Changing Exhibits

Bannered Heroes: Celebrating Pennsylvania’s African American Veterans

Ground floor

Over the past two centuries, many African Americans have served Pennsylvania and the nation with distinction in the U.S. Armed Forces. This exhibit highlights twelve such individuals with ties to Pennsylvania, but it is intended as a tribute to all of the Commonwealth’s African American veterans. This display is presented by Beta Pi Boulé, the Harrisburg chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (the Boulé).

Seeing Fallingwater – Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Architectural Masterpiece

1st floor

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Fallingwater’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Fallingwater a World Heritage Site.

The centerpiece of Seeing Fallingwater is an architectural model of the iconic building created on commission in 1984 for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The model, currently on loan to The State Museum, will be on display along with other Fallingwater-related materials through January 5, 2025.

Game Changers: PA Women Who Made History

1st floor

This display celebrates women from across the state representing diverse fields including education, science, business, human rights advocacy, and the arts- and details the contributions they made as well as the challenges they faced in their lifetimes.

HORSE2AUTO: A Transportation Revolution


Automobiles began appearing on Pennsylvania roads in the late 1800s, but the transition away from horses – then-dominant mode of personal transport – did not happen quickly, or evenly. for more than a quarter century, cars shared the roads with horse-drawn vehicles. This display explores the transition from horse to automobiles through the history of three vehicles from Pennsylvania’s last transportation revolution.