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June 2017

StoryTime June 2017

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Gather with us outside under the trees (weather permitting) to celebrate this year’s PA One Book Every Young Child featured selection: Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer.  We’ll create a poem together about our favorite things in the museum, listen to the story, and end with a fun song about the story characters. 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…

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Exhibit Opening: Art of the State 2017

June 11 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The 50th Annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists.

The 50th Annual 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. Opening ceremony starts at 1:30 PM and is open to the public. The gallery opening and reception will immediately following the opening ceremony. The exhibit runs from June 11 through September 10, 2017. Museum general admission is free for the day. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street…

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Free Summer Friday

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Art of the State

June 16 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The 50th Annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists.

Join us at 12:15 PM for an exciting look at the 50th Anniversary Art of the State exhibition. The 50th Annual 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. The exhibit runs from June 11 through September 10, 2017. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. WITF Public Media and Higher Information…

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3rd in the Burg: Mammal Hall

June 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us to kick off a special summer series of 3rd in the Burg gatherings at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Enjoy refreshments and a behind-the-scenes tour of the exciting restoration Mammal Hall, our famous dioramas of Pennsylvania nature scenes. 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.  

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Victorian Dance Ensemble

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Victorian Dance Ensemble

In honor of the Civil War Days in Harrisburg, join us for demonstrations of Victorian dance by The Victorian Dance Ensemble. Stop by Memorial Hall to explore period costumes, artifacts and dance! Dance demonstrations will occur in Memorial Hall at 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM. General admission to the State Museum is free for the day. The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, is a group of about fifty living historians who share…

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Father’s Day Celebration

June 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers Wordshop & Life Esteem Inc. presents a “Father's Day Celebration", on Sunday, June 18th. General admission to the State Museum is free for the day. For more information contact Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden at (717) 608-2312 or pgadsden@aol.com

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Nature Lab: Pennsylvania Wildlife

June 21 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Dr. Walter Meshaka in Nature Lab

Join Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Wednesday, June 21 at 11:30 AM to discuss Pennsylvania's wildlife. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Flintknapping

June 22 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Flint Knapping

Join Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab on Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 AM to learn how Native Americans made arrowheads and spear points. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Mammal Hall Conservation Project

June 23 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Beth Hager, Director of The State Museum Friday, June 23 and 12:15 PM in Mammal Hall to explore this phase of Mammal Hall conservation project. Learn at Lunchtime is a free program.

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Museum Closure

June 24 @ 9:00 am - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Museum will be closed Saturday and Sunday June 24-25. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continuing patience. A Message about the Closures At 53 years of age, our Midcentury Modern State Museum and State Archives Complex is getting some timely upgrades over the next couple of years. Currently, there is a major electrical upgrade project underway that requires us to close for two weekends during the summer:  Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25 and Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16. We apologize for…

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Nature Lab: Pennsylvania Wildlife

June 28 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Dr. Walter Meshaka

Join Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Wednesday, June 28 at 11:30 AM to discuss Pennsylvania's wildlife. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Pots of Clay and What They Say

June 29 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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James Herbstritt

Join Jim Herbstritt and Kim Sebestyen, Curators of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Nature Lab on Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 AM to take a look at their work with clay pots to see what archaeologist can discover from these everyday objects. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

June 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction Program

June 30 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Peregrine Falcon

Join us Friday, June 30 and 12:15 PM in Nature Lab to Learn all about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s exciting and successful 21-year Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction Program with presenters from PA Department of Environmental Protection. Learn at Lunchtime is a free program.

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July 2017

Nature Lab: The Wild Turkey

July 5 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Museum Educator Cherie Trimble in Nature Lab Wednesday, July 5 at 11:30 AM to take a close look at one of Pennsylvania's largest birds, the wild turkey. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Who’s Digging PA?

July 6 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join David Burke and Elizabeth Wagner, Curators of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Nature Lab on Thursday, July 6 at 11:30 AM to take current archaeology research happening throughout Pennsylvania. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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StoryTime July 2017

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Ping! Bang! Boom! Whoosh! Crunch! Come watch the busy workers and their big trucks. They’re building a road. What hard and noisy work! Join us as we read and explore Roadwork by Sally Sutton. 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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Learn at Lunchtime: Art of the State

July 7 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The 50th Annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists.

