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There are plenty of sites in Pennsylvania that reflect the culture and the state does a great job of recognizing its heritage and protecting it. From the Philadelphia and Pittsburg to central and northeast PA, this state offers something for all ages.
Cultural Sites in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Pennsylvania has continued to put great effort into contributing and preserving the historic art pieces the define this area. Located in Dutch Country, the Whitaker Center For Science & The Arts is a 130,000-square foot facility in Harrisburg focus on science and art in one place. The center is home to the Select Medical IMAX Theater, a performance art theater, a science center, and permanent art collections, like the “Bodies in Motion: The Physics of Human Movement.”
While in Harrisburg, go to Reservoir Park to check out the National Civil War Museum. Here you will be able to see more than 24,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Civil War with a quarter of the collection ranging from 1850 through 1876. Explore the museum at your own pace with a self-guided tour to better understand this historical time in America. When your tour is complete, stop by the museum gift shop to browse the selection of books, artwork, clothing, collectibles and souvenir items.
Cultural Sites in Philadelphia
On your next trip to Philadelphia, carve out some time to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art where you will see over 227,000 pieces of art, including prints, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. Take a stroll through the Sculpture Garden, where you'll find a variety of interesting works. If you are visiting during Christmas time, Holidays at the Museum is something you must experience.
One of the most visited sites in Philadelphia is the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Honoring the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, this inspiring museum encourages visitors to learn about science and technology. This facility features the Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman Imax Theater, and Musser Theater, and is known as one of the first interactive science museums in the country. During your visit, you can check a out a variety of lectures, educational programs in the observatory, or even catch an outdoor movie on the lawn.
Cultural Sites in Central Pennsylvania
While traveling through the state, make a trip to Lancaster to check out the historic Fulton Opera House. The Fulton is rated as a League of Regional Theatres class C theater and features a wealth of stage performances, including world premieres and re-imagined classics. During the summer season, check out the Fulton Theater Tour with performances held every Friday night. Past notable productions include Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Singin' in the Rain, and A Chorus Line.
During your time in Lancaster you will also want to pay a visit to the Sights & Sounds Theatre – one of the largest faith based theatres in the country. This theatre offers a magnificent display of a set design, production, and acting. Performances are immersive and seemingly bring bible stories to life, often inviting guests to become a part of the show.
When visiting Allentown, stop by the Allentown Art Museum and take a tour through the over 13,000 works of art. The collections include European and American art, textiles, drawings, prints, and an extensive library. After your tour, you can stop by the café for a quick snack and pick up a souvenir at the museum gift shop.
Visit the Da Vinci Science Center and you will enjoy hands-on scientific experiments with fun for the entire family. Located in downtown Allentown, this intriguing center offer 11,000-square-foot facility of science and mathematics displays, and hands-on workshops. Take a stroll through the Science Hall of Fame and learn about the people who have made worthy contributions to the world of science.