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State Museum of Pennsylvania

300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
+1 717-787-4979
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You need an entire day!

We spent about 4 hours here and we could have easily spent more! There is much wonderful stuff in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jessi M
Waynesboro, Virginia
Excellent museum to visit

Visited over the Memorial Day Weekend. If you're an ASTC member living outside of 90 miles, it's... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Marc M
Levittown, Pennsylvania
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Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0101
+1 717-787-4979
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent about 4 hours here and we could have easily spent more! There is much wonderful stuff in this museum about the amazing state of PA and I know I didn't see everything they had to offer! I especially loved the art exhibit that...More

Thank Jessi M
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Visited over the Memorial Day Weekend. If you're an ASTC member living outside of 90 miles, it's free! Three floors of very interesting exhibits, including Native Americans, Civil War, Transportation, Paleontology among others. Not too crowded over a holiday weekend which was even better,. The...More

Thank Marc M
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Great museum. Huge variety of all the history that has been and continues to affect and change Pennsylvania. Great exhibits and love the way of seeing it all in circular pattern layout.

Thank James C
Reviewed 20 May 2017

On a Friday afternoon, cut a little short by closing time at 5, my sister-in-law and I soaked up PA and regional American history and even failed (mea culpa) to get us all the way to the top level, the recommended starting point. Admission is...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Cute museum and reasonably priced. Needs some updates and better plaques. Seems like they are in the process of doing this.

Thank cate0072015
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Several exhibits are being update and new galleries. They have free military entrance which is a plus as well

Thank Alyssa B
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We made the State Museum of Pennsylvania a main stop on our Harrisburg visit. We had recently visited the Louisiana's state museum in Baton Rouge which gave us a frame of reference as to what state museums could be. We appreciated the tip to start...More

1  Thank rickpoet
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Varied collection with a little bit of something for everybody. We were lucky enough to be there when the William Penn charter was on display, which we were told was only one week a year.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 April 2017

My husband and I popped in for a couple of hours recently. We hadn't been here for years. Much of it was very similar to what we had remembered from a couple decades ago. The displays are interesting and pretty well presented, although probably in...More

Thank LisaJane222
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We love taking our 2 year old to the children's area of this museum and she can't get enough. She even enjoys the adult area when we take her upstairs. There are exhibits on the natural history and human/industrial history of PA. Not far from...More

Thank Steph0722
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pat g
12 August 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
16 July 2016|
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Response from David B |
There are no scooter rentals but there are Wheel Chairs available to use. Only need to swap out your license.
Julie S
27 June 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.