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“Had to drive 1 hr, worth of it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of State Museum of Pennsylvania

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Ranked #6 of 53 things to do in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.
Breinigsville, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Had to drive 1 hr, worth of it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

Pros: very fascinating museum with huge collection; start in the last floor (3rd?) with natural history and the planetarium (open only during weekends); in the second floor find a collection about industrialization and development in Pennsylvania; then find the art collection in the first floor; find also a small piece of a town from the good ol' days. Cons: parking can be as far as 4-5 blocks away (private parking)

Visited February 2013
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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290 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

The museum is small but has a nice layout. One of the newest exhibits is a full skeleton of a mastodon. This museum hasn't changed much since I was a kid, especially the area with the north American wildlife exhibit. Since it isn't that big, it would be good for a child's first museum visit.

Visited October 2012
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Bellmawr, New Jersey
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137 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good histroy of Pennsylvania”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Many floors of items from Pennsylvania historical past. can take over two hours to look at all the items. Next to the state Capitol building. Few blocks from Amtrak station

Visited October 2012
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good Activity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

I had a great afternoon out with my wife for only $5 per person. There was plenty to see with three floors of displays and a new area being installed on our visit, which should be open soon.

The museum had more than enough to keep you occupied for a good half a day, perhaps with a coffee in the middle, it was very informative and both me and my wife enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the engineering section with a brief introduction into steam and electrical machines in the area including displays and models of industrial processes. My wife loved the natural science and ecology displays.

Visited April 2013
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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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698 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Very Nice Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

The PA State Museum is a museum showing some of the history of Pennsylvania. There is enough displays and artifacts one could spend a number of hours here exploring. It's in downtown Harrisburg and next door to the state Capitol building. Only a mile or so from major highways. Free admission. Parking across the street. Definitely a family affair especially for Pennsylvania residents.

Visited April 2013
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