Join us at 12:15 PM for an exciting look at the 50th Anniversary Art of the State exhibition. The 50th Annual 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. The exhibit runs from June 11 through September 10, 2017. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. WITF Public Media and Higher Information…

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Nature Lab: Paleontology

July 12 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Steve Jasinski

Join Steve Jasinski, Senior Curator of Paleontology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Wednesday, July 12 at 11:30 AM to discuss his latest research. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Prehistory through Artifiacts

July 13 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Curator Janet Johnson

Join Janet Johnson, Curator of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Nature Lab on Thursday, July 13 at 11:30 AM to take a look at study prehistory through artifacts. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: The Leadership of William Penn

July 14 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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William Penn in Armor

Join Museum Educator Cherie Trimble for Learn at Lunchtime at 12:15 PM at the Statue of William Penn in Memorial Hall to discuss Pennsylvania's Founding Father, William Penn. Take a closer look at the life, beliefs, and leadership style that created our Commonwealth.

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Museum Closure

July 15 @ 9:00 am - July 16 @ 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The Museum will be closed Saturday and Sunday July 15-16. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continuing patience. A Message about the Closures At 53 years of age, our Midcentury Modern State Museum and State Archives Complex is getting some timely upgrades over the next couple of years. Currently, there is a major electrical upgrade project underway that requires us to close for two weekends during the summer:  Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25 and Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16. We apologize for…

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Nature Lab: Pennsylvania Wildlife

July 19 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Dr. Walter Meshaka in Nature Lab

Join Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Wednesday, July 19 at 11:30 AM to discuss Pennsylvania's wildlife. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Forget Me Not

July 20 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fluted points are the hallmark artifact of the Paleoindian period

Join Andrea Carr and Callista Holmes, Archaeology Lab Managers at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Nature Lab on Thursday, July 20 at 11:30 AM to take a look at how archaeologists label artifacts for the future. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Paleontology

July 21 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Steve Jasinski

Join Steve Jasinski, Senior Curator of Paleontology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Friday, July 21 at 12:15 PM to discuss his latest research. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab: Bats Incredible!

July 26 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Big Brown Bat

Join Carissa Longo, Environmental Education Program Coordinator for DCNR-PA State Parks, in Nature Lab on Wednesday, July 26 at 11:30 for an interactive, hour long session all about the 2nd largest mammal species on Earth- BATS! These incredible, often misunderstood animals are the only truly flying mammal, can see the width of one human hair in complete darkness (using echolocation), and can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes per hour. Unfortunately, there will be no live bats at this program. This…

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Flintknapping

July 27 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Flint Knapping

Join Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Nature Lab on Thursday, July 27 at 11:30 AM to how Native Americans made arrowheads and spear points. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Finding Your Civil War Ancestors

July 28 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Solders of Co. A Landis Independent Artillery, Pennsylvania Malitia, July 1863 (Pennsylvania State Archives/MG218)

Join Archivists from The Pennsylvania State Archives , Friday, July 28 and 12:15 PM in the Susquehanna Room on the Ground Floor of The State Museum of Pennsylvania to explore "Finding Your Civil War Ancestors: Researching Pennsylvania's Civil War Veterans". Focusing on how to research and document the military service of Pennsylvania’s Civil War veterans, this program will take a closer look at available indexes, the principle types of records, what information one can expect to find, and where to…

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August 2017

Nature Lab: Pennsylvania Wildlife

August 2 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Dr. Walter Meshaka

Join Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Wednesday, August 2 at 11:30 AM to discuss Pennsylvania's wildlife. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab: Paleontology

August 3 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Steve Jasinski

Join Steve Jasinski, Senior Curator of Paleontology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Thursday, August 3 at 11:30 AM to discuss his latest research. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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StoryTime August 2017

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we read and explore Perfect Square by Michael Hall. 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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Learn at Lunchtime: Pennsylvania Birds

August 4 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Scott Bills presents Pennsylvania Birds in Nature Lab

Join Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer with the PA Game Commission, Friday, August 4 at 12:15 PM in Nature Lab to experience an up-close encounter with fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of Pennsylvania birds. This Museum program is free.

