Last updated: 8/21/2021
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Street Address
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Mailing Address
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
phone: 717-787-4980
e-mail: ra-phstatemuseum@pa.gov
web: www.statemuseumpa.org
Hours
Monday - Tuesdayclosed
Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
The museum is closed on most major U.S. holidays.
Admissions
Adults: $7
Seniors (over 65): $6
Children (1-11): $5
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Jeni Ashton, Chief of Education
Description

Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state. Over the years, the museum has greatly expanded its collections and modernized its public offerings to serve the needs of succeeding generations of Pennsylvanians. Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964.

Curiosity Connection and the Planetarium remain closed. Masks are recommended to be worn indoors while visiting.

Mission

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania’s historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services.

Governance

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

Library

Access: Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

ADA

The State Museum is handicapped-accessible. Individuals with disabilities or those in need of special assistance are asked to call (717) 787-4980 or the Pennsylvania TDD relay service at (800) 654-5984 in advance of their visit.

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms

Services

The State Museum Store

The store features fun and engaging products, books, and souvenirs relating to Pennsylvania and the museum's exhibits. The State Museum Store offers a wonderful array of Pennsylvania-themed products, books, and gift items for all ages.

The museum store is located inside the 3rd Street entrance on the museum’s ground floor.

Admission is free to the museum store and State Museum Affiliate Members receive 10% off purchases. All purchases support the ongoing educational mission of The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Gift Shop

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