Saturday, January 30, 2010

PA State Museum

If you are a frequent visitor to this blog you know that on the weekends I do not like to sit around the house. We have been sharing a car for 10 years now (it's tough) and I sit around the house all week.
In last week's Sunday paper there was a story about the Pennsylvania State Museum's new exhibit on Mammoths and Mastodons including a newly remounted mastodon skeleton that was found in a peat bog in PA. I've always wanted to visit this museum but never really had any reason until now. All I can say is wow, this place really blew me away. Four stories of PA artifacts and treasures from art (past & present) to vehicles (horse and gas powered), Civil War history, geology, Native American history, natural history and more. To top it off it's insanely cheap - only $8 total for our admission. They also had a planetarium show but we didn't have time for it. Here are some photos from our day.

A HUGE statue of William Penn at the entrance.
I loved the mural behind him too.

An unusal sled. The sign said it was used for mail delivery I think.

Stuffed Bison. I liked how this diorama was painted.
The stars lit up in the backgroud.

My favorite painting of the day.
"A Romantic View of Nuclear Power"
by Clifford Lamoree

An impressiove painting of The Battle of Gettysburg.

And a sweet little robin to great us as we left.

Please visit the gift shop's website for some lovely arts and crafts by PA residents.


Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wonderful stuff! I can literally spend an entire day in a museum. We'e going to make it a point to head down that way again...hopefully soon. :) Theresa

JeniQ said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Jen. William Penn makes your husband and daughter look like very miniature humans.

Zan Asha said...

WOW! Looks like a great place to visit! Once again, you have made it more and more enticing to move to PA, JEN!! Haha, I like everything, but the Nuclear Power painting--love the crazy skeleton hand--ha!

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Oh Wow! I love this kind of stuff! What a neato place to visit!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

How utterly cool! I would have loved to have been along!

sam said...

What a fantastic place, I would love to see the mastodon skeleton!

Suzie said...

That looks like a fantastic museum! I'm so happy that you got to go, and that you enjoyed your day!

Rising Rainbow said...

That really is an interesting old sled. I've never seen one like it before. Thanks for sharing.