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Northeast Pennsylvania is rich in heritage and history. As summer break approaches, make a point to visit some of our local museums. Let your child’s imagination soar as he learns more about our area, products manufactured close to home or intriguing science facts that have always been a bit difficult to understand. Seeing - and touching - help bring those things you have only imagined into things that are REAL.

Museums Near You:

* Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, Scranton, anthracitemuseum.org, 963-4804

The Anthracite Heritage Museum offers a diverse collection representing all facets of work (in the mines, mills and factories) as well as the family life and values of the region’s ethnic communities.

* The Children's Museum, 2 West Seventh St, Bloomsburg, the-childrens-museum.org, 389-9206

The Children's Museum provides interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in children and visitors.

* Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, crayola.com/factory, 610-505-8000

The Crayola Factory provides hands-on activities and demonstrations on how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made with changing themes and projects throughout the year.

* DaVinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, davincisciencecenter.org, 484-664-1002

The DaVinci Science Center provides a 10,000-square-foot exhibit floor filled with interactive experiences and demonstrations to excite and inspire curious minds of all ages.

* The Discovery Center, 60 Morgan Rd, Binghamton, NY, thediscoverycenter.org, 607-773-8661

This hands-on interactive children’s museum offers play and learning in a safe, engaging atmosphere with community exhibits and themes.

* Eckley Miners Village and Museum, off Foster Ave, Route 940, Weatherly, eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com, 636-2070

Eckley is a rural industrial community which is dedicated to preserving the lives of thousands of nameless families who labored to build the nation through the industrial revolution.

* Electric City Trolley Station and Museum, 300 Cliff St, Scranton, ectma.org, 963-6590

The Electric City Trolley Museum celebrates Scranton as Pennsylvania’s first city with a successful pioneer trolley line and provides a picture of the electric railway history of eastern Pennsylvania.

* Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St, Scranton, everhart-museum.org, 346-7186

The Everhart Museum provides various collections, exhibits and programs to integrate natural history, science and art into the lives of people.

* Greater Hazleton Historical Society Museum, 55 North Wyoming St, Hazleton, hazletonmuseum.org, 455-8576

The Museum offers a varied look at the events, institutions and people responsible for shaping the Hazleton community. Anthracite mining exhibits are included.

* Houdini Museum, 1433 North Main Ave, Scranton, houdini.org, 342-5555

The Houdini Museum is the only building in the world dedicated to Harry Houdini and includes a two room Harry Houdini exhibit and magic shows.

* Luzerne County Museum, 69 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, 822-1727, luzernehistory.org

The Museum offers an exhibit on the Native American inhabitants and an anthracite mining exhibit including local artifacts, pictures and paintings.

* Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, pleasetouchmuseum.org, 215-581-3181

Please Touch Museum offers six interactive exhibit zones designed to encourage learning through play.

* The Pocono Indian Museum, Route 209, Bushkill, poconoindianmuseumonline.com, 588-9338

The Pocono Indian Museum is the only museum in Northeastern Pennsylvania dedicated to showing the history of the Delaware Indian through displays of ancient artifacts, weapons and tools.

* The State Museum, 300 North St, Harrisburg, statemuseumpa.org, 717-787-4980

The State Museum offers exhibits and exquisite collections interpreting the state’s fascinating heritage.

* Steamtown National Historic Site, Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Streets, Scranton, nps.gov/stea, 340-5200

Steamtown offers train rides and a tour of the History and Technology Museums to learn about the history of railroading and the changes the steam locomotive made in America.

* Timmy's Town Center, The Mall at Steamtown, Scranton, timmystowncenter.org, 341-1511

The Center offers hands-on engagement and interactive learning for children and their adult guests with exhibits and programs designed to demonstrate being part of a healthy community.

* Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market St, Harrisburg, whitakercenter.org, 717-214-ARTS

The Science Center offers three floors of imaginative, engaging exhibits to explore the sciences, perform experiments, and discover more about the world around you.

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