Here in Happy Valley, there is an abundance of museums around the region that cater to many different interests.
Visiting a museum is a perfect way to spend a couple of hours if you’re looking for additional activities on a football weekend or just trying to cram some extra fun on your family vacation.
Start your trip by visiting the Lion Country Lodging Specials page to save on overnight accommodations then, visit the museums listed below for a great Happy Valley vacation.
Palmer Museum of Art
Enjoy free admission and more than 6,000 works of art at the Palmer Museum of Art, located on the campus of Penn State University.
In addition to its permanent collection, which features seven galleries, the museum frequently rotates special exhibits with the works of world-renowned artists.
Many different cultures and time periods are represented at Palmer. From European artwork, to Non-Western, African sculpture and ceramics, there’s plenty to pique your interest.
For those with a passion for art and who are looking to learn and develop some new skills, art classes and workshops for adults and children are held on several weekends throughout the year.
Penn State All-Sports Museum
Die-hard Penn State sports fans must pay a visit here.
Experience the history and tradition of Penn State athletics at the Penn State All-Sports Museum. With two floors full of interactive exhibits, you can spend hours going back through the archives and learning about the past successes of Penn State sports.
Interested in taking a tour of Beaver Stadium? The All-Sports Museum provides tours on select weekends throughout the year. The tour takes guests through the media room, home locker room, club level as well as a walk through the tunnel and onto the Beaver Stadium Field!
The All-Sports Museum is located in the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium and is closed on home football weekends.
Penn State Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum
Located on the first floor of the Deike Building on the campus of Penn State University, The Penn State Earth & Mineral Science Museum takes you inside the science of geology. With a collection of minerals, fossils and rocks totaling more than 22,000 specimens and the country's largest collection of paintings and sculptures depicting mining there is plenty to see and learn about. Admission to the museum is free.
Pennsylvania Military Museum
For history buffs, the Pennsylvania Military Museum is right up your alley.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum tells the story of the many brave citizens of the commonwealth who served our country in defense of its freedom with relics and other key military artifacts on prominent display inside and outside the museum.
Notable artifacts on site include tanks and heavy artillery weapons. The most prominent is the Wall of Honor, which takes up the front of the museum. The Wall of Honor is a striking collaboration of military service ribbons that were awarded to veterans.
Several living history programs are held throughout the year, including reenactments from crucial moments of the Vietnam War and World War II.
Other programs at the museum include lectures about past military campaigns and leaders.
Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
America’s only interactive railroaders museum is located in Altoona, which served as one of the most important contributors to the industrial revolution. Railroaders provided a significant impact on American life and industry and Altoona was a perfect example of that. The Pennsylvania Railroad facilities in Altoona became the world’s largest railshop complex by 1945 and Altoona was one of the most important rail facilities in the U.S.
With three floors of exhibits, the museum pays tribute to the workers and families of the era and takes you inside life in the late 19th early 20th centuries. While checking out the exhibits you will learn why Altoona became the bustling hub for the Pennsylvania Railroad, what it was like to work on the railroad, and how airplanes and highways replaced railroads as the primary method of transportation.
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