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Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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November 2017

Museum Closure

November 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Thanksgiving Greeting

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Museum Closure

November 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Thanksgiving Greeting

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Nature Lab: Ooey Gooey Oily Process Art for ages 3 to 5

November 30 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join the Museum Educators in Nature Lab on Thursday, November 30 at 11:30 am, for Ooey Gooey Oily Process Art. Bring you 3 to 5 year old in their old clothes to study the viscosity, density, and polarity of various liquids in a fun art activity. We will also be experimenting with primary colors! This program in included with your general admission to the Museum. Program concept and image art by www.artfulparent.com

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December 2017

StoryTime December 2017

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us in Village Square to enjoy a child’s shopping spree in our story On Market Street, a Caldecott Medal award-winning book by Anita and Arnold Lobel. Take a stroll through Village Square to look at shops of long ago.  Explore toys, clothing, and other treasures once sold in those shops.  StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of…

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Nature Lab: Re-introduction of the Beaver and Elk

December 7 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Museum Educators in Nature Lab Thursday, December 7 at 11:30 AM to discuss the re-introduction of the Beaver and Elk. Find out how conservation efforts have brought back these two important animals to Pennsylvania habitats. Hands-on will be available for you to explore. This program is included with general admission to the Museum.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman

December 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us to view demonstrations and interact with Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Visitors may attend this Ground Floor event free of charge. The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's mission is to create opportunities for traditional and contemporary artists, makers, craft lovers and collectors through education, patronage, advocacy, and community.

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Nature Lab: Rocks In Our Daily Life

December 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Museum Educators in Nature Lab on Thursday, December 21 at 11:30 AM to see how humans have adapted and used rocks and minerals to enhance our environment. Explore through hands-on object examples of many of these rocks and see the surprising places we find them in our lives. This program is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Museum Closure

December 24
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed Sunday, December 24 for the Holiday.

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Noon Years

December 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Young children and their families are invited to welcome the new year during the annual “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. An opportunity for kids to enjoy their own special “ringing in the New Year.” Make a craft, snack, and dance. Take in a planetarium show (Regular Planetarium admission rates apply). The Museum’s famous firefly and balloon drop will be in Memorial Hall at 12:00 Noon. This family-friendly event is included with general admission, Planetarium fees apply. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for…

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January 2018

StoryTime January 2018

January 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us in the Transportation and Industry Gallery as we read and explore Mixed-Up Truck written by Stephen Savage. StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.

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Nature Lab: Craters! for ages 3 to 5

January 18, 2018 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Museum Educators in Nature Lab on Thursday, January 11 at 11:30 am to explore Craters! What are they, where do we find then, and how are they made? These are just a few of the questions answered. Explore craters with a fun hands-on activity and art project. Nature Lab programs are included with Museum general admission. Image Credit: NASA - Pingualuit Crater, Canada

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Nature Lab: White-Tailed Deer

January 25, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Mammal Hall

Join the Museum Educators on Thursday, November 9 at 11:30 AM in Nature Lab to discover Pennsylvania's State Mammal, the white-tailed deer. Through hands-on objects, learn about the animal and its importance to early Native Americans. This program is included with general admission to the Museum.

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February 2018

Storytime February 2018

February 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us in Ecology Hall as we read and explore Spectacular Spots written by Susan Stockdale. StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.

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Nature Lab: Magnets

February 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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For our young visitors between the ages of 3 and 5 and their parents, join us Thursday, February 8 at 11:30 AM in Nature Lab to explore magnets. Learn how magnets work and explore several magnetic activities. Nature Lab programs are include with Museum general admission

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Nature Lab: The Great Blue Heron

February 22, 2018 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Museum Educators in Nature Lab on Thursday, February 22 at 11:30 AM, to learn about one of Pennsylvania's largest birds. Easy to spot in the quiet streams and marshes of our state, come study the Great Blue Heron with hands-on objects and photographs. This program is included with Museum General Admission.

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March 2018

StoryTime March 2018

March 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us at the Summer Kitchen in Village Square as we read and explore Pancakes for Breakfast written by Tomie DePaola. StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.

