When you’re looking for indoor fun this winter season, consider these museums and attractions. These places aren’t simply areas where you walk through and look at photos. Instead, each place is immersive and hands-on. Your family will love learning through these unique and engaging opportunities found in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.
At a place where you can “discover it all” you will find an equal focus on science and the arts. The Whitaker Center is home to the Harsco Science Center - three floors of hands-on exhibits that are sure to entertain the kids (and you) for hours. Exhibits include shopping at Midtown Market, learning about weather through Forces of Nature, and Backstage Studio – a working studio designed for audio and video expression. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Sunoco Performance Theater for local and national performance acts, as well as see what’s playing on the big screen (38 feet high and 70 feet wide) at the Select Medical Digital Cinema.
Hidden in a historic Victorian Firehouse in Midtown Harrisburg is The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum. Once home to Reily Hose Company Number 10, this one-of-a-kind setting now tells the tale of our nation’s firefighting history. In as little as 90 minutes, explore the complete history of fire service from the 1700s to present day. Little firefighters will love seeing antiques dating all the way back to the horse-drawn era of firefighting that include hand-held equipment. The museum is constantly updating its exhibits and expanding upon the historical items housed in the building. Visit soon and ring the alarm on fun!
As the state’s official museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania has everything you need to know about how the state was founded and the impact Pennsylvania has had on our nation’s development. What you might not know is the other awesome things this museum offers. Like Village Square – life-size replicas of 19th century Pennsylvania towns and villages. An antique collection of historic tools, machines, and vehicles. A look at how Pennsylvania was made through geological movements. Dinosaurs, mastodons, and mammals that make up our region’s past and present wildlife. And a state-of-the-art planetarium to view the night’s sky and other video productions.
Don’t let these experiences pass you by. Get lost in the extraordinary educational fun the Hershey Harrisburg Region offers! What are you waiting for?