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“Great exhibits”

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Ranked #5 of 57 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.
Reviewed January 17, 2014

I really liked this museum. They had many interesting exhibits and displays including taxodermy, many carriages and cars, a large plane, engines, American Indian artifacts, artwork, an interesting chair display. The only thing I disliked was there appears to be no park, that we saw at least. We had to park on the road and pay the meter. That aspect made me feel rushed to walk quickly and look briefly.

2  Thank Melissa F
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"william penn"
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"third floor"
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"natural history"
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"native americans"
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"mammal hall"
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"three floors"
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"civil war"
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"on display"
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"all ages"
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"right next door"
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"rainy day"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"take your time"
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"nice gift shop"
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

If you are from PA or just visiting this is an inexpensive really cool place to learn about the native Americans who once called PA home as well as anything and everything that has to do with the PA way of life. They have everything from art to antique cars to taxidermy animals that call pa home. This venue used to be free , but they may charge now I'm not sure , but it is worth it to see. There is also a planetarium.

Thank Deb W
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Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Great place for families and people of all ages. Escalators are helpful to reach all three floors, some benches throughout, price very reasonable for all included, and a wealth of informative displays and very nice exhibits. From the geological and native Americans to formation of Pennsylvania as a state are all well explained and a depiction of the civil war and early pioneers are included. There was even a section on transportation wagons and carriages to early automobiles! There is a nature display on one floor with a wide range of plants to animal species and at the very top of the museum is a planetarium that is awesome. It is extra minimal charge but was well worth it. There's a gift shop that has some nice items and good reference information books as well as children's toys and fun items fun items for learning. The state archives is located adjoining the main building via outside walkway and if you go on weekends you get better closer parking free. Otherwise there's usually some parking spaces on state street but the meters are for like two hours-about what you spend going through museum if you really take your time. They also have a gallery of art or photography on the first floor with rotating displays. Wonderful place to visit and highly recommend.

1  Thank tanyasm
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Nice museum next to the State Capitol. A little bit of everything from Civil War exhibits, fossils and dinosaurs and early American life. Great Civil War panorama. Nice kiddie play room area too.

1  Thank John H
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

This museum houses a variety of artifacts representing PA history, geology, technology, native species, and prominent citizens. There was an especially interesting temporary Civil War exhibit mid-October '13.

1  Thank Pamela M
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