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Changing Exhibits
National History Day in Pennsylvania

National History Day in Pennsylvania

1st Floor


The State Museum is displaying winning entries from the 2015 National History Day in Pennsylvania competition from March 11 through May 1. This year-long classroom based program engages students in hands-on historical research and exploration. National History Day in Pennsylvania is managed by the Army Heritage Center Foundationlocated in Carlisle, PA and is represented throughout the state by eleven regional affiliates that coordinate activities in 57 counties across Pennsylvania.

“Blue Haze” by Randy Zigo, the 2016 Working Together for Wildlife artwork depicting the Great Blue Heron

Working Together for Wildlife: Three Decades of Pennsylvania’s Nature in Art

3rd Floor


Open April 8 through September 11, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is pleased to present original artworks from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s stunning Working Together for Wildlife collection in a special exhibit at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. This exhibition is included with general admission to The Museum.

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We’re Here: Pioneering LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania

2nd Floor


Open April 13 through October 30, 2016, this exhibit focuses on the equality movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the late 1960s and its progress in the Commonwealth during the 1970s. The show focuses on the partnership between dedicated LGBT activist coalitions and Governor Milton J. Shapp, leading to unprecedented executive action in Pennsylvania for LGBT equality and features photographs, documents and objects related to this movement.

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Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture

1st Floor


Extended through April 24, 2016, this photography exhibit honors iconic modern architecture “hidden in plain sight” throughout the commonwealth. Buildings designed by world-famous architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn and others were captured by photographers.