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Historic sites, museums around the state set reopening date

By: - March 24, 2021 12:02 pm

Replica of Drake’s Engine House and Derrick built in 1945 taken from the Museum Exhibit Building. (Photo from the Drake Well Museum and Park).

Pennsylvania’s state-owned historic sites and museums will begin welcoming in-person visitors back starting April 30, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced Wednesday. 

On April 30, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the more than two dozen sites under state jurisdiction will begin operating under reduced hours and limited capacity, which will vary by site. 

The Pennsylvania State Archives, PHMC administrative offices and the State Historic Preservation Office will remain closed. 

Visitors and staff of the soon-to-reopen sites will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The state-owned sites will reopen to school groups, including homeschool groups, this fall, PHMC confirmed in a statement. 

Details, including hours of operation and COVID mitigation measures can be found on the website of the specific locations: 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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