Spring is great time to visit PA Capitol, State Museum, Phillips-Hill says

HARRISBURG – Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) is reminding local residents of the exhibits and opportunities at the state Capitol and Museum this spring.

“We are blessed to have the most beautiful Capitol building in the entire country, and it’s a treasure that should be explored by local residents,” Phillips-Hill said. “The state Museum also has several items on display that offer a rare look into the rich history of the Commonwealth.”

The Senate of Pennsylvania’s library features “Spirit and Substance: 100 Years of Violet Oakley, Capitol Muralist.” The exhibition is a celebration of Oakley’s Senate chamber mural as well as her contributions to artwork throughout the Capitol. Oakley was the first female artist to receive a large commission to paint murals throughout a state capitol building in the United States. The celebration of her contributions to the Commonwealth coincide with Women’s History Month.

This week, visitors have a rare opportunity to see the original charter granted to William Penn in 1681 by England’s King Charles II. The original document is 338 years old and is only on display for this week to commemorate the anniversary of Pennsylvania’s creation. The event is on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Local residents seeking more information or who would like to arrange for a tour of the state Capitol may reach out to Phillips-Hill’s office at 717-787-7085 or complete a tour form on her website at www.SenatorKristin.com/contact-me — select: Schedule a Capitol Tour.