Changing Exhibits
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.

Mural: Violet Oakley, General George Washington and the Troops of the Revolution, c. 1917, Mural in Senate Chamber of Pennsylvania State Capitol Mural image courtesy of Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee; Drawing, Collection of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, PHMC.
Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911-1919

1st Floor


The new exhibit will feature more than 50 of Violet Oakley’s original sketches for the Pennsylvania State Capitol Senate Chamber murals from the collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit will run November 22, 2019 – April 26, 2020.

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 run March 1, 2020-January 3, 2021.

2020 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards

1st Floor


The 2020 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards recognizes students for their creative excellence. Students from schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties showcase their talents and are juried by area artistic and literary professionals. March 7 through April 26, 2020 the winners of the 2020 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards will be on exhibit.

Future City Competition
2019-2020 Future City Competition

1st Floor


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 year’s theme is “Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow.” The winners from 2019-2020 Future City competition will be on display March 7 – April 26, 2020.

National History Day in Pennsylvania
2019 National History Day in Pennsylvania

1st Floor


Winning student entries from the 2019 National History Day in Pennsylvania competition will be displayed from March 7 through April 26, 2020. 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.