State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces September Highlights

Posted On On: August 20, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

Harrisburg, PA – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for September 2015:


Art of the State and Artist’s Conversations: Join artist Lauren Litwa Holden, winner of The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award, and David Dunn, Director of The State Museum, on Sunday, September 13 at 2:00 PM, during Gallery Walk, for a discussion on the Art of the State exhibition. The exhibit is open through September 13. General admission to The State Museum will be free from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM as part of Gallery Walk.


Pennsylvania’s Conservation Heritage Considered: Join us at The State Museum of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 15 at 12:15 PM, to preview WITF’s new short documentary series featuring Pennsylvania conservation legends Gifford Pinchot and Mira Lloyd Dock. Following the documentary will be a panel discussion featuring Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and John Quigley, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Admission to this event is free.


Learn@Lunctime & 3rd in the BURG: Join Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission staff at the State Museum on Friday, September 18 for a presentation on the “Fish of Pennsylvania.” As part of the State Museum’s Learn@ Lunchtime series, this program and admission to the museum will be free between 11 AM and 1:30 PM.


HomeSchool Day at The State Museum: Join The State Museum educators and curators for special presentations on HomeSchool Day Wednesday, September 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Throughout the day, there will be curatorial talks in the galleries, special planetarium shows, hands-on stations and arts & crafts. The event is $10.00 per person, children under age 1 are free. Members of the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation and State Museum Affiliate Members are free. Pre-registration is preferred. Call 717-772-6997 or email to make your reservation today.


The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering two shows from September 2 through November 29, 2015:


Dynamic Earth (grade 4 and up):

Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere.

Narrated by Liam Neeson


11:00 AM Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Saturday

1:00 PM Sunday


Solar Superstorms (grade 6 and up):

A fury is building on the surface of the sun: high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high and rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch


12:00 PM Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

12:00 PM and 2:00 PM Saturday

2:00 PM Sunday


Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission.  Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.


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 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).


For more information about the museum, visit


MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639


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