The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

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The State Museum of Pennsylvania is a non-profit museum at 300 North Street in downtown Harrisburg, run by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to preserve and interpret the region's history and culture. It is a part of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex. While it is officially named the State Museum of Pennsylvania, members of the public, as well as official publications, sometimes refer to the facility as the William Penn Memorial Museum; the museum's central hall features a large statue of Penn.
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  • We love to visit and especially see the planetarium show! We see something new every visit. Transportation hall is a favorite, as is the Gettysburg section. 
    We love to visit and especially see the planetarium show! We see something new every visit. Transportation hall is a favorite, as is the Gettysburg section.  more »
  • Stopped by on a whim and was pleased by the low admission fee- just $7! Four floors of exhibits with a ton to look at from the history of different animals in Pennsylvania to Civil War paintings and.....  more
    Stopped by on a whim and was pleased by the low admission fee- just $7! Four floors of exhibits with a ton to look at from the history of different animals in Pennsylvania to Civil War paintings and.....  more »
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  • What an amazing museum! Great displays/historical information and art/paintings... (the staff are super-helpful and friendly, too). Especially love the information about Pennsylvania's founding/+Civil War and all the artifacts and history. I spent a few hours here--- but well worth a day easily if you're really interested. The entrance fee is $7--- very affordable (cheap) and the best entertainment I've had in a long time!!
  • We truly enjoyed 2 hours casually strolling through the museum. Very informative and easy parking. The planetarium was closed and we would have loved to see it. Our favorite was learning about the “Dream Road” the PA turnpike and also the native animals of PA. We had a wonderful volunteer explain the Conestoga Wagon which was akin to our modern day UPS. It only traveled 12 miles a day and only between Philadelphia and Lancaster!

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