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Whitaker Center

222 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2113
+1 717-217-2787
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Avoid paying to get into Whitaker Center, no maintenance or updates

I have been to the Whitaker Center in center city Harrisburg twice within the past year. The first... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2018
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Baltimore, Maryland
The Cultural Pearl of Harrisburg

Recapturing any city’s vitality has long been a challenge for many small and mid sized cities since... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2018
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“science center” (40 reviews)
“imax theater” (17 reviews)
“parking garage” (17 reviews)
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222 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2113
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Reviewed May 8, 2018

I have been to the Whitaker Center in center city Harrisburg twice within the past year. The first visit was ok and my kids had fun (under 6). However, on our second visit in April of 2018, over 50% of the exhibits were not working....More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review. Because our science center is specifically hands-on and interactive, our exhibits undergo a lot of wear and tear. We do our best to fix issues as soon...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

Recapturing any city’s vitality has long been a challenge for many small and mid sized cities since the 70’s. Complacency and naysayers are abundant in such a transformation. Many will disagree as to what “the spark” was that grew Harrisburg. Finding that spark is critical...More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a such a thoughtful review! We truly appreciate your attention to the intricate details of not only our beautiful center, but also it's community-minded role in the city. We are so excited to see...More

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Reviewed February 16, 2018

The performing art center is modern, well light, and has comfortable seats. I sat on the second level on the sides and was able to see the majority of the stage. The staff are friendly and helpful.More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad you enjoyed Sunoco Performance Theater. An extra tidbit of cool info: not a single seat in our theater is more than 65...More

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Reviewed January 30, 2018

There's a lot to do here for kids. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone if they didn't have young kids. There's an IMAX theater and science center.More

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Deb W, Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2018

Thank you for visiting Whitaker Center and for leaving us a review! In addition to Select Medical Digital Cinema and Harsco Science Center, we also feature a number of performances in our beautiful Sunoco Performance Theater: comedy, classical music, rock bands, hip-hop, Theater Harrisburg, Central...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

Basically, I think it's nice but very over priced. Use a Groupon and park at City Island to avoid $14/15 for parking at the garage. I've been several times and each time a large percentage of exhibits are not working. Frustrating, given the cost. Some...More

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Deb W, Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! Because of the hands-on nature of our science center, our exhibits experience quite a bit of wear and tear. While we always strive to get...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

Really nit much of anything here for adults. If you have kids from around 6-13, they could have a lot of fun. Very interactive stuff.More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2018

Thanks so much for visiting Whitaker Center and taking the time to leave a review! We encourage you to try out the same exhibits the kids have a lot of fun with - it's interactive learning fun for everyone! We hope to see you again...More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Parking can be a bit of a chore, but once inside there is plenty to keep kids and adults engaged. From learning about weight distribution and earthquakes to animating your own stop-motion video, there's really something for everyone. The toddler area is cute with a...More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and Harsco Science Center! We couldn't agree more - there is so much to do for the whole family. If you're a frequent visitor, we highly recommend becoming a member; you'll get lots of great benefits like...More

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Reviewed December 9, 2017

A little something for everyone. 3D movies for entertainment for the kids to amazing historic movies. The science area for kids of all ages is incredible. Live shows of all types of genre. Plays. .music whatever you can imagine is there.More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2017

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review. We couldn't agree more that our Science Center and Select Medical Digital Cinema are great for folks of all ages, and that our live shows...More

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Reviewed December 9, 2017 via mobile

The science center is well worth the $16 admission. The lobby is all decorated for Christmas with trees everywhere at entry-level a display of all the gingerbread houses from the contest.

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2017

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center! We're so glad to hear you love our Science Center and our beautiful and festive holiday decorations. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that we get to welcome you back again soon! Thanks! Deb

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Reviewed December 5, 2017 via mobile

I recently visited the Whitaker center for the IMAX movie theater. This time we watched The Polar Express. This was my first time at the Whitaker center and really enjoyed it. I went with my wife and 3 kids. We purchased our tickets online so...More

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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2017

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and Select Medical Digital Cinema! We're so glad you and your family enjoyed watching The Polar Express 3D on our gigantic, four-stories-tall screen! We can't wait to welcome you back to Harsco Science Center - there is...More

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saramay
March 24, 2018|
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Response from Dan A | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe there is any specific lot. There is on street parking that is limited and you have to pay for that unless you go Sunday or after 5. There are also multiple parking garages in the area you can utilize. I know... More
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Saresa S
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Response from Elisha B | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend it for slightly older kids. There are things to do and if they are tagging along for siblings' sake, yes. But it's not worth it just for them. Wait until after at least 2, then they'll start fitting in... More
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Response from paymeami2 | Reviewed this property |
I disagree! I think 12 and 14year olds can enjoy the Science Center ALOT! Granted the may not squeal and run like younger ones but it is cool. TAKE THEM!!!!
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