoughtful displays where kids and adults alike can learn a lot about PA.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went many times during grade school and still love going and looking at the exhibits! Great fun for families!

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philadelphia, pa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Located near the State Capital building, the State Museum offers exhibits of geography, archaeological, history, industry and ecology of PA.

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