Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg

#188 of 357 in Museums in Pennsylvania
Architectural Building · Specialty Museum
The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum are a National Historic Site near State College PA and Penn State University telling the story of America as seen through eight generations of the Boal family and their ancestors including Columbus, Napoleon and Richard Henry Lee (signer of the Declaration of Independence). The site includes the centuries-old Columbus Chapel, inherited and imported to Boalsburg from Spain in 1909 and containing the Admiral's Desk of Christopher Columbus, fine European paintings and statues and two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus.
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  • We stopped here while traveling between Altoona and Lewisburg after reading about the builder on Wikipedia. Our visit was worthwhile even though it was a closed day for the interior museum...  more »
  • We were staying in nearby Bellefonte and had this on our itinerary for a rainy day. This place was amazing! The actual structure of the house was so-so, but the history and genealogy of the family.....  more »
  • This museum is a true hidden gem. Their collections are a cross section of American and world history over the past two or three centuries. The paintings alone are worth the stop. Then add another thousand or artifacts. Our tour guide was very helpful and friendly. This museum is must see if you are in Central Pennsylvania.
  • My second time visiting there. Awesome docents, incredible history lesson, and fascinating artifacts. I hope to visit again in the not so distant future.

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