Changing Exhibits
Pennsylvania at War: The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania

1st Floor


The State Museum launches a look into the USS Pennsylvania, flagship of the U.S. Navy which was damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 75 year ago this December 7.  Including a 6-foot ship model, the centerpiece from the ship’s silver service, uniforms, and personal effects of crew members, the display commemorates the ship’s incredible witness to history.  On display through December 30, 2018.

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
Pennsylvania at War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives

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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 U.S. entry into World War I. On Display through November 12, 2018.

The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the annual juried exhibition Art of the State, This exhibit is showcasing featured works that were purchased by the museum and added to its permanent collections over five decades. This exhibit will remain open from October 20, 2017 through February 18, 2018.