Historical Attractions in Pennsylvania with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Pennsylvania!)

Pennsylvania is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Keystone State  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Pennsylvania’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Pennsylvania when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Da Vinci Science Centre

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    Allentown

    Lots of hands on fun things to do with plenty of events and special exhibitions throughout the year. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

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    Media

    A fascinating living history museum depicting Pennsylvania farm life in the late 1700s. History comes back to life in this historical day out!

  • Fort Ligonier

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    Ligonier

    A modern museum and a fully reconstructed/restored fortification within the current property limits. Lots of family events throughout the year.

  • Windber Coal Heritage Center

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    Windber

    The Windber Coal Heritage Center describes not only the life of the miner below ground but also above ground. Learn how the miners worked 12 hours underground and pick up mining equipment

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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    Wharton

    A fascinating and historical experience in Pennsylvania with Fort Necessity National Battlefield, with tours, demonstrations and history to be learnt!

  • Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train

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    Ashland

    Kids can take a step back in time with this immersive historical experience understanding a life as a coal miner.

  • Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

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    Doylestown

    Explore daily life circa 1850s through over 40,000 objects, plus guided tours of a castle in Pennsylvania!

  • Independence National Historical Park

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    Philadelphia

    The birthplace of America! Venture to Independence National Historical Park and witness Independence Hall, the infamous Liberty Bell, and Franklin Court!

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

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    Gettysburg

    A fascinating way for kids to learn about the turning point in the Civil War, and the inspiration for Lincoln's Immortal "Gettysburg Address" - the battle site of Gettysburg.

  • Betsy Ross House

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    Philadelphia

    Explore the birthplace of the American flag at the Betsy Ross House, full of amazing history to learn through interactive experiences!

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  • Experience Childrens Museum

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    Erie

    Come explore over 55 hands-on exhibits in a "please touch" environment that teaches children and adults the natural sciences, social studies, arts, and life experiences. A balance between education ...

  • Hands-on House Childrens Museum

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    Lancaster

    A children's museum dedicated to helping kids ages 2 to 10 learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process! Discover, play, and have fun on the interactive exhibits!

  • Erie Maritime Museum Flagship Niagara

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    Erie

    Offering a wide range of multi-media and interactive exhibits coupled with interpretive programs, vividly illustrating Niagara's history and the region's rich maritime heritage.

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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    Pittsburgh

    Dinosaurs are just the beginning at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where scientific discovery comes alive! Free hands-on and family activities available each weekend and weekdays during the ...

  • Children's Museum

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    Bloomsburg

    Loads of interactive hands-on exhibits which bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Over 50 interactive exhibits, presentations, live animals, and special ...

  • The Houdini Museum

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    Scranton

    The museum is devoted entirely to the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini. Fabulous guided exhibit and fantastic fun magic show with live magician and animals.

  • Americana Museum of Bird-in-Hand

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    Bird in Hand

    Take a nostalgic walk through small town America at the dawn of the 20th century. Museum exhibits include a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store, blacksmith ...

  • Philadelphia Museum

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    Philadelphia

    Overlooking one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes nearly a million visitors each year, encouraging them to embark upon a walk through time that ...

  • Independence Seaport Museum

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    Philadelphia

    Take a seat for your choice of seafaring lesson and join us on an exciting voyage through our region's rich maritime history.

  • Please Touch Museum

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    Philadelphia

    Fun play experiences for those under 7 years in this interactive museum, with a number of exhibit zones, and a special toddler area too!

  • Explore & More Childrens Museum

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    Gettysburg

    Explore & More is a Hands-on Children's Museum dedicated to providing challenging, educational experiences targeted at the education and growth of young children.

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

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    West Chester

    The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nations premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the ...

  • American Civil War Wax Museum

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    Gettysburg

    The American Civil War Museum brings history "back to life" Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, our museum is an educational and inspiring experience for families or tour groups of all ages. The ...

  • National Toy Train Museum

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    Strasburg

    Hundreds of toy trains in a modern museum built like a historic train station! Toy trains are for kids of all ages! While real trains go back to the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the early ...

  • National Museum of American Jewish History

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    Philadelphia

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will join Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the ...

  • The Johnstown Childrens Museum

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    Johnstown

    A fun children's museum that allows kids to learn through play! With exhibits and activities on geography, history, creative arts, and storytelling.

  • Carnegie Science Center

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    Pittsburgh

    Science made fun in Pittsburgh with hands-on exhibits connecting science and tech to daily life. Great interactive fun for kids!

  • America On Wheels

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    Allentown

    23,000 sq ft of cars, racing vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles in a series of changing exhibits and events - great for motor loving kids!

  • Railroaders Memorial Museum

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    Altoona

    Kids can go back in time with exhibits and artifacts of railroad history, particularly that of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center

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    Erie

    Huge array of interactive exhibits which will appeal to literally every age group. Also features Discovery Center for more hands on learning, enormous Big Screen theatre, plus the 75ft tall TREC ...

  • Everhart Museum

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    Scranton

    Kids can learn about natural history, science and art in this fascinating and educational museum.

  • National Watch and Clock Museum

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    Columbia

    A fascinating look into the history of time! Clocks from all over the world fill this museum of timekeeping in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

  • Toonseum

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    Pittsburgh

    A fun and unique small boutique museum filled with colorful and fascinating cartoon art and comics!

  • Heinz History Center

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    Pittsburgh

    The largest history museum in Pennsylvania, as well as a fascinating sports museum, the Heinz History Center introduces kids to 250 years of Pittsburgh history!

  • State Museum of Pennsylvania

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    Harrisburg

    Fun, exploration and discovery are waiting for kids and the whole family at this fascinating Harrisburg museum. From dinosaurs, mammals, and history covering topics from Native Americans and Civil ...