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Art Collection

The Governor’s Residence is home to a collection of historic art dating from the late 18th century. Visitors touring the State and Public Rooms will view paintings by great artists such as Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Charles Peale Polk, and Gilbert Stuart. Many of these remarkable pieces are on loan from world-class institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Governor's Residence offers tours on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by completing our online tour request form.


Game Changers: Pennsylvania Women Who Made History

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As part of Women’s History Month, First Lady Frances Wolf announced a new exhibit at the Governor’s Residence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which in 1920 gave women across the country the right to vote. The exhibit, entitled Game Changers: Pennsylvania Women Who Made History, showcases 32 Pennsylvania women who made a significant mark over the last century.

“This exhibit tells the story of women who proved to be “game changers” in their respective fields, overcoming – as the suffragists who came before them – often insurmountable odds to impact positive change in Pennsylvania,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Tom and I hope that this exhibit will serve as a reminder that we all must celebrate and continue to encourage younger generations of women to become leaders in their own professions and communities.”

Game Changers is a collaboration with the Office of the Governor, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, and the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The exhibit will remain on display throughout 2019, after which it will move to The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

The display consists of portraits of women from across the state representing diverse fields including education, science, business, human rights advocacy, and the arts – and details the contributions they made as well as the challenges they faced. Also exhibited are several objects representing recipients of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania award, a program that has honored women across the commonwealth since 1949.

“We are honored to be a part of this vitally important exhibit honoring not only the legacy of these 32 women and their contributions but of all Pennsylvania women who have proven to be game changers in their own right,” said Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University and member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Pennsylvania's Governors' Residences from the 17th to the 21st Century

This photographic exhibit features official and unofficial homes of Pennsylvania's governors throughout the Commonwealth's history.  The narrative begins in Harrisburg's first decade as the state capitol, through the current era and concludes with domiciles of Pennsylvania governors that have become landmarks in their own right.

This project was developed by David Morrison and Jeb Stuart of the Historic Harrisburg Association at the suggestion of First Lady Frances Wolf and is based on a lecture of the same name given by Morrison for the association.  This fascinating anthology is in the Residence's South Hall and will remain in Residence indefinitely.