The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, located in Harrisburg adjacent to the State Capitol, is a great place for exploring history, art, and science. Explore Pennsylvania’s story through our exhibits, hands-on programming, and tours for all ages. Gaze upon the stars in the Planetarium. Immerse yourself in Mammal Hall and see the black bear, white-tailed deer and many more animals in their natural habitats. Explore Pennsylvania’s archaeology and Native Americans. Remember the Civil War and learn about Pennsylvania’s industrial and transportation history. We are all about Pennsylvania!

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Contact Info
Address: 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Dauphin County. Tel: 717-787-4980. Email: Website: Hrs: Wed.-Sat. 9AM-5PM. Sun. 12PM-5PM. Contact: Diane Wynkoop, 717-772-6997,

Trip Info 
Grade Level: Pre-K-8th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours- 2 hours. Cost: Fee.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies, Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Museums & Exhibits Lesson Plan

Hunting for ideas to make museum trips more exciting? Allow a sculpture to inspire a creative story. Enact a skit from a painting. Sketch creatures from a science exhibit. Giving your students a fun focus can make a trip to the museum more enjoyable.... Continue