What's New

Enter the 47th Annual Art of the State 2014!!

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces March Highlights

State Museum Announces New Exhibition of Chairs from Chippendale to Knoll

New Exhibit Tells How Pennsylvanians Experienced the Civil War

New Group Reservations

New Reservations Worksheet

NEW! Download Paleo Exhibit Explore Life Through Time pdf for children and families

Archived Press Releases
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In the event of a weather emergency,
please call 717-787-4980 for the latest
update on the Museum’s status.

Adjacent to Pennsylvania’s State Capitol building in Harrisburg, The State Museum offers exhibits and exquisite collections interpreting the state’s fascinating heritage. From the dawn of geologic time, to 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.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania is open

Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM

The State Museum Store hours
Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Holiday hours subject to change.

Curiosity Connection
Wednesday-Saturday 10-4 Sun 12-4*
*On select large volume days, timed tickets may be issued for Curiosity Connection. 
Call ahead for details

Special Note:

The State Museum is now participating in Harrisburg's "3rd in the Burg" arts events on the third Friday evening of each month. Watch for details.


General Admission
Includes Curiosity Connection

Adults (ages 13 - 59) $5.00
Children (ages 1 - 12) $4.00
Seniors (ages 60+) $4.00
PA Heritage Society Members
(Become a member)

The Basics

Driving Directions and Parking Options

Calendar of Events

For current museum facility rental information click here and contact Judi Yingling, Facility Use Manager, jyingling@pa.gov or call (717) 346-2630.

School Tours
Teacher and Parent Resources

Scavenger Hunt Activity sheets
(PDf, 500 KB) for students to use during their museum visit.

Interested in what's going on with Pennsylvania archaeology? Then check out our weekly blog: This Week in Pennsylvania Archaeology.

An exciting hands-on play environment. A place where children and grownups can discover, learn and play together. Visit the Curiosity Connection page for more information.