The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for January 2020:
StoryTime: Charlotte the Scientist is Squished, Friday, January 3, 10:30 AM
The children’s book Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros, about a bunny who solves a big problem using the scientific method, will be read in the museum’s Nature Lab. Following the reading, children will have the opportunity to try some science experiments of their own. StoryTime is the museum’s popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5 and is included with general admission.
Curiosity Kids: Owls, Thursday, January 9, 11:30 AM
Museum educators will discuss owls and their unique adaptations in the museum’s Nature Lab. Children will then craft an owl to take home with them. Curiosity Kids is a program that bridges the fun of Curiosity Connection with the wonders of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Museum educators guide parents, and their children, aged 3 to 6, on fascinating trips through history. Hands-on experiments in science and art offer enlightening views of the world. This program is included with general admission.
Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911–1919
This new exhibit features more than 50 original sketches by mural artist Violet Oakley from the collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit will run through April 26.
Learn at Lunchtime: Picturing a More Perfect Union, Friday, January 17, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Museum art docents will lead a tour of the exhibit Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911-1919. This program is included with general admission.
Tour of Violet Oakley Senate Chamber Murals, Sunday, January 26, 2:00 PM
Jason Wilson, historian for the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, will offer tours of the history and preservation of Violet Oakley’s Senate Chamber murals from the floor of the Senate. This tour will meet and begin at the 3rd Street doors of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.
Nature Lab: Rock Identification, Thursday, January 23, 11:30 AM
Museum educators will offer tips on how to identify different kinds of rocks by examining cleavage, hardness, luster and even taste. This program is included with general admission.
January Museum Closures: The State Museum will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020, for the holiday.
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering two shows from December 4 through March 1.
C.O.L.E. & C.A.M.I. Explore the Planets (Kindergarten to Grade 2)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 AM; Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM
In this production of The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, two friendly robots take young viewers on an exploration of the planets to show what makes each one unique.
Constellations (Grade 4 and up)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday, 2:00 PM
What are constellations? How were they created? These are just two of the questions covered about these night-sky images in this production of The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Viewers will learn what a constellation really is and who is responsible for creating them and will then explore each season to find which basic constellations can be found in the Pennsylvania night sky.
Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation. Planetarium shows are subject to change without prior notification. Please check www.statemuseumpa.org Event Calendar for the latest show dates and times.
ABOUT THE STATE MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.
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).
The State Museum has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All. This program enables low-income families to visit participating museums for a nominal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.
MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639
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