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Permanent Exhibits
Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall

1st Floor


This central hall is dedicated to the vision of Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn. It features a colossal bronze statue of Penn by Pennsylvania sculptor Janet de Coux, Vincent Maragliotti’s sweeping mural above depicting Pennsylvania’s history up to 1964, and a large raised relief map of the state.

Brockerhoff House

Brockerhoff House

1st Floor


Th replica façade of the Brockerhoff House comes from a mansion found in Bellefonte, Center County, PA in 1833. Inside is featured a Federal style dining room furnished with items circa 1790-1800 and a Victorian style parlor with furnishings circa 1850-1875.

The Fine Art of Giving

Fine Art of Giving

1st Floor


The fine art featured in the gallery is from The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s collection, given by generous donors from 1998 to 2008.

Village Square

Village Square

1st Floor


This live-size streetscape features historic fa├žades typical of 19th century Pennsylvania towns and villages. It features a summer kitchen, general store, tin shop, and much more.

Anthropology & Archaeology Gallery

Anthropology and Archaeology Gallery

2nd Floor


Explore Pennsylvania’s early Native American cultures and learn how archaeologists discover the past through excavations, collections, and research.

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Industry & Technology Exhibit

Transportation & Industry

2nd Floor


Explore the historic tools, machines, and vehicles from Pennsylvania’s rich industrial past. See how Pennsylvania is a keystone linking the nation through transportation and industry.

As we strive to provide new and exciting exhibits for our visitors, portions of this gallery may be unavailable due to construction. We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption to your visit.

Objects of Valor Civil War Gallery

Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania

2nd Floor


Featuring the narrative painting “Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett’s Charge” (1870), by Peter F. Rothermel, this exhibition showcases the museum’s collection of artifacts that reflect the preservation and interpretation of the Commonwealth’s Civil War experience.

Hall of Geology

Hall of Geology

3rd Floor


Experience the early Earth and its formation while exploring the abundant rocks and minerals, landforms, and tectonic movements that have made Pennsylvania.

Life Through Time

Life Through Time

3rd Floor


Travel through time and experience the ancient flora and fauna, from the Precambrian to Cenozoic periods. See a recreation Carboniferous Forest and the Marshalls Creek Mastodon, one of the most complete specimens of its kind in North America.

Mammal Hall

Mammal Hall

3rd Floor


The State Museum’s most popular and enduring exhibit offers timeless dioramas depicting common and rare species of Pennsylvania in their natural habitats.

Ecology Hall

Ecology Hall

3rd Floor


Study Pennsylvania’s major ecosystems and the wildlife and plants that are found in each. Learn about Pennsylvanians who have made an impact on our environment and how we too can be good stewards for our state.