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Art in Pennsylvania takes many shapes and interpretations as you move across the state. You’ll find both the expected and unusual as you explore the Keystone State.
Encompassing over 130,000 square feet, the Whitaker Center For Science & The Arts is a pride of both Harrisburg and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Housing the Select Medical IMAX Theater, the Harsco Science Center, and the Sunoco Performance Theater, the Whitaker Center truly exhibits science and art all in one stop.
First opened in 1999 in downtown Harrisburg, the Whitaker Center is closed on Mondays, and encourages visitors to check out 20-minute Big Science Theatre and other pieces of the permanent collection like “Bodies in Motion: The Physics of Human Movement.”
Home to more than 13,000 works of art, the Allentown Art Museum is a must-see when traveling through Allentown in central Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1934 by Pennsylvania impressionist artist Walter Emerson Baum, the museum houses not only European and American art, but textiles, prints, drawings, and an impressive library. Closed Mondays, the Allentown Art Museum also offers a Museum Café, Museum Store, and self-guided walking tours.
Set on the Schuylkill River, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the top destinations in the metro area with more than 800,000 annual visitors. The origins of the Philadelphia Museum of Art can be traced back to 1876, when the Centennial Exhibition was held at Fairmount Park.
What was then known as Memorial Hall was built as the art gallery for the Centennial Exhibition – it would remain open as the Museum of Art and Industry, eventually landing its current name.
On your next visit to Philadelphia, plan a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and check out a variety of prints, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts – over 227,000 pieces.
Check out the Sculpture Garden, where you'll find a variety of unique and interesting pieces. During the holiday season, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and experience Holidays at the Museum.