Please Note: (1) The numbers below correspond to a mapping project that's underway for the Harrisburg Arts District. Coming soon! (2) Not all monuments are represented in the photo galleries.
State Museum of PA | 300 North St.
The museum is full of Keystone State history, and its grounds have interesting pieces as well.
A striking piece outside of the State Museum is a Phara, by Steve Tobin (1994.) "Praha" was constructed of steel girders from Bethlehem Steel. Bethlehem Steel was one of the world's largest steel producing and shipbuilding companies before closing in 2003.
Tobin is an American sculptor best known for his large sculptures of “roots" in steel or cast bronze. Philadelphia Museum of Art Chairman Philip Berman invited Tobin to join a group of international metal and stone sculptors that he sponsored to work in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Berman bought Tobin two hundred thousand pounds of steel for what would become Praha, Tobin’s first metal piece. It was inspired by a visit to Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery and is featured in Art in America.
22. PA Capitol Complex | 501 N 3rd St
The PA State Capitol carries the nickname of “A Palace of Art,” for its grand architecture and ornate décor inside its wall. Its grounds are dotted with grand monuments as well. From the Barnard Statuary Groups at the main entrance to monuments along the grounds’ picturesque pathways, there are pieces of history to learn about the Capitol itself and other interested notes on the Commonwealth.
23. Soldiers and Sailors Grove | Commonwealth Avenue and State Street
Behind the Capitol structure, Soldiers and Sailors Grove houses the state's Medal of Honor Memorial, listing the names of each recipient including those from the Civil War. A historical marker here also commemorates the United States Colored Troops Grand Review.
24. Susquehanna Dawn | 400 Market Street
25. Wherever You Go, There You Are | 222 Market Street
26. Menaker Plaza Sculpture | 10 N. Second Street
The Walnut Street Bridge | N Front St &, Walnut St
Also known as “The People’s Bridge,” the span connecting Harrisburg’s Downtown to City Island was built for vehicular traffic in 1890. After the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood, the bridge was converted to pedestrian and bike traffic only.
28. Egyptian Gate | 10 N. Front St
The steel sculpture created by Ike Haye was dedicated in 1986.
29. Public Works of Harrisburg Monument
Erected in 1915 to celebrate the accomplishments of Harrisburg's first "City beautiful Movement."
30. Market Street Bridge – Old State Capitol Columns | N. Front St & Market St.
The original bridge at this location (destroyed in a flood in 19012) was the first bridge built across the Susquehanna River. The replacement you see today was built in 1905 and widened in 1926. The tall columns at each side of the Harrisburg entrance to the bridge were salvaged from the old State Capitol that burned in 1897.
31. The Triumphant American
Several memorials and markers are located across from the Simon Cameron Mansion on South Front Street in a sprawling grove area of Riverfront Park.
32. John Harris Cemetery
Pioneer John Harris was Harrisburg's first settler in 1719, building a log cabin not far from this site. His son, John Harris II, was the founder of Harrisburg.
33. Harris’ Ferry Monument
34. POW/MIA Memorial
35. Labor’s Grove Memorial