Changing Exhibits
The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017

1st Floor


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the annual juried exhibition Art of the State, This exhibit is showcasing featured works that were purchased by the museum and added to its permanent collections over five decades. This exhibit will remain open from October 20, 2017 through February 18, 2018.

T.M Fowler's Birds-eye Views of Pennsylvania Towns & Cities
Every Thing of Interest Shown: T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views, 1885-1905

1st Floor


During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Thaddeus Mortimer (T.M.) Fowler produced more bird’s eye views of American cities and towns than any other artist. Over half of his more than 400 town views depict communities in Pennsylvania. This new exhibit will showcase a sampling of original Fowler lithographic prints produced between 1885-1905. This exhibit will be open through May 6, 2018. Click for more information.

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

1st Floor


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 30, 2018.

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.  On display through December 30, 2018.

2018 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards

1st Floor


Open March 10th through May 6th, the winners of the 2018 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards will be on exhibition. The Regional South Central Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes students for their creative excellence. Students from schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties showcase their talents are juried by area artistic and literary professionals.

National History Day in Pennsylvania
2017 National History Day in Pennsylvania

2nd Floor


Winning student entries from the 2017 National History Day in Pennsylvania competition will be displayed from Saturday, March 10, 2018 through Sunday, May 13, 2018. 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.