Changing Exhibits
Dressed for Service: Pennsylvanians in the Great War

1st Floor


This exhibit documents the service of six Pennsylvanians and the contributions of their organizations during World War I. These volunteers preserved their stories through the clothing and the personal effects that they saved. This exhibit is on display through Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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 29, 2019.

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

1st Floor


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 December 29, 2019.

Innovative Means: Photography from the Collection

1st Floor


Spanning almost 80 years, the 29 photographs from The Museum’s Fine Art Collection reveal a timeline of innovations in fine art photography. While advancing camera and film technologies changed mobility and speed, photographers continued to experiment with alternative methods through the lens, from the darkroom and into the age of digital media. On display through February 17, 2019.

Restoring Mammal Hall: A 50th Anniversary Profile

3rd Floor


The Museum included Mammal Hall in the architectural plans in 1965. It took a team of curators, artists, and preparators, 3 years to complete, which opened in June 1968. As the 50th anniversary of Mammal Hall approached, it was clear that the dioramas needed—and deserved—more than a cleaning. This exhibit explores the science and art behind the 3 year restoration project.

2019 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards

1st Floor


Open March 9th through May 5th, the winners of the 2019 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards will be on exhibition. The Regional South Central Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes students for their creative excellence. Students from schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties showcase their talents are juried by area artistic and literary professionals.

Future City Competition
2018-2019 Future City Competition

1st Floor


The Museum will be exhibiting the top 3 winners from 2018-2019 Future City competition. Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that show their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. This years theme Powering Our Future. On display March 9-May 5, 2019.

National History Day in Pennsylvania
2018 National History Day in Pennsylvania

2nd Floor


Winning student entries from the 2018 National History Day in Pennsylvania competition will be displayed from Saturday, March 9, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019. National History Day in Pennsylvania is a year-long classroom based program engaging students in hands-on historical research. Students select a topic based on the annual theme, research and analyze primary and secondary sources, draw conclusions, and create projects to demonstrate their learning. National History Day in Pennsylvania is managed by the Army Heritage Center Foundation.