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Press Release: February 2016 Highlights

January 21, 2016

Filed under Changing Exhibits, Exhibits, Legends of the Night Sky: Orion, Pennsylvania Icons, Planetarium, Press Releases, Star Stories of the Native Americans, Storytime

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for February 2016:

Artist Conversation: PA Modern

Join us 2:00 PM Sunday, February 21 for a special presentation and tour focusing on the architecture of The State Museum and Archives Complex as captured by photographers in The State Museum’s changing exhibit PA Modern: A Photography Exhibit of Midcentury Architecture. The presentation will feature Preservation PA Executive Director Melinda Crawford and exhibit co-curator Carol Buck. Event is included with museum admission.

PA Modern honors iconic modern architecture throughout the commonwealth and documents this important architecture which is often “hidden in plain sight.” Photographers focused on both the details and the overall views of residences, schools, commercial structures, religious buildings, among others. Buildings designed by several world-famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and Louis Kahn were captured by photographers for the show. PA Modern runs through April 24.

Curiosity Connection StoryTime Winter Series:

Storytime at Curiosity Connection is The State Museum’s popular reading series for children aged 3-5 that takes place at select times during the calendar year. Held in Curiosity Connection, the museum’s engaging early learning space, each reading includes a related play activity with some programs continuing into a museum gallery where the activity highlights an artifact or museum feature.

All StoryTime events begin at 10:00 AM and are included with general admission to the museum.

Friday, February 26 featuring Roadwork by Sally Sutton

Friday, March 4 featuring Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Friday, March 11featuring Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Friday, March 18 featuring Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown

The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering two shows from February 5 – February 28:

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion (Pre-K to 1st Grade):

Narrated by Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, this fully animated cartoon takes a light-hearted look at the myths and stories associated with the winter constellation Orion, the great hunter, and how he and his hunting dogs came to be in the night sky.

Friday 11:00 AM

Saturday 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Sunday 1:00 PM

Star Stories of the Native Americans (Grade 2 and up):

This traditionally styled show explores the night sky legends of the Native Americans. Hear the stories of the great sky bear, the frog sisters and the pathway of souls. Take an up close view of these amazing celestial sights and explore the modern astronomy behind the legends.

Friday 2:00 PM

Saturday 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission.  Planetarium admission is free to State Museum Affiliates and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation members.

Featured Exhibits:

Pennsylvania Icons: This new exhibit tells the story of our commonwealth, its people and the role they played in shaping the nation. Visitors will see artifacts related to Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, as well as objects from Pennsylvania’s lumber, iron, steel, coal and oil industries. Pennsylvania Icons includes an array of art work from Pennsylvania artists ranging from Charles Willson Peale to Violet Oakley to Andy Warhol, plus examples of iconic Pennsylvania products from Hershey Kisses to Martin Guitar to Mack Trucks.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike: America’s First Superhighway: The first in a series of modular upgrades to the museum’s popular second floor gallery, this new exhibit highlights the Turnpike’s contribution to the ongoing quest to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.  By tunneling through the mountains rather than routing over or around them, and maintaining uniform design and construction standards across its entire length, the original 160-mile section of roadway cut travel time between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh by nearly half.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).

MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639