The Susquehanna Art Museum is located in Harrisburg, PA and was founded in 1982. SAM is central PA’s only dedicated art museum, mounting exhibitions that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of the community as well as a wide range of aesthetic interests.
Strolling the galleries, you’re not likely to find works by Picasso, Monet or Rembrandt. Instead, you’ll find the work of local, regional, national and international artists. Innovative, relevant, and engaging exhibitions constantly rotate in and out.
Visiting the Susquehanna Art Museum is an enriching and educational experience. Located in the heart of PA’s capital city, the museum is housed in a historic building in midtown that is more than a century old. SAM has kept many of the features of the historic building in place, such as the old bank vault.
What You’ll Find at the Susquehanna Art Museum
The Susquehanna Art Museum offers a wide variety of exhibitions and activities. From traditional works of art to modern pieces, the museum offers something for everyone. Visitors can explore the works of the masters, including Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso, as well as the works of the more modern artists.
The Susquehanna Art Museum also has a number of fun and interactive activities for families. An exhibit, “The Hidden Museum,” which runs through December 2024, challenges you to locate “hidden” works of art the Susquehanna Art Museum. The premise of this exhibition is that you may not realize something is a work of art until you read the label. Even then, is it? The museum also offers a range of classes, for workshops, and special events for adults and children that allow visitors to explore the museum and its collection even further.
I particularly enjoyed the Four Pillars = Mount Gretna Artist Residency. This exhibit featured paintings by current and former residents of the Mount Gretna School of Art’s residency program. These were chosen for the exhibit because they reflect the artist’s time spent in the community and the natural surroundings of the area.
Know Before You Go
The Susquehanna Art Museum is a great place to spend a few hours — and returning again and again — exploring and learning about art. Whether you are a student, an art enthusiast or just someone who loves to explore someplace they haven’t been before, the Susquehanna Art Museum will have something that interests you. Free parking lot behind the museum at Calder & James Streets.
Getting there: 1401 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA
Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
Website: art museum
Love regional art museums like I do? Check out these great art museums to visit!
- Allentown Art Museum
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- James A. Michener Art Museum
- Museum of Fine Arts (Washington County, MD)
- Rockwell Museum
- Southern Allegheny Museum of Art – Altoona — COMING SOON
- Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art – Ligonier
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Check out other great things to see and do in and near Harrisburg PA:
- Fort Hunter Mansion — COMING SOON!
- Hike in Gifford Pinchot State Park
- National Civil War Museum — COMING SOON!
- Stay in a Cabin at Gifford Pinchot State Park