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Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture

1st Floor

Open October 25 through February 28, 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.

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What's Inside?

2nd Floor

The Pennsylvania State Archives has unveiled “What’s Inside? Celebrating 50 Years in the State Archives Tower.” This exhibit is located in the History Alcove on the Second Floor. Important documents displayed include: Pennsylvania’s Gradual Abolition Act of 1780, an Indian Deed from Tamanen to William Penn from 1683, and an original 1880 Federal Census book. Topics include: Famous Pennsylvanians, Pennsylvania’s Story, Documents that Protect You, and Protecting Records in the State Archives.

Stories from the Home Front: Pennsylvania in the Civil War

Stories from the Home Front: Pennsylvania in the Civil War

1st Floor

This interactive exhibit explores major themes about Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War. Through stereoscopic photographs, original compositions of Civil War-era music and sound effects, interactive maps, hands-on objects and animated storytelling, the exhibit conveys accounts of the many ways Pennsylvania’s men, women, children and communities experienced the Civil War – both on the battlefield and the home front.

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania's Alexander Wilson

3rd Floor

Open through January 3, 2016, this exhibit features bird prints and first edition volumes of the 200-year-old “American Ornithology” series by Alexander Wilson. The State Library of Pennsylvania has loaned the Commonwealth’s original and recently conserved set of “American Ornithology” volumes for the exhibit. Also featured are bird specimens from the museum’s Botany and Zoology collections.