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Happy Birthday Pennsylvania!

Celebrate the Commonwealth’s 339th Birthday with historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History that will offer free admission on Sunday, March 8.

Admission is free on Charter Day, Sunday, March 8th only. We encourage you to contact the sites for hours prior to journeying out.  Members of the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation receive free admission year-round at all 22 of our historic sites including the Pennsylvania State Museum. *Some tours and special events may require an additional fee.

Participating historic sites and museums include:

In addition to free admission, The State Museum in Harrisburg will feature a rare display of William’s Penn’s original 1681 charter. Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in 1681. The 339-year-old Charter is written on parchment using iron gall ink. The State Archives preserves the document in a high-security vault, shielding it from strong light and environmental fluctuations.

Click here for more information on the original document.

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