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State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces January Highlights

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Dec. 19, 2013

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces January Highlights

Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for January 2014:


Special Exhibits:

  Chairs from the Collection of The State Museum 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 will continue through Sunday, April 27, 2014.

  A Twentieth Century Christmas Tradition features treasured trains from private collections and the Gruff Family Christmas Display from The State Museum’s permanent collection. 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. “Recycling Works!” showcases the recycling industry in the commonwealth 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. On view through Sunday, March 16, 2013.

3rd in the Burg/The Doshi Gallery at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The Susquehanna Art Museum opens its latest Doshi Gallery exhibit at The State Museum, “Lost World/Found World”, with a reception on Friday, Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission and the reception are free to the public. The reception is presented in conjunction with “3rd in the Burg,” Harrisburg’s arts and entertainment celebration held the third Friday of every month.

The State Planetarium: Bigger, Brighter, Bolder! The State Museum presents its Planetarium XD, featuring the latest in projection technology. Shows offered through Feb. 23, 2014, include:

  “Star 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. Take 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.

  “We are 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; free to State Museum Affiliate Members.

HOLIDAY CLOSURES:  The State Museum’s administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

The 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. With 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.

Museum 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.

For more information about the museum, visit

Media contact:    Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639



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