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Press Release: February 2020 Highlights

January 16, 2020

Filed under C.O.L.E&C.A.M.I, Changing Exhibits, Constellations, Curiosity Kids, Planetarium

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for February:

StoryTime: Max and the Tag-Along Moon, Friday, February 7, 10:30 AM

The children’s book Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper will be read in the museum’s Planetarium. After the story, children can explore the moon through the planetarium show Who Am I? StoryTime is the museum’s popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5 and is included with general admission.

Curiosity Kids: Native American Clothing, Thursday, February 13, 11:30 AM

Museum educators will introduce participants to traditional Native American clothing, as well as wampum beads, in the Archaeology Gallery. Children will then learn to make a traditional necklace. Curiosity Kids is a program that bridges the fun of Curiosity Connection with the wonders of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Museum educators guide parents and their children aged 3 to 6, on fascinating trips through history. Hands-on experiments in science and art offer enlightening views of the world. This program is included with general admission.

Featured Exhibit

Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911–1919

This new exhibit features more than 50 original sketches by Violet Oakley from the collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit runs through April 26, 2020.

Tour: Picturing a More Perfect Union, Sunday, February 16, 2:00 PM

Senior Curator of History Curtis Miner and Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond will lead a tour of the exhibit. This program is included with general admission.

Learn at Lunch: Violet Oakley Senate Chamber Murals, Friday, February 21, 12:15PM-12:45 PM

Jason Wilson, historian for the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, will lead a tour of Violet Oakley’s Senate Chamber murals, discussing their history and preservation, from the floor of the Senate. This tour will meet and begin at the 3rd Street doors of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.

Nature Lab: Wild Cats of Pennsylvania, Thursday, February 27, 11:30 AM

Museum educators will discuss the history of Pennsylvania’s native bobcats and cougars, focusing on how these predators adapted to their environment. Skulls, footprints, pelts and other hands-on objects will be on display. This program is included with general admission.

The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering two shows through March 1.

C.O.L.E. & C.A.M.I. Explore the Planets (Kindergarten to Grade 2)

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 AM; Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM

In this production of The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, two friendly robots take young viewers on an exploration of the planets to show what makes each one unique.

Constellations (Grade 4 and up)

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday, 2:00 PM

What are constellations? How were they created? These are just two of the questions covered about these night-sky images in this production of The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Viewers will learn what a constellation really is and who is responsible for creating them and will then explore each season to find which basic constellations can be found in the Pennsylvania night sky.

Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation. Planetarium shows are subject to change without prior notification. Please check The State Museum’s online event calendar for the latest show dates and times.


The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).

The State Museum has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All. This program enables low-income families to visit participating museums for a nominal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

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