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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
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

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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Great Museum!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Wendy S
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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!

Thank Wendy S
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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510 reviews
437 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

Thank norgeva
Middletown, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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.

Thank Cicely M
Stoystown, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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 

Thank jennreep
Camp Hill
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348 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 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 

Thank Courthouse067
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We began our day with the visit to the planetarium. It was a great show with a coyote narrator and very easy for the children to understand. We spent the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon touring the museum.

Thank RaTaPa
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

We went to this Museum with our family on a Saturday. If you come on the weekends you can park on North Street for free but not during the work week. Active duty soldiers and their families get in free. Retired service members can get in free but a spouse do pay. The museum has a hands on children's section... More 

Thank Cinjebar
Aurora, Illinois
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This was an excellent find. I visit family in the area all the time and never knew it existed. We only allocated three hours for our visit and it was not nearly enough to get through the whole exhibit. We spent two hours alone on the third floor. I won't go into a lot of detail since most others already... More 

Thank miklin505
North Carolina
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We got in free due to our museum membership. I would have regretted paying for this. It is very dated, but does have some nice offerings. My kids thought most of it was pretty boring, but did enjoy several things.

Thank Courtney L
Danville, Pennsylvania
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179 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Very impressive and informative museum for such a small city. Low entrance fee and 3 floors of history.

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