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The culture of Pennsylvania


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Outstanding museums in Philadelphia include the Franklin Institute Science Museum, which is devoted largely to advances in science and technology. The Academy of Natural Sciences is the oldest scientific institution of its kind. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is devoted to the study of humans and contains artifacts from ancient civilizations and from Native American tribes of North and South America. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, founded in Philadelphia in 1805 to promote the cultivation of the fine arts, is the nation’s oldest art institution. It possesses a fine collection of American art, ranging from colonial times to the present. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has outstanding collections of paintings, sculpture, and tapestries from Europe, America, and East Asia.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh


The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The art museum features an international survey of contemporary art and the Heinz Architectural Center. The Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center opened in 1996. The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg specializes in the state’s history and archaeology.

The nation’s first circulating library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, was founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin and others.

The Library Company


The Library Company is currently a research center with an outstanding collection of rare books and Americana. Pennsylvania has 455 tax-supported library systems, which annually circulate an average of 5.2 books for every resident. There are a great many more school and college libraries. The library systems of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh rank among the largest in the nation. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, has a notable collection of manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and periodicals dealing with Pennsylvania and U.S. history. "Pennsylvania" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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