News for Immediate Release
Nov. 22, 2013
at The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg – The State Museum
of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for December 2013.
“Chairs from the
Collection of The State Museum of Pennsylvania” features a
sampling of chairs from the museum’s collection, covering a variety of styles
and representing the diversity of Pennsylvania, its artisans and cultures over
the past 300 years. The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 27, 2014.
panel display commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 is on loan from
the Canadian Consulate and on view through Sunday, Dec. 29. The display portrays the War of 1812 as seen through
the eyes of its American, Canadian, British and Native American participants.
showcases treasured trains from private collections and the Gruff Family
Christmas Display from The State Museum’s permanent collection. It’s on display
through Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
“Recycling Works!” is a special
temporary display presented by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets
Center, in conjunction with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Waste
Industries Association. It spotlights the commonwealth’s recycling industry and
includes Pennsylvania-manufactured recycled-content products; the history of
recycled-content product manufacturing and grassroots recycling in Pennsylvania;
and advancements of recycling technology including single-stream recycling. The
display runs through Sunday, March 16, 2014.
The State Museum Store: The perfect place to find unique Pennsylvania-themed
holiday gifts, the store will offer select product specials on Friday, Dec. 6. Open
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
3rd in the Burg/Learn at Lunchtime: Museum Director David W. Dunn will lead a
tour of the special “Chairs” exhibit he curated at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec.
20, as a “Learn at Lunchtime” offering for Harrisburg’s 3rd in the
Burg. Museum general admission will be
free from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to accommodate this tour.
Celebration: Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers
Wordshop will present its annual festival celebrating Kwanzaa and Christmas on
Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A community celebration of the
family, the event will feature music, food, workshops and much more. Free museum
admission; no cost to attend the celebration.
Noon Year’s Eve: The State Museum will welcome the New Year
with its annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration for young children and their
families on Friday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m. to noon.
An opportunity for kids to enjoy their own special “ringing in the New
Year,” the celebration features dancing, crafts and snacks topped off by the
museum’s famous firefly drop in Memorial Hall at noon. This family-friendly
event is free with museum admission.
The State Planetarium: Bigger, Brighter, Bolder! The
State Museum presents its Planetarium XD, featuring the latest in projection
technology. Shows offered through February
23, 2014, include:
Stories of the Native Americans” (grade 2 and up): Explore the night sky legends of the Native
Americans. Hear the stories of the great sky bear, the frog sisters and the
pathway of souls. Get a close-up view of these amazing celestial sights and
learn about the modern astronomy behind the legends. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Astronomers” (grade 4 and up): An amazing look at the global collaboration, technology, and dedication
required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. Explore how astronomers use the electromagnetic
spectrum to study the universe and hear from these scientists about the
challenges they face in sharing and storing data. Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday, noon; Saturday, noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Planetarium shows are $2 per person in
addition to general admission, and free to State Museum Affiliate
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: The State Museum’s administrative offices and
galleries will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, and on New
Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1.
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 America’s story.
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.
Contact: Howard Pollman,