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Nature Lab: Paleontology

August 9 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Steve Jasinski

Join Steve Jasinski, Senior Curator of Paleontology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Thursday, August 9 at 11:30 AM to discuss his latest research. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Discovering Petroglyphs in Pennsylvania

August 10 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join the Elizabeth Wagner and Melanie Mayhew, Curators of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Nature Lab on Thursday, August 10 at 11:30 AM to take at petroglyphs and where you can find them in Pennsylvania. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Pennsylvania Icons Highlight Tour

August 11 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Pennsylvania Icons logo

Join Museum Educator Cherie Trimble at 12:15PM Friday, August 11 at the statue of William Penn in Memorial Hall to start your tour of the Pennsylvania Icons Gallery. Get an overview of the founding of our state and nation, landscape, industries, products, and people who make Pennsylvania unique. Learn at Lunchtime is a free program.

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Nature Lab: Pennsylvania Wildlife

August 16 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Dr. Walter Meshaka in Nature Lab

Join Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Wednesday, August 16 at 11:30 AM to discuss Pennsylvania's wildlife. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Nature Lab Archaeology: Prehistory through Artifacts

August 17 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Curator Janet Johnson

Join Janet Johnson, Curator of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab on Thursday, August 17 at 11:30 AM to take a look at how Archaeologists study prehistory through artifacts. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Free Summer Friday

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Nature Lab: Pennsylvania Birds

August 18 @ 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Scott Bills presents Pennsylvania Birds in Nature Lab

Join Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer with the PA Game Commission, Friday, August 18 at 11:30 AM in Nature Lab to experience an up-close encounter with fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of Pennsylvania birds. This Museum program is free.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Eclipse Across America

August 18 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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2017 Eclipse Across America

Join us in the Planetarium for "Eclipse Across America" at 12:15PM. What is an eclipse? How are they created? What are the different types of eclipses? Take a close look at these amazing celestial events and learn where you can observe the eclipse across America this summer. This show is free, but space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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Free Summer Friday

August 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Fridays this summer at The State Museum will be free from June 16 – August 25. This program gives our guests free general admission to the museum for the day and feature Learn at Lunchtime from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM highlighting a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. Curiosity Connection will have free, limited timed-tickets available for 45 minutes of play per hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Regular Planetarium admission rates apply.

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Learn at Lunchtime: Pennsylvania at War

August 25 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join our Curator of Military & Industrial History Robert Hill to explore our Pennsylvania at War exhibit. This exhibit explores the USS Pennsylvania, flagship of the U.S. Navy which was damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 75 year ago this December 7.  Including a 6-foot ship model, the centerpiece from the ship’s silver service, uniforms, and personal effects of crew members, the display commemorates the ship’s incredible witness to history.   In addition, a companion exhibit, World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State…

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September 2017

StoryTime September 2017

September 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 as we read and explore Leafman by Lois Ehlert. 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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Learn at Lunchtime: Art of the State

September 8 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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The 50th Annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists.

Join us at 12:15 PM for an exciting look at the 50th Anniversary Art of the State exhibition. The 50th Annual 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. The exhibit runs from June 11 through September 10, 2017. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. WITF Public Media and Higher Information…

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Gallery Walk 2017

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Gallery Walk

The State Museum of Pennsylvania is open for Gallery Walk. This is the last day to explore this year's Art of the State before it closes. General Admission to the Museum is free for the day.

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October 2017

StoryTime October 2017

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we read and explore Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Alexia B. White. 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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National Fossil Day

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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National Fossil Day October 11, 2017

Join us in celebrating National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 11 in the Paleontology Gallery. This year’s theme is “Who's that Lurking in the Paleozoic?” This event is included with General Admission to the Museum.   National Fossil Day is hosted by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute during Earth Science Week in October. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of…

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Learn at Lunchtime: Constellations

October 13 @ 12:15 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us in the Planetarium Friday, October 13 at 12:15 PM for the exciting new show Constellations. What are constellations? How were they created? These are just two of the questions covered about these images in the night sky. Learn about what a constellation really is, who is responsible for creating them, and 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. There is…

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November 2017

StoryTime November 2017

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we read and explore Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. 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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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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Sorry We're Closed

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed Thursday, November 23.

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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 as we read and explore On Market Street by Anita Lobel. 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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