Last updated: 8/21/2021
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Street Address
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Mailing Address
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
phone: 717-787-4980
Monday - Tuesdayclosed
Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
The museum is closed on most major U.S. holidays.
Adults: $7
Seniors (over 65): $6
Children (1-11): $5
Gift Shop
Jeni Ashton, Chief of Education

Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state. Over the years, the museum has greatly expanded its collections and modernized its public offerings to serve the needs of succeeding generations of Pennsylvanians. Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964.

Curiosity Connection and the Planetarium remain closed. Masks are recommended to be worn indoors while visiting.


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania’s historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services.


Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission


Access: Scholars

Appointment required: Yes


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

Wheelchair Accessible




The State Museum Store

The store features fun and engaging products, books, and souvenirs relating to Pennsylvania and the museum's exhibits. The State Museum Store offers a wonderful array of Pennsylvania-themed products, books, and gift items for all ages.

The museum store is located inside the 3rd Street entrance on the museum’s ground floor.

Admission is free to the museum store and State Museum Affiliate Members receive 10% off purchases. All purchases support the ongoing educational mission of The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Gift Shop

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