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Changing Exhibits
Art of the State 2015

Art of the State

1st Floor


The “48th Annual Art of the State Juried Exhibition” will be showing from June 28 through September 13. Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. The exhibition showcases  the talents of 126 pieces from 122 artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. All works are available for online viewing. “Art of the State” is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

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 role 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.

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania's Alexander Wilson

3rd Floor


Open through January 3, 2016, 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.