The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will open all of its
state-owned historic sites and museums, including
The State Museum of Pennsylvania , to the public on Friday, April 30 with reduced hours of operation and limited capacity.
What to Expect at Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Facilities
As we open our sites to the public, we will need to adjust our operations to provide a safer environment for staff, volunteers and visitors and to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Although all of our facilities are unique and protocols may vary somewhat from site to site, the following guidelines apply at all properties.
Face Masks Required
All visitors, volunteers, and staff must wear a face mask when entering and while visiting our sites or when near others on the grounds. Based on guidelines from the CDC, face masks have been shown to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19, so for our safety and that of our visitors, anyone not willing to wear masks will not be admitted.
Social Distancing Required
To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all visitors, volunteers, and staff must practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from anyone not in your household. Wearing a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
To ensure social distancing and keep visitors and our staff safe, we are reducing the capacity of visitors at our sites and museums according to Department of Health guidelines.
Visitors must wash or sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer as they begin their visit at the site’s visitor center and/or house museum. They should do so again before leaving. Hand sanitizer will be available at all of our facilities.
Visit Later If You Have Symptoms
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, chills, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of taste) should refrain from visiting until they are symptom-free. We will welcome you back at that time.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
“High touch” surfaces such as door handles, push plates, railings, switches, countertops, and benches will be disinfected frequently throughout the day. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected several times throughout the day depending on visitation levels.
For details on what to expect at specific locations, as well as opening dates and times, please visit the appropriate website:
Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford
Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeannette
Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf
Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall
Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro
Drake Well Museum, Titusville
Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly
Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata
Erie Maritime Museum & Flagship Niagara, Erie
Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh
Graeme Park, Horsham
Hope Lodge, Ft. Washington
Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Lancaster
Old Economy Village, Ambridge
Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville
Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Ulysses
Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg
Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg
Somerset Historical Center, Somerset
State Museum Of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
Events & Gatherings
No events or gatherings, including exhibit openings, special events and facility rentals are scheduled at this time in order to give staff the opportunity to reacclimate to regular operations before holding events. PHMC will provide an update when they can resume scheduling.
School groups, including groups of homeschoolers, will resume in the fall.
Summer camps will resume no earlier than July.
Large Outdoor Fall Events
PHMC plans to permit larger events in the fall in accordance with capacity restrictions and mitigation guidelines.
Marker dedications will resume in April in accordance with capacity restrictions and mitigation guidelines.