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19 Museums to Visit in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's towns and cities are full of interesting museums, from the well-known art institutes to the specialty centers exploring fascinating aspects of American culture.

From the Philadelphia and Pittsburg metros to central and northeast Pennyslvania, this state offers something for everyone.


1. Pay tribute to more than 13,000 works of art at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown.

2. Explore hands-on scientific experiments, take on workshops, and visit the Science Hall of Fame at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.

3. Learn about the history of the iconic Zippo lighter at the Zippo Lighter/Case Knife Visitors Center, home of the Zippo company's headquarters in Bradford.

4. See a new side of World War II's history and impact with a trip to the Eldred World War II Museum near Bradford.

Museums in Pennsylvania

Science Center Museums

5. Take the kids to the expERIEnce Children's Museum in Erie and near Grove City, where birthday parties, special occasions, and hands-on exhibits are the norm.

6. Explore this landmark Civil War battlefield at the Gettysburg National Military Park before visiting the artifacts at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center near York.

7. View the 24,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.

8. Engage in exhibits and activities at the giant Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, also home to an IMAX Theater, the Harsco Science Center, and Sunoco Performance Theater.

9. Catch a first-hand view of how the famous chocolate kisses and bars are made at HERSHEY'S Chocolate World in Hershey.

10. Spend an afternoon with the kids exploring the non-profit Hands-on House in Lancaster.

11. Engage in your history knowledge with a trip to the architecturally preserved Historic Rock Ford Plantation in Lancaster, now a converted historical museum.

12. Take the kids to see more than 50 hands-on exhibits at the Lancaster Science Factory in Lancaster.

13. Learn about the world's oldest Amish settlement at the Mennonite Information Center in Lancaster.

Museums in Pennsylvania

Historical Museums

14. See world-class exhibits, attend lectures and educational programs, and see Benjamin Franklin's legacy in action at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.

15. Tour a collection of historical landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, and Congress Hall at the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

16. See the only museum dedicated to the United State Constitution at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

17. Visit the world-class Philadelphia Museum of Art, where over 200,000 pieces of art, sculpture, prints, artifacts, and more are on display.

18. Satisfy your Warhol fix with a trip to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh near Bentleyville, which contains over 10,000 pieces from Warhol's collection.

19. Visit the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh near Bentleyville, home to extensive exhibits on the history of the city and the region.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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Best Western Garden Inn

101 Gosai Drive, Bentleyville PA 15314-1049
Phone: (724) 239-4321  |  Fax: (724) 239-5455  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Bradford Inn

100 S Davis Street, Bradford PA 16701-2162
Phone: (814) 362-4501  |  Fax: (814) 362-2709  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Grove City Inn

1924 Leesburg Grove City Road, Grove City PA 16127-3354
Phone: (724) 748-5836  |  Fax: (724) 748-5486  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center

800 E Park Drive, Harrisburg PA 17111-2807
Phone: (717) 561-2800  |  Fax: (717) 561-8398  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Harrisburg Hershey Hotel

7500 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg PA 17112-4233
Phone: (717) 652-0101  |  Fax: (717) 920-1757  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

235 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106-2813
Phone: (215) 922-4443  |  Fax: (215) 922-4487  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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