Curiosity Connection

Your child's first museum experience.

Curiosity Connection

The State Museum’s parent agency, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will begin welcoming visitors to state-owned historic sites and museums, including The State Museum on Friday, April 30 with reduced hours of operation and limited capacity.

Curiosity Connection will remain closed. An update will be provided when the space can reopen. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important updates.


  • Curiosity Connection is The State Museum’s exciting, hands-on environment for imaginative children ages 1-5.
  • Admission to Curiosity Connection is included with general admission.
  • Groups of 10 or more may book at the group rate and receive a 45-minutes of play. Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance by emailing the Reservations Office or calling (717) 772-6997. If more time in Curiosity Connection is preferred, standard admission fees will apply.
  • Capacity is limited to 45 visitors and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • On high visitation days, The State Museum reserves the right, without prior notification, to issue timed tickets which provide 45 minutes of play for our visitors on a first come, first served basis.


Day Hours
Mon-Tues Closed
Wed-Sat Closed
Sun Closed


StoryTime is our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Program occurs first Friday of every month at 10:30 AM. StoryTime includes a reading and a related hands-on activity in a Museum gallery or in Curiosity Connection. Come join us to learn and explore!

Curiosity Kids

Join Museum Educators to explore the world around us. Each lesson will include a brief chat about the subject followed by experiments, crafts, and activities! Specifically designed for visitors age 4-7 and their chaperones. Included with Museum General Admission. Learn through investigation!

Things Parents Need To Know

Please refrain from bringing the following into Curiosity Connection:

  • Food and drink
  • Strollers
  • Laptops/tablets and other electronics

Adults are responsible for encouraging safe play, sharing, and picking up of play things.

Scenes from Curiosity Connection