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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  • Love going here because it reminds me of being young and going on field trips (in the 90s). It's super nostalgic because nothing has changed and they could really do with a makeover.  more »
  • This museum has been here for many years but still offers an excellent overview of all things Pennsylvania. Spread out over three floors in a circular pattern, it’s easy to navigate with exhibits...  more »
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  • Worth the trip. Pricey for a large group. They asked a male patron if he was a veteran (for a discount?) Never asked me. They have activities for the kids and a way cool indoor play area. It's nice to have a spot where your toddlers can crawl around.
  • PHMC hits it out of the park again. A variety of exhibits detailing all things Pennsylvania including natural history, local history, manufacturing, travel, commerce, anthropology, and archaeology. The structure itself is a fine example of Mid-Century modern architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You could spend at least 5 hours here.

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