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PA Watercolor Exhibit 2014

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society: 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition

1st Floor

Come explore pieces selected from artists from Pennsylvania and around the country. The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is a non-profit society founded in 1979 in a back room of the State Museum and  dedicated to encouraging, promoting and advancing watercolor with artists and the public. Open through Feb. 8, 2015.

American Baptist Convention Headquarters, King of Prussia, PA

UnCommon Modern: A Pennsylvania Glossary of Midcentury Architecture

1st Floor

UnCommon Modern, Nov 2 – Apr 26, 2015, features a series of 40 color documentary photographs taken by Betsy Manning, a Philadelphia-area photojournalist. Each photograph depicts select Pennsylvania buildings and designs that reflect Midcentury Modern influences. The exhibit was organized by The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania with funding from the Bureau of Historic Preservation, PHMC.

Stories from the Home Front: Pennsylvania in the Civil War

Stories from the Home Front: Pennsylvania in the Civil War

1st Floor

This interactive exhibit explores major themes about Pennsylvania’s roll in the Civil War. Through stereoscopic photographs, original compositions of Civil War-era music and sound effects, interactive maps, hands-on objects and animated storytelling, the exhibit conveys accounts of the many ways Pennsylvania’s men, women, children and communities experienced the Civil War – both on the battlefield and the home front.


Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts

1st Floor

This remarkable exhibit honors the inauguration of Tom Wolf, the 47th governor of the commonwealth.   This special exhibit features both iconic artists from Pennsylvania’s history and the works of a diverse array of talented living artists from across the state.  This exhibit is open Jan. 20 through Feb. 15.

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania's Alexander Wilson

3rd Floor

Open through March 15, 2015, this exhibit features bird prints and first edition volumes of the 200-year-old “American Ornithology” series by Alexander Wilson. The State Library of Pennsylvania has loaned the Commonwealth’s original and recently conserved set of “American Ornithology” volumes for the exhibit. Also featured are bird specimens from the museum’s Botany and Zoology collections.