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Explore the Historic Sites and Museums on the Trail of History Hope Lodge, Ft. Washington Graeme Park, Horsham Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville Morton Homestead, Prospect Park Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro Brandywine Battlefield, Chadds Ford Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster Old Economy Village, Ambridge Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh Bushy Run Battlefield, Harrison City Somerset Historical Center, Somerset Pennsylvania State Archives & The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg Museum of Anthracite Mining, Ashland Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Galeton Drake Well Museum, Titusville Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie

1. Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
2. Drake Well Museum
3. Old Economy Village
4. Fort Pitt Museum
5. Bushy Run Battlefield
6. Somerset Historical Center
7. Pennsylvania Military Museum
8. Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
9. Joseph Priestley House
10. Pennsylvania State Archives
     and State Museum of Pennsylvania
11. Cornwall Iron Furnace
12. Conrad Weiser Homestead
13. Ephrata Cloister
14. Landis Valley Museum
15. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
16. Daniel Boone Homestead
17. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
18. Eckley Miners' Village
19. Scranton Iron Furnaces
21. Brandywine Battlefield
23. Hope Lodge and Mather Mill
24. Graeme Park
25. Washington Crossing Historic Park
26. Pennsbury Manor


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.

Learning to spin at Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster. PHMC photo. 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.