University Park Pennsylvania Museums

It's one of the best places to see and admire how much Penn State has changed since the early 1900s. Tucked away in the basement of University Park, just a few blocks from the University of Pennsylvania's main campus, the Penn State All-Sports Museum continues its virtual programming.

The museum includes 34 sports, all of which have been called variety sports since the school was founded in 1855. Unsurprisingly, the Penn State football department occupies the largest space in the sports museum, but even the average sports fan will find some really interesting nuggets in the museum. If you love your school's sports, you can enjoy the museum for free with a $5 admission fee or $10 for a day pass.

The Penn Museum collection is divided into three categories: artifacts found in the past during excavations, objects and ideas collected by the cultural heritage, and artifacts from the museum's collections. Art collectors, art travelers and artists will find the Palmer Museum of Art and Penn State Art Museum collections very useful. You can also take a guided tour and learn about the rich cultures that have contributed to the Palmer Museum exhibitions. Visit the Art Gallery of Pennsylvania, University Park Museum or College of Arts and Sciences for more information about each museum.

The original building of the University's Art Museum was a Brutalist box with three galleries, which opened in 1972. Since then, the building has been greatly expanded, the box converted into an auditorium with 150 seats and enveloped in eleven new galleries. Some of the museum's most important collections are from the Royal Tombs of Ur, excavated by the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the British Museum of Iraq, and built in the late 1970s and early 1980s as part of a $1.5 million renovation project.

One of the museum's highlights, the Nittany Lion, is located next to the temporary exhibition space and houses the largest collection of Penn State football memorabilia.

Penn State Nature Center is located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Bigler Road, next to the University Park campus. The entrance to the parking lot is on Bigler Road, opposite the Lewis Katz Building, which houses the Dickinson School of Law. At the intersection of Park Avenue, Biglers Road and Park Street there is an adjacent campus "University Park" with a parking garage on the east side of the street.

If you are a State College native, visit the Arboretum to experience the beauty of all four seasons. If you are planning a trip during Penn State's spring break, enjoy a quiet walk around the campus as it is great for discovering historic attractions. The area offers more than just the Nature Center, not to mention the State Theater and the Campus Museum. If you want to visit University Park during a walking tour of the Penn State campus, you should best plan your trip in the fall, late spring or summer.

While the kick-off is at 3.30 pm or later, the museum is open to all friends on Saturday, 23 September, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

If you are interested in a job at Penn State, please log in to Workday to complete the application process and obtain a day's permit. We often look forward to telling you what our fondest memories of the museum are and why we volunteer, but the tide has turned and we have a special guest to tell you about the history of Penn State Athletics. Join us and take a look at some of our most memorable moments from the past, present and future and let us know your thoughts on why you volunteer.

If you want to play a few rounds of golf, head to Penn State Golf Courses for a day of fun and relaxation with some of the best golf courses in the country.

If you want to learn more about the school's sports history, don't miss the Penn State Athletics Museum at the University Park Pennsylvania Museum. The heart of this museum displays all the sports played at Penn State's varsity level. Nearby attractions include the State College Library, the Alumni Hall of Fame and the College of Arts and Sciences. A Quality Inn on North Atherton Street is located right next to the museum, making it a great place for anyone wanting to see sights.

The museum is located in Headhouse III, on the second floor of the University Park Pennsylvania Museum on North Atherton Street in State College. The main building of the museum, the Penn State Athletics Museum, is also located at Head House III on Nittany Drive.

The facility, designed by Allied Works Architecture, will integrate and connect with the Arboretum and will bear its own name. To get the project off the ground, the Board of Trustees approved a $1.2 million grant from the University Park Foundation in May 2019 to include the project in the 2018-2019 budget. Working closely with Penn State officials, including the Department of Arts and Humanities and the Office of the President and Vice President for Student Affairs, Allied works has developed a schematic design to offer a new facility that will provide access to the museum's collection of more than 1,000 artworks and artifacts. It will replace the Palmer Museum of Art, which has been open since 1972, and will be located on the second floor of Head House III, but a lack of space has prevented an extension since 1993.

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