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July 2017

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 see 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: When Mammoths Roamed Pennsylvania

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, Curator of Paleontology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Nature Lab Thursday, August 3 at 11:30 AM to discuss “When Mammoths Roamed Pennsylvania”. Take a closer look at Pennsylvania during the Pleistocene epoch and during the last Ice Age. 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: Perfect Square

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 for a tour of select works in the 50th Annual Art of the State exhibit to discover shapes in art. Enjoy our story, Perfect Square by Michael Hall, and take home a perfect square to create your own work of art. StoryTime is our popular series for children 3-5 years. Each reading 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.

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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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Artist Conversations: “Art of the State”

August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us at 2:00 PM to explore the 50th annual Art of the State exhibition with artist Michael Brolly as he and Collections Assessment Project Curator Carol Buck co-lead a casual tour sharing their insights on the show.  Mr. Brolly's work is this year’s first place award winner for Craft category. Image of Michael Brolly, Homage to My Mother, craft Image by Don Giles, The State Museum of Pennsylvania   Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried…

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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 museum staff in Nature Lab Thursday, August 9 at 11:30 AM to take a closer look at paleontology. This presentation is included with general admission to The Museum.

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Eclipse Across America

August 9 @ 12:30 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 12:30 PM. 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.

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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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Eclipse Across America

August 10 @ 12:00 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 12:00 Noon. 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.

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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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Eclipse Across America

August 11 @ 12:30 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 12:30 PM and 2:00PM. 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.

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Eclipse Across America

August 12 @ 1:00 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 1:00 PM. 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.

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Eclipse Across America

August 13 @ 1:00 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 1:00 PM. 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.

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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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Eclipse Across America

August 16 @ 12:30 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 12:30 PM. 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.

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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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Eclipse Across America

August 17 @ 12:30 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 12:30 PM. 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.

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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 and 2:00PM. 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. Show will start promptly at 12:15, visitors will not be admitted once the show…

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3rd in the Burg: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

August 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us for the third event in a special summer series of 3rd in the Burg August 18 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at The State Museum. Enjoy refreshments and interact with members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the State Museum. As part of 3rd in the Burg, general admission is free during the hours of this event.

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Eclipse Across America

August 19 @ 1:00 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 1:00 PM. 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.

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Eclipse Across America

August 20 @ 1:00 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 a special showing of "Eclipse Across America" at 1:00 PM. 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.

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Nature Lab: Magnetism

August 23 @ 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 Wednesday, August 23 at 11:30 AM in Nature Lab to explore magnetism. Learn how magnets work and explore several magnetic activities.

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Nature Lab: Slime!

August 24 @ 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, August 24 at 11:30 AM in Nature Lab to explore slime! Goopy, slippery, or fluffy join us to make this strange substance and see what makes it so fun to play with.

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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 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 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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Nature Lab: Sink or Float for Ages 3 to 5

September 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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For our visitors age 3 to 5 and their parents, join the Museum's Education Staff in Nature Lab Thursday, September 21 at 11:30 AM to explore the concepts of floating and sinking. This program in included with your general admission to the Museum.

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Nature Lab: Great-Horned Owl and the Red-Tailed Hawk

September 28 @ 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 at 11:30 AM on Thursday, September 28 to take a closer look at these two predators. Hands-on objects will be available for you to explore. This program in include with general admission to the Museum.

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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 20 @ 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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Nature Lab: Creatures of the Night

October 26 @ 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, October 26 at 11:30 AM to learn, through hands-on objects, about the nocturnal or night time world through two of Pennsylvania's inhabitants. Learn about the little brown bat and striped skunk. Discover how many insects a bat eats in a day. Or find out what smells! Included with general admission to the Museum.

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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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Nature Lab: White-Tailed Deer

November 9 @ 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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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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Nature Lab: The Wild Turkey

November 30 @ 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, November 30 at 11:30 AM to take a close look at one of Pennsylvania's largest birds, the wild turkey. Hands-on objects will be available so you can get an up-close look at this remarkable bird. This program is included with general admission to The Museum.

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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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Nature Lab: Re-introduction of the Beaver and Elk

December 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Museum Educator Cherie Trimble in Nature Lab Thursday, December 14 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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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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