300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Metered parking spaces and city parking garages are available within a 3 block radius of the Museum. Visit Park Harrisburg for more information.


Monday, Tuesday all facilities are closed.
For special needs accommodations, please contact us at 717-787-4980 prior to your visit.

Wednesday – Saturday9 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday12 pm – 4:30 pm
Curiosity connection
Wednesday – Saturday10 am – 4 pm
Sunday12 pm- 4 pm
Curiosity Connection is included with general admission and is open to children ages 5 and under and their families.
Wednesday – Saturday10 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday12 pm – 4:30 pm

Museum Admission

$6Adults Ages 65 and above
$5Children ages 1 – 11
FreeActive Military and their immediate family*
Retired Military Personnel*
State Museum Affiliate Members
PA Heritage Foundation Members
*Must have ID

Please note that Planetarium shows are an additional $3 for ages 1 and up, excluding those that are listed as free.


The State Museum is accessible. Individuals in need of assistance are asked to call (717) 787-4980 or Pennsylvania TDD relay service at (800) 654-5984 in advance of their visit.


All museum entrances and exits are accessible. The main entrance doors (North 3rd Street) open automatically when activated by pressing the button adjacent to the door.  

Accessible Parking

The museum address is 300 North Street Harrisburg, PA 17120. Our entrance is located on North 3rd Street between Forester Street and North Street. The Museum does not provide parking, but there are designated accessible spaces located on North 3rd Street by the Museum’s entrance. Visit Park Harrisburg for more information.  https://parkharrisburg.com/faqs/

Service Animals

Guide dogs are welcome in the Museum. Guide dogs may be used as necessary to assist persons with disabilities in the buildings within the Capitol Complex. The owner or person having the animal under his control is responsible for the animal. 4 Pa. Code § 86.4

Visitors Who are Blind or Have Low Vision 

Navigate the State Museum of Pennsylvania with Aira- a free app that connects you with sighted agents who provide verbal descriptions on demand. This subscription service is free when visiting the museum and connected to our Wi-Fi. To learn more, download the Aira app.  

Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 

Video content within exhibits is closed captioned. Assistive Listening Devices are available upon request for use in the planetarium.  

Wheelchair Accessibility

Manual wheelchairs are available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis. These wheelchairs are only available for use within the Museum. Exhibits and public spaces are accessible by elevator.  


There are accessible restrooms on the ground, first, and third floors of the Museum. Restrooms equipped with changing tables are located on the ground and second floor.  

Reciprocal Museum Benefits

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services aimed at encouraging families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

This program enables low-income families to explore Pennsylvania’s rich history and culture by visiting participating state-owned museums for a minimal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) or WIC card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

Members of these programs are entitled to: Free admission for up to two adults and up to four children under 18 of the same household. Adult cardholders must be present.
Reciprocal benefits do not extend to non-family groups, planetarium tickets, group reservations and some special events. We recommend you call before you arrive to confirm admission details.

For ASTC Benefits: Make sure the science center or museum you are visiting is not located within 90 miles of either your home residence or the science center or museum that you belong to. This distance is measured as a linear radius, not driving distance.

Free general admission for individuals included in your PHF membership to all of the Pennsylvania Trails of History historic sites and museums*
*Some tours and special events on the Pennsylvania Trails of History may require a special fee.

Know Before You Go

Download a copy of the Museum Floor Map – PDF

Wifi is available to all. The Network is “Capitol Complex Free Wifi”

Large Bags and Food

Any bag larger than 12″ wide x 12″ high x 4″ deep are not allowed in the Museum, unless required for medical purposes. These bags will need to be stored in the Museum coatroom. The State Museum reserves the right to inspect any items entering the premises and are not responsible for any valuables or lost items.

Food and beverages of any type are not permitted in any of the Museum galleries.

The Planetarium

Admission Information

Ages 1 and Up $3 for a ticket, plus museum admission
FreeActive Duty military personnel & their immediate family*
Retired Military Personnel*
State Museum Affiliate Members
*Must have ID

Closed Caption and Assisted Listening Devices are available for most shows upon request when purchasing a ticket.

Please note: the Planetarium is not recommended for children age 3 and under. Age 12 and under children must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional Planetarium Information
  • Tickets, including member and complimentary passes, must be obtained at the ground floor information desk at least 5 minutes before showtime.
  • Planetarium shows start promptly. Doors will not be opened after the show has started and no ticket refunds will be given for missed shows.
  • We reserve the right to sell tickets into all scheduled planetarium shows and programs.

For upcoming Planetarium shows please check out our full calendar.

Curiosity Connection

Curiosity Connection is a hands-on environment for children ages 1-5.

Admission to Curiosity Connection is included with general admission.

The State Museum reserves the right, without prior notification, to issue timed tickets which provide 45-minutes of play on a first come, first served basis.

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