Happy Valley is home to several great museums
STATE COLLEGE – While Happy Valley may not be a traditional city, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a variety of attractions and things to see in the area.
One particular area that Happy Valley thrives in is its museums. From one of the oldest historical societies in the United States to a museum entirely dedicated to Nittany Lion sports, Centre County has plenty for locals, visitors and families to see and do over the course of a trip.
Penn State All Sports Museum
Nittany Lion sports, especially football, has long been a treasured tradition in Happy Valley. Located in the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium is the Penn State All Sports Museum where “visitors encounter the athletic history of one of the greatest universities in the nation.” Go on self-guided, or guided tours with certain hours of the day offering stadium views of the legendary Penn State football stomping ground.
For more information, visit www.gopsusports.com/museum
Centre County Historical Society
One would never guess, but Centre County Historical Society is one of the country’s oldest historical organizations and has celebrated over 100 years of history. Headquartered in the Centre Furnace Mansion, which is on the list of National Register of Historic Places, the CCHS has permanent and temporary exhibits celebrating the history of Centre County along with over nine gardens for visitors to check out.
For more information, visit www.centrehistory.org
Palmer Museum of Art
With over 8,200 objects in its permanent collection, the Palmer Museum of Art has enough to keep anyone – visiting or otherwise – busy and entertained. Located on Penn State’s University Park campus, this museum has art from all around the world including: American and European paintings, Japanese studio ceramics and objects from many different ancient cultures. With rotating museum exhibits and events that cater to both adults and child alike, along with free admission, there is no reason to not visit the Palmer Museum of Art.
For more information, visit www.palmermuseum.psu.edu
Pennsylvania Military Museum
The state of Pennsylvania has a long and storied military history and trying to condense it down into less than 100 words doesn’t do it justice. Located in Boalsburg, this museum was constructed in the 1960s and is one of the 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Military Museum, be sure to check out its official website at www.pamilmuseum.org.
Matson Museum of Anthropology
Located in the Carpenter Building on Penn State’s campus, the Matson Museum of Anthropology strives to inform students and visitors about the “rich diversity of contemporary and ancient human cultures, the history of human evolution, and scientific explanations for human cultural and biological variability.” One unique factor about this museum is that it houses the offices for those in the Anthropology department at the university and their knowledge about this subject helps bring another beneficial factor to the site.
For more information, visit www.anth.la.psu.edu/matson-museum/matson-museum-of-anthropology
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