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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: 300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
Phone Number: 717-787-4979
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Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant...

Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.

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An informative and entertaining tour for Pennsylvania history lovers!

From artifacts that depict primitive life in Pennsylvania to the demise of Indian tribes to conflicts of the Civil War, the building of our infrastructure, LGBT struggles and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Harrisburg, Pa
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Harrisburg, Pa
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From artifacts that depict primitive life in Pennsylvania to the demise of Indian tribes to conflicts of the Civil War, the building of our infrastructure, LGBT struggles and victories and beyond, the Pennsylvania State Museum has something for all history enthusiasts.

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Thank xpdebby
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been to the museum in the past but it had been a while. They do charge admission now but it is well worth it. Planetarium was nice and the museum is great. Lots of history and I always see something new.

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Thank Richard K
Springfield, Virginia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is something for everyone at this museum - art, transportation, traditional history, etc.. It is only $7 to get in ($1 off with AAA). There is a lot to see - give yourself 2 hours (more if you read everything). The gift shop closes earlier than the museum.

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Thank Chaperone2013
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39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum! Even bigger than I expected. For $7, this is a huge bargain with how much there is to see here.

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Thank Patrick C
Bayside, New York
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

This museum covers many aspects about the history of Pennsylvania, and its various industries. There is an excellent section on the role Pennsylvania played during the Civil War. If you want to see the Planetarium Space Show during weekdays, be sure to arrive before 1:00 P.M.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

The State Museum presents a wonderful overview of all things Pennsylvania. From historical objects, to natural history, to art, there is something for everyone here. They continue to update and upgrade their exhibits which is good to see. Their collaboration with Jump Street on "The Art of the State" each year is top notch - definitely worth seeing!

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Thank Wendy S
Yekaterinburg, Russia
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529 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

I liked this museum.A large variety of displays covering a large variety of different time periods. I thought it was worth the trip.

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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

I went here with family visiting from over seas. This was all over our first time visiting here. It was a great history lesson of Pa. I was impressed with the amount of coverage of pa. I would visit here again.

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Thank Cicely M
Stoystown, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This place is fabulous! From the Planetarium shows, to the period rooms, to all the items on display, this place is packed with history and information! Prices are very reasonable, staff is friendly, plenty of restrooms, escalators and an elevator. Do not miss this gem! Time was tight for us and we only got to spend 3 hours visiting museum.... More 

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Camp Hill
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364 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This a very doable museum. I especially suggest the period rooms. There are many icons of PA commerce. Do not miss the large statue of William Penn that caused controversy years ago. Penn was a Quaker and is hat is doffed for someone. If you are interested in family history the State Archives next door are a great place to... More 

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