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Press Release: July 2017 Highlights

June 19, 2017

Filed under 3rd in the Burg, Artist Conversations, Astronaut, Constellations, Curiosity Connection, Dark Star Adventure, Events, Learn at Lunchtime, Nature Lab, Planetarium, Press Releases, Programs, Storytime

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for July 2017:

StoryTime: Roadwork by Sally Sutton Friday, July 7 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Gather with us in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Exhibit to learn about our first “super-highway”. Enjoy our story, Roadwork by Sally Sutton, and sing about the big construction trucks used to build roads. StoryTime is our popular read-aloud series for children 3-5 years. Each read-aloud is held in a gallery and is followed by a related play activity or hands-on exploration of artifacts.
StoryTime is included with general admission.

Artist Conversations: Art of State Tour Friday, July 7 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Explore the 50th annual Art of the State exhibition with Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf as she and Harrisburg-area artist Andrew Guth co-lead a casual tour sharing their insights on the show. Mr. Guth’s work is this year’s first place award winner for the Works on Paper category.

Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories, Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Work on Paper.

Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. WITF Public Media and Higher Information Group are exhibit sponsors.

General admission to the Museum is free for the day.

3rd in the Burg: Art of the State, Friday, July 21, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Join us for the second event in a special summer series of 3rd in the Burg July 21 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at The State Museum. Enjoy refreshments and a tour of the 50th Anniversary Art of the State exhibition. The exhibit runs through September 10, 2017. The State Museum is free during the hours of the event as part of the 3rd in the BURG.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the State Museum.

July 2017 Nature Lab
This summer, take a staycation to The State Museum of Pennsylvania where you’ll discover interactive, hands-on learning experiences guided by specialists in fields ranging from archaeology to environmental protection. Museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania State agencies will engage in live educational presentations as they lead visitors of all ages through the rich natural world of Pennsylvania. This program runs on Wednesday and Thursdays, June 21 through August 24 at 11:30 AM. Make Nature Lab the highlight of your summer day trip to The State Museum.

Wednesday, July 5
The Wild Turkey with The State Museum’s Education Department

Thursday, July 6
Who’s Digging PA? with the State Museum’s Archaeology Section

Wednesday, July 12
Paleontology: Evolution of Snakes with Steven Jasinski, Curator, The State Museum

Thursday, July 13
Prehistory through Artifacts with The State Museum’s Archaeology Section

Wednesday, July 19
Pennsylvania Wildlife with Dr. Walter Meshaka, Sr. Curator State Museum

Thursday, July 20
Forget Me Not: Preserving Artifacts for the Future with the State Museum’s Archaeology Section

Wednesday, July 26
Bats Incredible! with Carissa Longo, Environmental Education Coordinator PA State Parks

Thursday, July 27
Flintknapping with Dr. Kurt Carr, Sr. Curator the State Museum’s Archaeology Section

Free Summer Fridays featuring Learn at Lunchtime
Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 through August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and features Learn at Lunchtime programs from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations.

Join us for the following programs:

Friday, July 7
Artist Conversations: Art of the State exhibit with PA First Lady Frances Wolf and artist Andrew Guth

Friday, July 14
The Leadership of William Penn Tour with The State Museum Education Department

Friday, July 21
Paleontology: Dinosaurs of Eastern US with Steven Jasinski, Curator The State Museum

Friday, July 28
Finding Your Civil War Ancestors: Researching Pennsylvania’s Civil War Veterans with an Archivist from the Pennsylvania State Archives

Curiosity Connection will be free, with limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

Art Docents will also be available 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Fridays to give tours in Art of the State.

The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania:
The planetarium is offering three shows from July 1 through August 27:

Astronaut (3rd Grade and up), Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 11:00 AM; Saturday 11:00 AM & 1:30 PM; and Sunday 1:30 PM
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor undertaken by humankind. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space in this show narrated by Ewan McGregor

Constellations (4th Grade and up), Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 1:00 PM; Saturday 11:30 AM & 2:00; and Sunday 2:00 PM
What are constellations? How were they created? These are just two of the questions answered about these images in the night sky. See what images we find around the globe. Explore each season and find out the basic constellations you can find in the Pennsylvania night sky.

Dark Star Adventure (Pre-K to 2nd Grade), Friday 10:30 AM
This animated, adventure lets us join Subrah and her friends as they take an unforgettable voyage of discovery. While finding their way home, you will witness the power of a supernova, explore the heart of a gaseous nebula, visit exotic pulsars, and learn about black holes.

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.

Weekend Closure:
The State Museum will be closed for electrical work Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16.

MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

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