The State Museum of Pennsylvania Offers Learn at Lunchtime Series

Jun 13, 2013, 12:49 ET from Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Museum of Pennsylvania will again offer free admission during the lunchtime hours on designated Fridays this summer. It is all part of the Museum's "Learn at Lunchtime" series.

Beginning Friday, June 21, free guided tours of the popular "Art of the State" exhibit and the museum's history and science galleries will be offered between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The tours will be offered every Friday through August 30.

"We inaugurated 'Learn at Lunchtime' last year as a way to highlight 'Art of the State,'" State Museum Director David Dunn said.  "It was so popular that we decided to continue it as a museum sampler with a different content focus each week in addition to the art exhibit."

Weekly themes led by State Museum curators will range from paleontology, archaeology and zoology to the Civil War, which is especially relevant as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Planetarium will also be featured as well as a glimpse into the design history of the State Museum and State Archives Complex.

Visit and "The State Museum of Pennsylvania" page on Facebook, at, for more details and updates on "Learn at Lunchtime" programming.

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.

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.

Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

Editor's Note: The following is a schedule of the programs offered during "Learn at Lunchtime" at The State Museum:

  • June 21      Art of the State Preview
  • June 28      Civil War Gallery
  • July 5         Civil War Gallery
  • July 12       Civil War Gallery
  • July 19       Memorial Hall/Mini-Mad Men Tour
  • July 26       Archaeology Gallery
  • August 2    Paleontology Gallery
  • August 9    Dino Lab/Science Lab: Amphibians
  • August 16  Planetarium Show: "We are Aliens"
  • August 23  Industry and Technology: Conestoga Wagons to Airplanes
  • August 30  Museum Sampler

SOURCE Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission