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State Museum of Pennsylvania July Highlights Include Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Harrisburg, PA – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for July 2019:


Museum Closure, Thursday, July 4

The State Museum will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, July 4, and will reopen with regular hours on Friday, July 5.


StoryTime: Man and the Moon by Anastasia Suen, Friday, July 5 at 10:30 AM

The children's book Man on the Moon by Anastasia Suen will be read in the Planetarium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The reading will be followed by the planetarium show Who Am I? This show was designed especially for young children and is all about the moon. StoryTime is the museum's popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5 and is included with general admission.


Pay As You Wish Summer Fridays

The State Museum is inviting visitors to pay what they wish for general admission on Fridays through August 23. Fees for the Planetarium and other special programs will still apply. Curiosity Connection will distribute free, limited, timed tickets for entry throughout the day.


Learn at Lunchtime

Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of captivating lectures and presentations. This summer Learn at Lunchtime will be presented every Friday through August 23 at 12:15 PM. Learn at Lunchtime is included with Pay As You Wish admission.


Friday, July 5

Art of the State

A tour of the 2019 Art of the State exhibit with museum art docents.


Friday, July 12

Art of the State

A tour of the 2019 Art of the State exhibit with Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond.


Friday, July 19

Apollo 11: Man's First Step onto the Moon at noon and 12:30 PM

A Planetarium show for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Friday, July 26

White-Tailed Deer Chronic Wasting Disease

A presentation by Courtney Colley, CWD communication specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Information and Education.


Nature Lab Meet the Experts

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania state agencies through its Summer 2019 Meet the Experts in Nature Lab series. This program will be presented every Wednesday and Thursday through August 15, at 11:30 AM, and is included with general admission.


Wednesday, July 3

Waterfowl: Ducks and Geese of Pennsylvania with The State Museum's Education Department.


Wednesday, July 10

Day/Night Predators: The Red-Tailed Hawk & Great Horned Owl with The State Museum's Education Department.


Thursday, July 11

Invasive Plants & Our Neighborhood Birds with Andrew Rohrbaug, botanist, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry.


Wednesday, July 24

Geology with Simeon Suter, geologist supervisor, Groundwater & Environmental Geology Section, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, and Dr. Kyle Trostle.


Thursday, July 25

Preserving Our Past: Archaeology Lab with The State Museum's Archaeology Section.


Wednesday, July 31

Pennsylvania Wildlife with Dr Walter Meshaka, senior curator, Zoology and Botany, The State Museum.


Moon Madness, July 17 – July 21

The State Museum will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with "Moon Madness" from July 17 to 21. Cases in the museum will display space memorabilia, moon rocks, and space monkey Miss Sam's chair from the Project Mercury missions. A series of hands-on activities for all ages will be held throughout the week. On July 17 at 11:30 AM, museum educators will teach visitors ages 6 to 12 how to build and launch a paper rocket. On July 18 at 11:30 AM, visitors ages 3 to 6 can participate in Curiosity Kids: Moon Making to learn about the moon and paint a picture to take home. Throughout the week, Test Your Astronaut Skills, featuring hands-on challenges, will be presented in Nature Lab from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Special planetarium shows to be featured are Who Am I? and Apollo 11: Man's First Step Onto The Moon.


3rd in the Burg: Moon Madness, Friday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 PM

A special Moon Madness event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing will be held Friday, July 19, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.


Astronauts spend years training before going into space. At this event, visitors can participate in special challenges to test their fine motor skills and see how they would perform as team members.


The Planetarium will feature Apollo 11: Man's First Step Onto The Moon, with showings at 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Planetarium seating is limited. Program participants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Refreshments will be available. Admission is free for the event.


This event is presented in partnership with the Harrisburg Young Professionals.


The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The planetarium is offering two shows through September 1.


Who Am I? (Pre-K to Grade 2), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 AM;

Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM

It has many names, can be mysterious, and looks right at us but doesn't always show its face. It's the moon, and life would be very different without it. This show, designed for young children by the Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, is all about the moon.


Apollo 11: Man's First Step Onto The Moon (Grade 4 and up), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday,

2:00 PM

The Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the most momentous times in history. This show, produced by Jenks Planetarium, follows the small steps and giant leaps made by the astronauts as they land on the moon's surface for the first time.


Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation are admitted free. Planetarium shows are subject to change without prior notification.


Please check the event calendar at the latest show dates and times.



The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 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 eras, 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).

The State Museum has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All. This program enables low-income families to visit participating museums for a nominal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

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