Student examining rock at The State Museum of PA
Virtual and In-person Learning

Participate in hands-on classes and gallery tours.

Virtual and In-person Learning

The State Museum’s parent agency, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will begin welcoming visitors to state-owned historic sites and museums, including The State Museum on Friday, April 30 with reduced hours of operation and limited capacity.

Groups, of all types, will not be booked until the Fall. Large walk-in groups will be asked to split into smaller groups to enter the building.

Please explore our virtual learning opportunities. 

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Virtual Learning

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General Information

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Required: 1 adult must accompany student groups
  • Grade Level: 2nd through 6th
  • Classes align with National Common Core Standards.
  • Group admission and fees apply

Available Classes

  • Native Americans of Pennsylvania: The Late Woodland Lenape
    Examine the daily life of the Lenape Indians. Use of historic objects and reproductions in the program are fundamental to learning how the Native Americans in Pennsylvania lived and worked. Maximum Class Size: 65 people
  • William Penn: The Life and Times of Pennsylvania’s Founding Father
    Dive into the life of William Penn and the early settlers of Pennsylvania. This presentation engages students in an artifact and image enriched study of the life and times of William Penn. Maximum Class Size: 65 people
  • Rocks in our Daily Life
    See how humans have adapted and used rocks and minerals to enhance our environment. Explore examples of many of these rocks and see the surprising places we find them in our daily lives. Maximum Class Size: 25 people


General Information

  • Duration: 35 to 45 minutes
  • Required: 1 adult must accompany student groups
  • Maximum:  20 children, 4 adults per StoryTime
  • Grade Level: 2 years old to Pre-Kindergarten
  • Note:
    • Only 2 Story Time lessons are scheduled per month. Please, book your visit early.
    • StoryTime is unavailable in April and May.
  • Each child receives an activity page to take home.
  • StoryTime aligns with Pennsylvania Learning Standards.
  • Please contact us for available books and topics
  • Group admission and fees apply

Gallery Tours

General Information

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Required: 1 adult must accompany student groups
  • Maximum: 25 people
  • Grade Level: 4th grade and up
  • Note: gallery tours are unavailable in April and May due to high volume visitation
  • Tours align with National Common Core Standards.
  • Group admission and fees apply
  • Archaeology and Anthropology
    Examine the basic principles of archaeology using the reconstructed dig site and explore the tools and objects of the Native Americans who lived here in Pennsylvania.
  • Life through Time
    Take a journey through billions of years and explore the formation of our planet, atmosphere, and climate and how these changes have impacted the adaptation and evolution of life on Earth.
  • Machines through Time
    Journey through time to see how man has adapted raw power and modern innovations to make work easier. Take a closer look at the history and impact of industry and technology in Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Icons
    Get an overview of the founding of our state and nation, landscape, industries, products, and people who make Pennsylvania unique.
  • Museum Highlights
    Put your sneakers on and be ready to explore! This tour will feature the major highlights found in the Museum galleries including everything from William Penn, The Battle of Pickett’s Charge, the Marshalls Creek Mastodon, and much more.