Changing Exhibits
Art of the State

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Coming Soon. 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

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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

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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.

Restoring Mammal Hall: A 50th Anniversary Profile

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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.