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State Museum of Pennsylvania

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300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
(717) 787-4980

September 2021

Storytime

September 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Discover the day the crayons took a break. Children will learn about Pennsylvania's crayon story and design their own creations.  

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Highlights Tour

September 18 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

September 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Explore! Seasons – Fall

September 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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In North America we experience four seasonal changes each year – winter, spring, summer and fall. Each season in Pennsylvania is unique in its characteristics of change in temperature, precipitation and length of time for sunlight. Explore more about the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall and how it affects the plants and animals in Pennsylvania.  

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Highlights Tour

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Curiosity Kids: Falling Leaves

September 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Curiosity Kids to discover the variety of shapes and colors that leaves come in. Learn about the changes to leaves throughout the seasons. Create an art project emphasizing the shapes of various leave. Be Curious!

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Highlights Tour

September 23 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Virtual State Museum Perspectives: Art of the State

September 24 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Curators Amy Hammond and Carol Buck will join State Museum Director Beth Hager to talk about the new Art of the State exhibit.   Sessions will be presented over Zoom and are free, but registration is required. Click here to register for this program. Once registration is complete, attendees will receive an attendance link and password for all of the sessions listed.  

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Highlights Tour

September 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

September 25 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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New Exhibit: Art of the State 2021

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Highlights Tour

September 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Explore! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

September 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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How much trash do you produce each day?  What if before you threw items into the garbage can, you tried to find a better solution?  Explore more about how reducing, reusing and recycling will reduce waste and improve the lives of all living things in Pennsylvania.  

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Highlights Tour

September 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Curiosity Kids: Rocks All Around Us

September 30 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Curiosity Kids as we discover how rocks help us everyday. Use your 5 senses to test their uses. Be Curious!

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Highlights Tour

September 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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October 2021

StoryTime

October 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on October 16, 2021 at 10:30 am

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we read Bones, Bones Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. Learn about dinosaur bones and how paleontologists move the bones from the ground to reassemble them in a museum.

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Artists Conversations: Representing Asian American Identities: Featuring Hee Sook Kim and Sanh Tran from Art of the State

October 1 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Each year, the Pennsylvanians featured in Art of the State share their experiences through their art. One theme that resonates every year is identity. Please join Hee Sook Kim and Sanh Tran as we learn how they represent their Asian American identities in their work. This program will be presented live in the Museum and live via Zoom. If you plan to attend via Zoom, registration is free, but required. To register to virtually attend the program click here.  

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Highlights Tour

October 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

October 2 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Explore! Water

October 6 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Plants and animals need water to survive, grown and thrive. Explore more about the importance of clean water, the water cycle, watersheds and how pollution affects the water we use in Pennsylvania.

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Highlights Tour

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Curiosity Kids: SHAPES! featuring works from the 2021 Art of the State Exhibition

October 7 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Curiosity Kids to discover 2-dimensional shapes. Learn what makes each shape unique and explore the 2021 Art of the State Exhibition in search of these shapes. Participants will use their artistic and creative skills to create artwork of their own.

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Highlights Tour

October 7 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Adventures in Nature Lab: PA Deer Habitat

October 8 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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As a member of the Cervidae or deer family, white-tailed deer, along with elk, live in the state throughout the year, adapting to the changing seasonal conditions throughout the year.  Join Emily H. Domoto, Certified Wildlife Biologist from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as we talk about these large herbivores, their habitat and the Deer Management Assistance Program.  This program will be presented live in Nature Lab and live via Zoom. If you plan to attend via Zoom, registration free,…

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Highlights Tour

October 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

October 9 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

October 10 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Fossil Day

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us to celebrate National Fossil Day.  Check back for more details!   National Fossil Day is hosted by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute during Earth Science Week in October. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. This event is included with general admission.

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Explore! Fossil Day

October 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Celebrate National Fossil Day! Explore more about the fossils found in Pennsylvania, the value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

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Life through Time Tour

October 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 16, 2021

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s Life through Time Gallery with one of our Museum Educators. Walk through Earth's geologic history, climate variations, and environmental changes that impacted the evolution of life. Discover the challenges that life faced and the adaptations that have allowed life to flourish over millions of years here on Earth.

