Changing Exhibits
Art of the State

1st Floor


Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists showing June 23 – September 8, 2019. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper and includes 110 works of art by 103 artists from 35 counties. A gallery of works is available here.

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

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.

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.