News for Immediate Release
Museum of Pennsylvania Announces September Highlights
Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania
today announced its program schedule for September 2014:
Art and Barriers: The
Susquehanna Art Museum presents “Art and Barriers” in the DOSHI Gallery at The
State Museum of Pennsylvania through Dec. 7. Artists have long been at the
forefront of social change through revolutionary and, at times, subversive
means of transcending both physical and hidden boundaries. Contemporary art
often acts as a mirror for barriers within all societies, challenging viewers
to confront oppressive social, political, or cultural divisions. Can art be the
catalyst to break down these confines? “Art & Barriers” pays homage to all
artists who break through limitations of any kind.
Art of the State: The 47th
Annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried
competition for Pennsylvania artists. This year's show includes 122 pieces from
114 artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting,
Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit will be open to the
public through Gallery Walk from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 14. “Art of the State”
is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander
Wilson: This exhibit features bird prints and first edition volumes of the 200
year-old “American Ornithology” series by Wilson, who is considered the father
of American ornithology. Also featured, are a number of bird specimens from the
museum’s Botany and Zoology collections, some of which date to the late 19th
century. The specimens underscore the museum’s historic and continuing role in
the study of Pennsylvania’s flora and fauna. Museum docents will be on hand to
answer questions and offer tours from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
This exhibit runs through March 15, 2015 and is included with general admission
to the museum.
Archaeology at Fort Hunter: State
museum archaeologists will conduct their annual excavation at Fort Hunter
between Sept. 8 and Oct. 10. The public is welcome to visit and archaeologists
will be on site, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Learn@Lunchtime/3rd in the Burg: Join the staff of the Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania
on Sept. 19 for the premier of Back to the Moon for Good, narrated by
Tim Allen. Immerse
yourself in a race to return to the moon 40 years after the historic Apollo
landings. See how a competition among privately funded, international teams is
ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the moon’s resources
and explore humanity’s future on Earth’s only natural satellite. Back to the
Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE and personal stories of
competition and collaboration. Admission to the
museum is free during the hours
of the event.
Learn@Lunchtime Show Times:
11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 noon, 12:30
p.m. and 1 p.m.
3rd in the Burg Show Times:
5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7
HomeSchool Day: Educators and curators will open the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 24 for homeschoolers and their families. Explore the museum through a
series of gallery tours, presentations and hands-on activities. The planetarium
show, Back to the Moon for Good, narrated by actor Tim Allen will
be shown. The event costs $10 per person and is free for members of the
Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation and for State Museum Affiliate Members.
Pre-register by calling 717-772-6997.
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is
offering two shows Sept. 3 through Nov. 30:
Aliens” (Pre-k to
grade 2): Narrated by Harry Potter actor, Rupert Grint. Learn the
answers to questions such as, “What does it take to support life?” and “Are we
alone in the universe?” Explore the extreme environments on Earth that
support life. Take a close-up look at the research happening on Mars and
throughout the solar system. Discover how astronomers are discovering
exo-planets and study their environments. Join the quest to understand our
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11
Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 p.m.
the Moon For Good” (grade
4 and up): Narrated by Tim Allen. Immerse yourself in a race to return to the
moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among
privately funded, international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar
exploration. Learn about the moon’s resources and discover what explore
humanity’s future on Earth’s only natural satellite. Back to the Moon for
Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE and personal stories of competition
Thursday and Friday at 12 noon
12 noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
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.
hours are Wed. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Beginning September 1, admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and
$5 for children.
information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639