Along with exhibits, guided tours, crafts demonstrations, fairs, and festivities, our historic sites and museums offer museum shops with many handcrafted pieces, some even reproduced from original artifacts. You’ll find orientation films, research libraries, walking trails, picnic areas, and acres of unspoiled land.
We’ll help you plan your visit
Just choose the historic site or museum you wish to visit, and click on the name under the map. In most cases, the link will take you directly to a Web site that will tell you everything you need to know to plan a visit. As you plan, see the Commonwealth’s Calendar of Events to learn about many of the programs held along the Pennsylvania Trail of History.
If you prefer a handy booklet to help you plan, click here to request a copy of our free visitors' guide—or call toll-free 1-866-PA-TRAIL to order. If you need additional information, contact our historic sites and museums via telephone or e-mail. You can also find a lot of information on nearby attractions, dining, and lodging at www.visitpa.com. For more detailed history of these important historic sites and museums, read articles on the Trail of History in our Pennsylvania History section. They’re all marked (PH) and were first published in our award-winning quarterly magazine, Pennsylvania Heritage®.
Our beautifully illustrated Trail of History guides will complete your planning and help you to understand more fully what you’re seeing during your visit.
Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Society® for free admission and more!
By becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Heritage Society, you’ll enjoy free admission to all of our historic sites and museums. Enjoy crafts, food, costumed interpreters, activities for all ages, and more at special events throughout the state. (Some special events have a small fee.) Individual and family memberships are available and make a great gift, too!
Field trips and distance learning help kids to appreciate our history
Many educational programs and resources are available for students and teachers. These include workshops, summer camps for kids, and distance learning opportunities that teachers can introduce into their classrooms. Our listing will help you find ways to show how history can be fun and entertaining, too.
Wait! There’s more to explore
A number of PHMC’s locally administered properties are found throughout Pennsylvania. Historic homes, churches, a village, and a fort—even a wildflower preserve—are managed by dedicated organizations on behalf of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. You’ll notice their pride as volunteers share with you those places which hold such significance for their towns and regions. Please call ahead for locations, directions, and hours of operation.
Note: For information on Morton Homestead, Delaware County, phone (610) 459-3342; for the Museum of Anthracite Mining, now administered by the Borough of Ashland, Schuylkill County, please call (570) 875-2411.