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The State Museum offers collections and exhibits interpreting the state of Pennsylvania's fascinating heritage. With the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, colonial and revolutionary beginnings, and a pivotal Civil War battleground through the Commonwealth’s vast industrial age,The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.

Fun under 4: Curiosity Connection™ is an exciting Pennsylvania themed hands-on play environment where kids from one to five years old and their families can play, discover and learn together. With the Living Forest, Industry & Transportation Zone, Farmland, Construction Zone, Art Wall, and Infant Zone... there is plenty for your preschoolers to enjoy!

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  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM
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Pennsylvania at War: WWI Posters from the PA State Archives

  • Dates: April 5, 2017 - November 12, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: State Museum of PA
  • Town: Harrisburg Area

Free Summer Fridays featuring Learn at Lunchtime

  • Dates: June 16, 2017 - August 25, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: State Museum of PA

Learn at Lunchtime: Pennsylvania at War

  • Date: August 25, 2017
  • Times: From: 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM
  • Location: State Museum of PA
  • Town: Harrisburg Area

Learn at Lunchtime: Art of the State

  • Date: September 8, 2017
  • Times: From: 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM
  • Location: State Museum of PA
  • Town: Harrisburg Area

National Fossil Day

  • Date: October 11, 2017
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Location: State Museum of PA

Night of the Great Pumpkin

  • Date: October 13, 2017
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: State Museum of PA

Learn at Lunchtime: Constellations

  • Date: October 20, 2017
  • Times: From: 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM
  • Location: State Museum of PA
  • Town: Harrisburg Area