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Special Exhibit: Pennsylvania Charter

March 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 11, 2018

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s birthday is exhibiting William Penn’s original copy of the 1681 Charter, the document that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn, on exhibit from March 9 through 16. The Charter Exhibit will close at 1 PM on Friday March 16th.

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Special Exhibit: Pennsylvania Charter

March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 11, 2018

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s birthday is exhibiting William Penn’s original copy of the 1681 Charter, the document that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn, on exhibit from March 9 through 16. The Charter Exhibit will close at 1 PM on Friday March 16th.

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National History Day 2017 Winners Exhibition Opens

March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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National History Day in Pennsylvania

The State Museum is displaying winning students’ entries from the 2017 National History Day in Pennsylvania competition beginning Friday, March 10, 2018 and continuing through Saturday, May 13, 2018. National History Day in Pennsylvania (NHD in PA) is a year-long classroom based program that engages students in hands-on historical research and exploration. Students select a topic based on the annual theme, research and analyze primary and secondary sources, draw conclusions, and create projects to demonstrate their learning. National History Day…

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2018 Scholastic Arts Awards

March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Scholastic Arts and Commonwealth Connections Academy Logos

The State Museum will display the winners of the 2018 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards, sponsored by Commonwealth Charter Academy, March 10 through May 6. The Regional South Central Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes students for their creative excellence in 28 different categories. Students from schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties were eligible to showcase their talents and have their entries judged by area artistic and literary professionals.

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Special Exhibit: Pennsylvania Charter

March 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 11, 2018

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s birthday is exhibiting William Penn’s original copy of the 1681 Charter, the document that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn, on exhibit from March 9 through 16. The Charter Exhibit will close at 1 PM on Friday March 16th.

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Charter Day 2018

March 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s 337th birthday on the 19th Annual Charter Day from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 11 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Admission to the Museum is free for Charter Day, Sunday, March 11th only and includes all special presentations. More information on special presentations coming soon. Space is limited for many of the special events and free timed tickets for Curiosity Connection will need to be picked up at the Ground Floor…

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Special Exhibit: Pennsylvania Charter

March 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 15, 2018

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s birthday is exhibiting William Penn’s original copy of the 1681 Charter, the document that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn, on exhibit from March 9 through 16. The Charter Exhibit will close at 1 PM on Friday March 16th.

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HomeSchool Day 2018

March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Homeschool Day

Explore Pennsylvania! -Constellations Planetarium Show -Gallery Talks with Curators -Activities and Hands-on Stations $10 per person (children under age 1 are free) Members of PA Heritage Foundation and State Museum Affiliate Members - FREE Pre-registration preferred -- call (717)772-6997

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Special Exhibit: Pennsylvania Charter

March 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 15, 2018

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s birthday is exhibiting William Penn’s original copy of the 1681 Charter, the document that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn, on exhibit from March 9 through 16. The Charter Exhibit will close at 1 PM on Friday March 16th.

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Special Exhibit: Pennsylvania Charter

March 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Pennsylvania State Archives in celebrating the Commonwealth’s birthday is exhibiting William Penn’s original copy of the 1681 Charter, the document that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn, on exhibit from March 9 through 16. The Charter Exhibit will close at 1 PM on Friday March 16th.

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April 2018

Rolling Gallery Closures

April 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Museum galleries will experience rolling closures throughout the day to accommodate early Pennsylvania Geography Bee competitive rounds. We appreciate your patience.

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StoryTime April 2018

April 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us in Curiosity Connection as we read and explore When Spring Comes written by Kevin Henkes. StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.

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2018 Pennsylvania Geography Bee

April 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be hosting the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee on Friday, April 6. The final rounds will begin around 3:00 PM in The Museum auditorium. Students from around the state will be competing to head to Washington D.C. to participate the National Geography Bee. Please Note: Museum galleries will experience rolling closures between 12:00 Noon and 3:00 PM to accommodate early Geography Bee competitive rounds. We appreciate your patience.

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