After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get four tickets to The State Museum of Pennsylvania (up to a $20 value), located on North Street.
Featured on Central PA magazine’s 2010 Hot List for Best Leisure Options, The State Museum lays out a telescopic view of the Commonwealth's history throughout its four-story building. Visitors are welcomed by the colossal figure of William Penn, flash-frozen in bronze and captured in his life-like 18-foot majesty. The statue stands flanked by cunning facsimiles of a Pennsylvania past and backed by the museum's featured exhibit, currently Wood on Glass, a photographic history and lecture series on the lumber industry. The second floor recreates a Native American village and unrolls the carpet of history from the Civil War through the Industrial Revolution and beyond. The final level delves thousands of years into the past when the eons-old Marshalls Creek Mastodon lumbered across the Pennsylvanian plains and starred in two MTV reality shows—see the 12,000-year-old, 20-foot skeleton when its exhibit opens on Sunday, February 27.
Not content to merely seal artifacts in glass cases, The State Museum invites visitors to take a more interactive role in the experience, with a free scavenger hunt available at the front desk and the Dino Lab on the third floor. Fine art is on parade as well, harvested from the rich, local supply of Pennsylvanian artists with the Art of the State casting call. General admission covers most exhibits, but note that the Curiosity Connection for small children and the planetarium cost an additional fee.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania offers its own deals on certain days of the month that may be better values than this deal; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania was featured on Central PA magazine's 2010 Hot List. Five Yelpers give the museum a four-star average and five TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes. The State Museum of Pennsylvania has more than 860 Facebook fans.
- As someone who has visited a lot of large museums, I thought the State Museum was adorable. I loved walking in the circle around each floor- looking at the dioramas of taxidermied PA wildlife, old stagecoaches and cars, and the annual Art of the State show. – meg p, Yelp, 8/26/10
- Something about everything. Anything and everything about PA. I wouldn't have gone back on Sunday if it didn't warrant closer inspection. – Sailing282, TripAdvisor