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March 2017

We Are Astronomers

March 31 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us Friday, March 31 at 12:15 PM for a special planetarium show. We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe.  Explore how astronomers use the electromagnetic spectrum in studying the universe. And hear from astronomers on the challenges they face in sharing and storing this vast amount of data. Take an up-close look at new technologies like the upcoming James Webb Telescope and the Large Hadron Collider in…

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Pennsylvania State Geography Bee

March 31 @ 3:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be hosting the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee on Friday, March 31. The final rounds will begin around 3:00 PM in The Museum auditorium. Students from around the state will be competing to head to Washington D.C. to participate the National Geography Bee. Please note: Museum galleries will experience rolling closures between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to accommodate early GeoBee competitive rounds. We appreciate your patience.  

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April 2017

Exhibit Opening: “Pennsylvania at War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives”

April 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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FOR VICTORY, BUY MORE BONDS 1918 Karle Litho., Co., Rochester, N.Y. John Williams (1877-1976) portrays Lady Liberty draped in the Stars and Stripes in this poster for the Fourth Liberty Loan drive. A flag wearing Lady Liberty or Columbia figure appear often in patriotic WWI posters. Williams, an English-born muralist and illustrator, lived for many years in Gettysburg, Adams County. Pennsylvania State Archives, MG-272 #76

Join us for the opening of "Pennsylvania at War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives"  featuring a walk through of the exhibit by Archivist Richard Saylor. World War I posters provide a glimpse at the means by which valued American symbols and ideals were used to mobilize the country for war in Europe. The exhibit presents a sample of the nearly 500 posters in the collections of the Pennsylvania State Archives. This exhibit commemorates the centennial of the…

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StoryTime April 2017

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us for a stroll through Village Square to search for tools used long ago, play a challenging guessing game, and enjoy the story Tools by Taro Miura.  StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Planetarium “Earth, Moon & Sun”

April 7 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Earth, Moon & Sun

Join us and the coyote in his quest for answers about what he sees in the sky. This character adapted from American Indian oral traditions, will help audiences discover the truth behind common astronomical misconceptions. This delightful, humorous production tackles many of the most baffling concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system including: eclipses, lunar phases, the seasonal changing of constellations, and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon. Show will start promptly at 12:15, visitors will not be…

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Astronaut

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us Friday, April 14 at 11:00 AM in the planetarium for a special showing of ASTRONAUT. The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor undertaken by humankind. What does it take to part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space. Narrated by…

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Stars

April 14 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us Friday, April 14 at 12:15 PM in the planetarium for a special showing of STARS. Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Narrated by Mark Hamill General…

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Fractal Explorations

April 21 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us Friday, April 21 at 12:15 PM in the planetarium to take a trip into advanced mathematics. Fractal Explorations explores what fractals are, how they are made, where they can be found in nature, and what they have to do with infinity. Filled with original fractal images and sequences, it is a feast for the eyes as well as a workout for the brain. Fractal Explorations is a production of the Zacheis Planetarium at Adams State University General Admission…

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Museum Closure

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Museum will be closed Sunday, April 23.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continuing patience. A Message about the Closures At 53 years of age, our Midcentury Modern State Museum building is getting some timely upgrades over the next couple of years. Currently, there is a major electrical upgrade project underway.  We’ve been working to see that this project disrupts our open hours as little as possible.  But in order to keep our commitment to the many…

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Dynamic Earth

April 28 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us Friday, April 28 at 12:15 PM for a special planetarium showing of Dynamic Earth. Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Narrated by Liam Neeson General Admission and Planetarium fees apply

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May 2017

StoryTime May 2017

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us to read Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan. StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.

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Presentation & Book Signing: Nancy Moses

May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Nancy Moses

Please join us for a special presentation by Nancy Moses who will discuss her new book,“Stolen, Smuggled, Sold:  On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures” at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5 pm. Author Nancy Moses, Chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, will share her fascinating work exploring iconic cultural treasures and the provocative issues they raise.   This event is free and open to the public. Reservations not required, but RSVPs…

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