Feb. 22, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Museum of
today announced its program schedule for
StoryTime, A Curiosity Connection Reading Series
: State Museum volunteers and staff will continue the popular children's reading program on
. The readings begin at
followed by a related play activity. Suggested for ages 3–5 years, but all ages can enjoy the reading. Free with museum admission.
book: "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me" by
selection: "Tip Tip Dig Dig" by
Student Art Exhibit:
The South Central Pennsylvania Arts and Writing Awards presents "Personal Perspectives," award-winning artwork by students in grades 7–12 from
counties from March 9–April 28, 2013. The exhibit is sponsored by Commonwealth Connections Academy.
Sunday, March 10
: Admission is free as the museum celebrates
birthday on "Charter Day," a commemoration the granting of the colony's charter to founder
King Charles II
of England. The annual display of the original 1681 charter is featured (March 8–17) and activities include:
Student Recognition Ceremony, 1 p.m.:
Meet the 2012 student winners of National History Day in
as well as students from
's SciTech High serving as special docents at The State Museum this spring. National History Day in
is a project of the Army Heritage Center Foundation, Carlisle.
Mammal Hall and Giant Map of Pennsylvania, 1:30–4 p.m.
: Meet The State Museum's SciTech High School student docents as they interpret the museum's dynamic natural history dioramas and a new giant map of
on which students and visitors can traverse the state in their stocking feet. The SciTech Student Docent program is sponsored by Penn National Insurance. The giant map of
was created and provided by the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education.
DOSHI Gallery Exhibit and 3rd in the Burg:
The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) will open a new exhibit in its DOSHI Gallery at The State Museum entitled "Course and Discourse," pairing works by students and their professors from central
colleges and universities, including
Franklin and Marshall College
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
Lebanon Valley College
. The exhibit will be on display through
. SAM will host a free reception for the exhibit at The State Museum on
Friday, March 15
, 6–8 p.m.
The State Planetarium: Bigger, Brighter, Bolder!
The State Museum presents its newly-upgraded Planetarium XD, featuring the latest state-of-the-art technology. Shows offered from
March 2 through May 26
(grade 3 and up)
Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by
(grade 6 and up)
An imaginative look at the size and scale of our universe. Explore the universe beginning with space probes reaching out to our Solar System, then telescopes collecting the light from the stars. With a lighthearted storytelling style and unique characters, "BIG" brings a really big subject down to earth. Narrated by Sir
. Saturdays, noon and
Planetarium shows are
per person, in addition to general admission; free to State Museum Affiliate Members.
The State Museum will be closed on
The State Museum of
, adjacent to the State Capitol in
, 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
'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
's story is America's story.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, and Sunday,
noon to 5 p.m.
for children and senior citizens.
For more information about the museum, visit
SOURCE Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission