Mid Century Light Fixture
Changing Exhibits
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.

Art and Barriers

DOSHI Gallery

1st Floor


While the Susquehanna Art Museum External Link (SAM) prepares to open a new building in midtown Harrisburg, The State Museum is lending space for SAM’s popular DŌSHI Gallery that features special art exhibitions showcasing many artists from south central Pennsylvania. Art & Barriers External Link is a new exhibit that pays homage to all artists who daily break through limitations of any kind. The exhibit runs from July 20 to December 7, 2014 with an opening reception on July 27.

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.