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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Trails of History (historic sites and museums), the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, and the Bureau of Management Services.

Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state. Over the years, the museum has greatly expanded its collections and modernized its public offerings to serve the needs of succeeding generations of Pennsylvanians. Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964. It became a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1945.

Explore! Nature Virtual Exhibit
Explore! virtual resources to explore more about nature! Watch, explore and send us your questions. Videos and activities on topics of Animal Signs, Animal Winter Adaptations, Conifers and Tree Slice Activity, the Emerald Ash Borer, Groundhogs, Pennsylvania Rocks and much more!

Curiosity Kids: Nature Virtual Exhibit
Curiosity Kids is a program for early learners that bridges the fun of Curiosity Connection with the wonders of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. We want to make sure you and your curious kids have access to some fun activities. The online exhibit has some great videos and activities about nature. Be curious!