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Curiosity Kids: Move Like a Pre-Historic Animal

October 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Curiosity Kids as we discover how prehistoric animals walked, crawled, swam and flew. Match your footprints to the past. Be Curious!

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Life through Time Tour

October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 16, 2021

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s Life through Time Gallery with one of our Museum Educators. Walk through Earth's geologic history, climate variations, and environmental changes that impacted the evolution of life. Discover the challenges that life faced and the adaptations that have allowed life to flourish over millions of years here on Earth.

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Curator’s Choice: The Peopling of the Americas

October 15 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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For many decades, the accepted belief was that Paleoindians  – the first people to enter the Americas – arrived about 12,000 years ago by crossing a land bridge which once connected present-day Russia and Alaska.   More recently, new scientific and archaeological evidence suggests that migrations into the western hemisphere occurred closer to 16,000 years ago and were considerably more complex than a single migration from Asia.   Join Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology, for a discussion about these new…

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Life through Time Tour

October 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 16, 2021

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s Life through Time Gallery with one of our Museum Educators. Walk through Earth's geologic history, climate variations, and environmental changes that impacted the evolution of life. Discover the challenges that life faced and the adaptations that have allowed life to flourish over millions of years here on Earth.

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StoryTime

October 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on October 16, 2021 at 10:30 am

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we read Bones, Bones Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. Learn about dinosaur bones and how paleontologists move the bones from the ground to reassemble them in a museum.

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Life through Time Tour

October 16 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 16, 2021

State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s Life through Time Gallery with one of our Museum Educators. Walk through Earth's geologic history, climate variations, and environmental changes that impacted the evolution of life. Discover the challenges that life faced and the adaptations that have allowed life to flourish over millions of years here on Earth.

Find out more »

Highlights Tour

October 17 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Explore! Paleontology, Archaeology, and Geology

October 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join us as we Explore the sciences of digging in the ground. Discover how each are different and how they often work together.  

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Highlights Tour

October 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Curiosity Kids: Memory and Logic

October 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Curiosity Kids to discover what memory and logic are. Learn the importance of these two skills and how we use them every day. Participants will have a chance to challenge their skills through a series of games designed to use their memory and logic.

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Highlights Tour

October 21 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Virtual State Museum Perspectives

October 22 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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State Museum Director Beth Hager interviews a variety of colleagues and special guests to highlight special exhibits, programs, and initiatives at the museum.   Sessions will be presented over Zoom and are free, but registration is required. Click here to register for this program. Once registration is complete, attendees will receive an attendance link and password for all of the sessions listed.

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Highlights Tour

October 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

October 23 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

October 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Explore! Rocks of Pennsylvania

October 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Geology is the study of the earth, the materials that make it up and the processes that formed it. Explore more about the rocks that make up Pennsylvania, how they formed and the historical information they reveal.

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Highlights Tour

October 27 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Curiosity Kids: Mapping Skills

October 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Join Curiosity Kids as we discover the Giant Map of Pennsylvania. Take a scavenger hunt of the Third Floor using mapping skills. Be Curious!

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Highlights Tour

October 28 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Treasures from the Vault

October 29 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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An insider’s view of fascinating artifacts with State Museum Program Director Brad Smith and curators. This program will be presented live and live via Zoom. If you plan to attend via Zoom, registration free, but required.  To register to virtually attend the program click here.

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Highlights Tour

October 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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2021 Annual Workshops in Archaeology

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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HIDDEN STORIES: UNCOVERING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT The lives of African Americans prior to the 20th century are poorly documented in the historic record and frequently biased. In addition, the contributions of enslaved, indentured, and free African Americans are mostly missing from our history books and museum exhibits. Archaeology is a method that can be used to help fill this gap in our understanding of past cultural behavior in Pennsylvania. This year’s Workshops in Archaeology will…

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Highlights Tour

October 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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Highlights Tour

October 31 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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Explore the Museum’s most impactful exhibition pieces in this whirlwind tour. Pennsylvania is the only state named for both its people and the place, “Penn’s Woods”. Discover how this relationship of people and place shows throughout the history, art, and science of the Commonwealth.

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