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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Address: 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17108
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+1 717-787-4979
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant...

Museum housing more than two million objects associated with or significant to the history and heritage of Pennsylvania.

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Interesting place

My group loved it there were many historical things that you could look at. Cars, Native American Artifacts, Pennsylvania Historical things, etc.My children enjoyed Sleepy Hollow.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My group loved it there were many historical things that you could look at. Cars, Native American Artifacts, Pennsylvania Historical things, etc.My children enjoyed Sleepy Hollow.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had time to spare so I went here. It does not look like much outside, but when you go inside, there is much. Not your average museum. Oh, go on a Sunday if you can because only street parking is available, and it is only free on Sunday.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

really interesting either with adults or kids. So much to see and enjoy. Can look at leisurely pace or with kids who want to run to see everything yet they stop to ooh & awaa at the different displays. Have gone several times both ways & plan to go again. Went with family & grand children visiting and have gone... More 

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Kittanning, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Had a great time at this museum on a cold Saturday. It is priced reasonably and a lot bigger than we expected. Great kids area for when the little ones lose interest. Parking is the only downfall. $9 bucks for 3 hours.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited with my 5 year old and hung out in the creativity connection area for about half an hour but it was pretty small, so he was ready to move on after that. We went through all 3 other floors of the museum in about half an hour as well. He was quite perplexed by the taxidermy and I... More 

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Thank Rebecca S
Central PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I enjoy museums and this one is no different. I think the variety here is fantastic and helps one understand the uniqueness of Pennsylvania. Visit and decide for yourself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable time and learned a lot about Pennsylvania history. Harrisburg is a beautiful city.

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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a good museum. There's displays of old stuff, like refrigerators from the 1940's, - stuff from not that long ago, maybe 40 years ago, now forgotten - yet, now remembered, at this museum. It doesn't have all those placards to read like most museums - it has things to look at! This is a museum well worth spending... More 

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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The museum put together a fantastic event for kids with the costume theme. Their advertising efforts paid off with participation but totally overwhelmed what they could really handle. They had special visitors (reptiles) the kids could see and touch. They also had a nice storytelling station and one of the highlights was the story in the planetarium. The exhibits are... More 

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Mayfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I have never heard of this museum, so I did not expect a lot. I was impressed by the variety of artifacts on display. I especially liked seeing an actual stage coach and other modes of transportation from the same time period. I had often read books with descriptions of them, There is something for everyone here.

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