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Charter Day

March 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 pm

18th Annual Charter Day 2017 Sunday, March 12, 2017

Join The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s 336th birthday on the 18th Annual Charter Day from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 12 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Special Presentation information for Sunday, March 12:

Pennsylvania Charter and Great Law
See the original 1681 Charter and the 1682 Great Law.  Pennsylvania State Archivists will be on hand to help explore these two important documents.

Shining Light on the Stars: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram 
This program thoroughly covers the H-R Diagram. From the history of its creation to the practical use it has for astronomers today. It begins with an in-depth look at the brightest stars we see from Earth, and then it takes the viewer on a fly-through of the exact locations of the closest stars to the Sun – using the HR diagram along the way. Show created by Ritter Planetarium University of Toledo (OH) FullDome Studio.

Showtimes: 12:20 PM, 12:40 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 1:40 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:20 PM, 2:40 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:20 PM, and 3:40 PM
Space is limited and a free ticket is required.
Please be sure to pick up a timed ticket at the Ground Floor Information Desk.

Curiosity Connection
Curiosity Connection is a play space for visitors age 5 and under and their parents. 45 minutes of play is available per session. Come learn, discover, and play!

Playtimes: 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:15 PM
Space is limited and a free ticket is required.
Please be sure to pick up a timed ticket at the Ground Floor Information Desk.

Nature Lab
Join our archaeologists 12 Noon – 4PM to explore petroglyphs.  Petroglyphs are images carved into rock surfaces, which offer us a rare glimpse into the minds of ancient Native Americans.

Admission to the Museum is free for Charter Day, Sunday, March 12th only and includes all special presentations. Space is limited for many of the special events and free timed tickets will need to be picked up at the Ground Floor Information Desk. The Museum Store will also be offering special discounts.

Individuals who need special assistance should call (717) 787-6778 or, for individuals with hearing-related disabilities, the Pennsylvania TDD relay service at (800) 654-5984.

For more information on the archives and its collections, visit the The Pennsylvania State Archives.


March 12, 2017
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
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State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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(717) 787-4980