Group Reservations

Groups, of all types, will not be booked until Fall 2021. Large walk-in groups will be asked to split into smaller groups to enter the building. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important updates.

Group General Admission

Price Admission Type
$4 each Student
$4 each Chaperone
Free Teacher/Group Leader, and Medical Personnel required by group

Group Fees for Planetarium, StoryTime, Classes and Tours

Price Admission Type
$2 each + museum admission Planetarium show
$1 each + planetarium show Pre-show Tonight’s Sky
$2 each Additional planetarium show
$2 each + museum admission Classes
$2 each + museum admission Tours (unavailable April & May)
$2 each + museum admission StoryTime (unavailable April & May)

Reservation Information

  • A group must consist of 10 people or more.
  • Membership benefits, passes,  and other discounts do not apply to group visits.
  • Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance or standard admission fees will apply.
  • Saturday or Sunday groups must pay their fees the Friday (by 4PM) before scheduled arrival.
  • Groups rates for classes, tours, and planetarium do not apply to free or discounted admission days.
  • Group admission rates include 45 minutes of play in Curiosity Connection for guests age 5 and under and their chaperones. This time is scheduled before 10AM. If more play time is preferred, standard general admission fees will apply.
  • We reserve the right to sell tickets into all scheduled planetarium shows and programs. For a private planetarium show, additional fee applies, ask our reservationist.
  • Groups with scheduled classes, tours or planetarium shows must arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Group Admission Fees must be paid at one time. Individual visitors, within a group making payments, do not qualify as a group and will be charged the general admission rates.
  • If your group has special needs accommodation, please let us know when you make your reservation.
  • The State Museum reserves the right to adjust all rates and fees without prior notice.
  • Please let us know if you must cancel your visit by calling 717-772-6997. You must contact the Museum separately from the Capitol.

Bag Limitations

Students may not carry bags or backpacks through the Museum. All adult bags larger than 12” wide x 12” high x 4” deep are required to be stowed in the Orientation Room.

  • Exception will be made for the group leader and medical personnel only.
  • Promote “If you don’t need it; don’t bring it” with your students, chaperones, and additional staff.
  • The Museum reserves the right to inspect all bags.
  • The Museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen item.
  • Lockers are available for chaperone bags, on a limited basis.

Please Note: Non-adherence to bag limitations may delay your groups entrance to the Museum disrupting your schedule for the day.


  • The Museum does not have an inside area for groups to eat. Our outside plaza is available in good weather.
  • Bagged lunches must be in boxes or coolers clearly labelled with the Group Name/Teacher Name and will be stowed in the Orientation Room.
  • Refrigeration is unavailable
  • Food or beverages of any kind, including water, are not allowed in the Museum Galleries.
  • All food and drink must be stored in the Orientation Room.

Reservation Office

  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Phone: (717) 772-6997
  • Email: Reservations Desk

Pre-Visit Information

  • Check your confirmation email to make sure your reservation is correct.
  • Download and print a copy of the Museum Map. PDF Document
  • Download and print copies of the State Museum of PA Scavenger HuntPDF Document
  • Click here to print the Scavenger Hunt Answer KeyPDF Document
  • Prior to arriving, please review our Guidelines for Teachers and Chaperones. PDF Document
  • Upon arrival, Group leaders should check in with Museum staff at the group entrance on North Street prior to the group entering the building.
  • Group lunches must be stored in boxes or coolers and distinctly marked with the school name and teacher name. The Museum is not responsible for loss or damage of lunches.


Our Bus Lane, beside the Museum on North Street just before the Third Street intersection, is reserved for bus drop off and pick up only. Buses are permitted to return 15 minutes before scheduled pick up. No bus parking is available in the Capitol Complex.

  • Street Parking and Garages
    Or call Park Harrisburg at (717) 255-3099
  • Farm Show Complex
    Must call ahead to reserve, contact Farm Show security at (717) 346-4233