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.
Opening Fall of 2015
This exciting new exhibit features over 350 collection items and takes a look at how Pennsylvania has uniquely influenced our nation’s development through its people, places, products, and events.
The replica façade of the Brockerhoff House comes from a mansion found in Bellefonte, Centre County, PA in 1833.
The Brockerhoff House will be unavailable for viewing due to the gallery renovations required for the new Pennsylvania Icons exhibit. The Brockerhoff Facade will re-open along with Pennsylvania Icons in Fall 2015.
Fine Art of Giving
As of July 29, the Fine Art of Giving will be closing to make way for an exciting new exhibit, Pennsylvania Icons coming Fall 2015.
This live-size streetscape features historic façades typical of 19th century Pennsylvania towns and villages. It features a summer kitchen, general store, tin shop, and much more.
Transportation & Industry
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 are unavailable due to construction. Look for a new exhibit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the fall of 2015.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike
Opening October 2015 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, this upgrade to the Transportation & Industry Gallery tells the story behind the construction, operation and expansion of America’s first superhighway. The exhibit features a fully reconstructed 1940 Turnpike tollbooth, along with dozens of other original artifacts, films and photographs.
Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania
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
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
Travel through time and experience the ancient flora and fauna, from the Precambrian to Cenozoic periods. See the Marshalls Creek Mastodon, one of the most complete specimens of its kind in North America.
The Carboniferous Forest is under renovation. The refurbished exhibit will include new specimens and interactives. Re-opening fall of 2015. Unless workers are eaten by giant, 2-foot long mosquitoes!
The State Museum’s most popular and enduring exhibit offers timeless dioramas depicting common and rare species of Pennsylvania in their natural habitats.
Starting in February 2015 portions of Mammal Hall may be unavailable. This beloved exhibit is being cleaned and repaired for our visitors to enjoy for another 50 years.
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.