Changing Exhibits
Art of the State

1st Floor

Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists showing September 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper.

Art of the State is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in association with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.

Witness to History: Colonel Paul Evanko's 9/11 Field Notes

1st Floor

“Witness to History” features Col. Paul Evanko’s, head of PA State Police, actual handwritten field notes from the morning of 9/11. These documents, on public display for the very first time, detail the rapid unfolding of events and offer a minute-by-minute accounting of decisions made to secure the Shanksville, PA crash site and protect Pennsylvanians. This exhibit will be open September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022.

Game Changers: Pennsylvania Women Who Made History

1st Floor

This display celebrates women from across the state representing diverse fields including education, science, business, human rights advocacy, and the arts –and details the contributions they made as well as the challenges they faced in their lifetimes.

Women's Suffrage Convention Scranton, Pennsylvania 1914 PA State Archives
Why Not in Pennsylvania? Campaigning for Women's Suffrage in the Keystone State

1st Floor

The campaign to achieve women’s suffrage accelerated during the 1910s. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the exhibit will focus/focuses on key moments and personalities in Pennsylvania in the decade leading up to ratification. This exhibit will close January 2, 2022.

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.