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State Museum of Pennsylvania

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Better Than Expected

This was a pleasant day in a good museum, especially after their upgrades the past few years. While... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bel Air, Maryland
Excellent State Museum

This is a wonderful place to learn about all things PA. We really enjoy the natural history and... read more

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Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.
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300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
+1 717-787-4980
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All reviews william penn third floor natural history three floors native americans civil war on display antique cars all ages right next door interesting facts two hours take your time nice gift shop lots of fun several hours planetarium
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a pleasant day in a good museum, especially after their upgrades the past few years. While only a little high-tech, it still does a good job mixing videos with displays and excellent write-ups that hold your attention. It's also well laid-out and reasonably...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to learn about all things PA. We really enjoy the natural history and archeology exhibits. I was excited to see the beautifully restored dioramas in the Mammal Hall, which I remember from school visits as a child. There is something...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank West2East17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Near 30th street station, currently under partial reconstruction, make sure the item you want to see is display the day you visit. Use group entrance if main entrance doesn’t open. For me Japan and China(basically China)part make the price worth it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank yzhan222
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

The museum is fantastic! It offers a lot of information on PA's history and, a lot of cool artifacts! The museum is not hard to get to nor expensive at all.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 390jamief
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Realy, the place is very educative and funny at the same time. You have enough space to enjoy with stroler, with small and energic kids, with curios friends. This place is for everybody.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Dragostina
Reviewed October 27, 2018

It has been many years since we have been here. Last time we went I think is was free and average. What an improvement! The place is now spectacular. Our visit could not have been more enjoyable. Varied exhibits covering virtually everything Pennsylvania. I could...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 119TomB119
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Four floors of every kind of history from dinosaurs to present day. Everything is clean, well lit, labeled (with not so much text that those of us who like to read everything will hold up others!) Lots of fun and interesting facts in the PA...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Helen711
Reviewed September 28, 2018

My favorite part was the dioramas of wildlife. They were beautifully done and looked so realistic. The people at the front desk were friendly and helpful. Inside the museum you will see dinosaurs, a planetarium, civil war displays, antique cars and plains, an art museum,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank cheryl h
Reviewed August 29, 2018

My kids (7 and 10) had a great time. We spent two hours. They were disappointed that we didn't have more time to spend. Be aware - the gift shop closes before the museum closes.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amber W
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Fridays in summer, pay what you will. Seniors only 6 dollars anytime. Thematic exhibits on PA history, industry, ecology, and war experiences. The Conestoga wagon, rifles, Civil War memorabilia, and display on PA Turnpikes and railways were great for history enthusiasts. Kids will like the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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pat g
August 12, 2016|
Response from Thomas K | Reviewed this property |
Adults - $7.00 Senior Citizens (65 & older) - $6.00 Children ages 1-11 - $5.00 Active duty military and their immediate family (with ID) - free Retired military personnel only (with ID) - free State Museum Affiliate Members... More
David B
July 16, 2016|
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There are no scooter rentals but there are Wheel Chairs available to use. Only need to swap out your license.
June 27, 2015|
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Response from CatStone | Reviewed this property |
I was just there this weekend and it is now $7 for adults, which is a minimal fee given all the incredible exhibits.