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Penn State Museums: Which is the Best?

Penn State’s museums offer students an array of opportunities to supplement classroom instruction or to simply learn something new.

Whether one is looking for a diversion during parents’ weekend or an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon, there is always somewhere to go and something to see. Here are some of our favorites. Let us know what yours are below.

All Sports Museum – Beaver Stadium

  • Winter Hours: Monday-Thursday Closed, Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Features photos and mementos celebrating student athletics at Penn State.
  • Notable pieces include John Cappelletti’s 1973 Heisman Trophy and Horace Ashenfelter’s Gold Medal from the 1952 Olympics.

Palmer Museum of Art – Curtin Road

  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m.
  • Boasts thirty-five centuries of artwork across a multitude of mediums including painting, ceramics and sculpture and features many special exhibits.

The Land-Grant Frescoes – Old Main

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Penn Stater knows that the University began as a ‘land-grant’ institution in 1866. Located in Old Main’s upper lobby, the artwork spans 1,300 feet. The fresco series is considered one of the largest pieces of art on campus.

Earth and Mineral Science Museum – 16 Deike Building

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • If the natural world is more your thing, have no fear. This location features a large collection of minerals, rocks, and fossils, and includes a collection of artwork dedicated to “mining and related industries.”

Matson Museum of Anthropology – 2nd Floor, Carpenter Building

  • Hours: Currently Closed for Renovation. The Matson serves as a resource for archaeological and biological specimens. Special exhibits include Mexico’s Day of the Dead and “Afghanistan: Land of Discord.” The exhibits tell the story of a country through distinctive traditions.

Pasto Agricultural Museum

  • Ag Progress Days site, Rock Springs – Hours: Ag Progress Days (August 16-18: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Pasto showcases over 1,300 items ranging in date from 4,000 B.C. to the 1940s. The museum showcases the development of agricultural processes (man and machinery) through the centuries.

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Michael Verbickas

I'm a Junior majoring in Print Journalism and English. I consider myself passionate about history, sports, politics, crossword puzzles and short stories.

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