News for Immediate Release
Oct. 30, 2013
at The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg – The State Museum
of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for November 2013:
Special Exhibit: The State Museum of Pennsylvania will open a
temporary exhibition entitled “Chairs from the Collection of The State Museum”
on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The exhibition features a variety of styles from the
museum’s collection and represents the diversity of Pennsylvania, its artisans
and cultures during the past 300 years.
Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, the non-profit partner of the Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), will host a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
on the exhibition’s opening day. A special tour of the exhibit will be given by
State Museum Director David W. Dunn and there will be crafts demonstrations by
artisans. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, April 27, 2014.
“Hidden Treasures” Event: In
conjunction with Harrisburg’s 3rd in the Burg, the Friends of the
State Museum will host its second annual “Hidden Treasures Scavenger Hunt” from
6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.
treasure hunt is for adults only and features some of the museum’s rarely seen
collections. The event includes a reception with beer, wine, heavy hors
d’oeuvres and music by Back Alley Blues. Cost is $30 per ticket or $55 per couple. For more
information and to purchase tickets, visit www.shoppaheritage.com.
Archaeology Workshops: The State Museum,
in partnership with the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council, will present its
annual workshops in archaeology. “Archaeology of a Troubled Nation, 1775-1865” will
be held at the museum from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
pre-registration fee is $20 per person (required by Nov. 8); $15 for students;
$15 for Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation (including State Museum Affiliate
Members) members, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and Pennsylvania
Archaeological Council members. Registration at the door is $25. For more
information and an Archaeology Workshops brochure, call 717-783-9926 or visit
Marketplace: The State
Museum Store will participate in the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation’s eighth
annual Holiday Marketplace on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. in the Commonwealth Keystone Building (Forster Street and Commonwealth
Avenue, Harrisburg). Museum stores from the Pennsylvania Trails of History® and other participants, such as Tony's Cafe at
Keystone, Capitol Preservation Committee, Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources and Department Community and Economic Development's Artisan Trails, will
offer unusual and unique items for holiday shopping. The marketplace is free
and open to the public. Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation and State Museum
Affiliate Members receive 10 percent off their purchases.
The State Planetarium: Bigger,
Brighter, Bolder! The State Museum
presents its newly-upgraded Planetarium XD, featuring the latest in projection
technology. Shows offered through Dec. 1
the Dark” (grade 2 and up)
presentation looks at the current constellations, planets, and the moon phase
to demonstrate how to look at the night sky. It also reveals how light
pollution is destroying our night sky view. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
at 11 a.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 p.m.
Are Aliens” (grade 4 and up)
by actor Rupert Grint, well-known for his role as Ron Weasley in the “Harry
Potter” movies, “We Are Aliens” explores the extreme environments that support
life on Earth and probes the age-old question, “Are we alone in the universe?” Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at
noon; Saturdays at noon and 2 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.
are $2 per person, in addition to general admission; free to State Museum
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: The State Museum’s administrative offices and
galleries will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans’ Day,
and on Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day. The museum will reopen on Friday,
Nov. 29 with regular hours.
State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is
one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of
History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting
Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage.
exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience,
the colonial and revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth's
vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is
hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5
p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens.
more information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.