If You Go

The Civil War mural at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

The Civil War mural at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

STATE MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA

Statemuseumpa.org

FOUNDED: 1964 in its current location
IN THREE WORDS: Something for everyone
NUMBER OF EXHIBITS: 7 permanent,  2 program exhibits, and 3 rotating exhibits
AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT: 1.5–2 hours
DON’T MISS: Reconstructed mastodon found in Marshalls Creek


One of the outdoor exhibits at the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.

One of the outdoor exhibits at the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.

US ARMY HERITAGE & EDUCATION CENTER

Carlisle.army.mil/AHEC

FOUNDED: 2001
IN THREE WORDS: Engaging, family-oriented, tradition
EXHIBITS: 5
AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT: 1.5–2 hours
DON’T MISS: The parachute drop and World War I tank


One of the five rotating exhibits at the Reno County Museum in Kansas.

One of the five rotating exhibits at the Reno County Museum in Kansas.

RENO COUNTY MUSEUM

Renocomuseum.org

FOUNDED: 1986 in its current location
IN THREE WORDS: Kansas local history
EXHIBITS: 5 indoors, several outdoors
AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT: 1 hour
DON’T MISS: New history of toys exhibit


An underground exhibit at Strataca: Kansas Underground Salt Museum.

An underground exhibit at Strataca: Kansas Underground Salt Museum.

STRATACA: KANSAS UNDERGROUND SALT MUSEUM

Underkansas.org

FOUNDED: 2007
IN THREE WORDS: Salt mine adventure
EXHIBITS: Span the underground gallery
AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT: 2-3 hours
DON’T MISS: The first phase of the new Geology of Salt exhibit


The saddle of a Civil War soldier's horse at the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg.

The saddle of a Civil War soldier's horse at the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg.

Seminary Ridge Museum

Seminaryridgemuseum.org

FOUNDED: July 1, 2013—150 years to the day after the battle began
IN THREE WORDS: Emotional, unexpected, personal
NUMBER OF EXHIBITS: 20,000 square feet of exhibit space
AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT: 1–2 hours
DON’T MISS: The Cupola Tour that provides a bird’s-eye view of the first day’s battlefield