A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania’s New Deal Post Office Murals
Online Exhibits

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Online Exhibits

Art of the State

Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Pennsylvania’s artists at The State Museum of Pennsylvania since 1968. The body of art that has been exhibited reflects over a half-century of creative endeavor in the Keystone State. Through the years, exhibitors have shared their ideas and engaged viewers in the categories of painting, photography, craft, sculpture, and work on paper. Art of State is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in association with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.

Visit the Mammal Hall 360 and explore these additional activities that relate to Mammal Hall at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Thirteen window displays depict realistic scenes from actual places throughout the Commonwealth. Each diorama shows a particular time of day, season and habitat showcasing the wildlife of Pennsylvania.

T.M. Fowler’s Bird’s-eye Views External Link

During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Thaddeus Mortimer “T.M.” Fowler produced more bird’s-eye views of American cities and towns than any other artist. Roughly half of his more than 400 views depict communities across Pennsylvania. Explore select views of Pennsylvania’s counties from the virtual map to zoom in and discover.

A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania’s New Deal Post Office Murals External Link

An online exhibit featuring an articulated map of all the cities in Pennsylvania containing post office murals created for the New Deal.

This exhibit features objects made in Pennsylvania that are from the collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. They include a small sample of the many products for which the Commonwealth has been distinguished.

Steel: Made in Pennsylvania External Link

Photographer Don Giles visited abandoned and active Pennsylvania steel mills in Bethlehem, Steelton, and Ambridge in 2005 and 2006, and his extraordinary photos document a moment in the history of one of Pennsylvania’s most important historic and contemporary industries. Our online exhibit features photographs of the steel industry throughout the Commonwealth.

State Museum Quilts: Historic Becomes New External Link

Quilts from the collection of The State Museum featuring historic quilts and objects as well as some modern adaptations. Our online exhibit featuring quilts from our collection.

Levittown: Building the Suburban Dream External Link

The State Museum created an exhibit in 2002 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Levittown, Pa., Bucks County. The brainchild of developer William J. Levitt, Levittown was the largest planned community constructed by a single builder in the United States. This online version, produced in cooperation with Franklin and Marshall College, explores the early history of Levittown from the perspective of those who built and lived the suburban dream.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin donated an extensive collection they had amassed on the them of William Penn’s Treaty. The Edward Hicks oil painting “Penn’s Treaty,” c. 1830 is the highlight of this collection. This online exhibit features the text, art, artifacts, and documents from the Potamkin collection.