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“Home of the Only IMAX in Central PA”
Review of Whitaker Center

Whitaker Center
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Home of the Only IMAX in Central PA”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Home of the Only IMAX in Central PA...well maintained facility in the heart of downtwon Harrisburg. Lots of garage parking avialble around Strawberry Square.

Visited July 2013
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Kingston, New York
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“loved the museum”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

loved the museum and all the interactive activities for young and old alike. I think I may have actually had more fun then the kids and they had a blast. Nicely laid out and very "user friendly" there wasn't an exhibit that wasn't enjoyed by us all. We missed the IMax but will make sure next visit we do that first. Good stuff, thank you.

Visited March 2014
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State College, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great place for field trips!”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

In 2010, I went here on a field trip with my 12th grade science class to see Surgery Live and the museum. Surgery Live was very, very interesting and I would definitely recommend it. Some parts of the museum were designed for younger (maybe middle-school aged kids), but there is still plenty to see and exhibits that will entertain older teens and adults.

Visited March 2013
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“2yr old loved it”
Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

My son had a great time and it was included in my children's museum membership so it was free to get in which was awesome. Defiantly a nice place to take kids under 10.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Used to be better AND cheaper!”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Went with my teen daughter (who remembers the old Whitaker Center) and 3 boys age 4, 6, and 9. It was ok - kids had a decent time, but I definitely feel like Whitaker Center used to be far more educational AND fun - for those who don't know, this was originally "The Science Museum" and used to be housed in Strawberry Square downtown. It was very inexpensive compared to the Whitaker Center (maybe $5?). When they moved buildings and became an "arts center," suddenly the price doubled, at least. I had a relative who used to work in the old science museum, and they definitely felt like a lot of the stuff was "dumbed down" after the switch. After my recent visit, I had to agree.

A huge part of the space was taken up by the health education area, which includes the clown head in the photos here - one of my kids thought that part was especially disgusting and didn't enjoy it at all. As a couple folks already mentioned, several major exhibits were broken, and some areas were missing parts (there is an area where kids can assemble cars to see which way of building them makes them go fastest, but there were so many parts missing, it was very difficult to try different assemblies). Half of the lowest level was taken up by an exhibit that was supposed to teach kids about how movies are produced, but just looked like a bunch of beeping gadgets to me - didn't seem particularly educational, and wasn't very fun. Also, if you want to see a movie, you'll pay more.

Overall, if you need something safe and indoors for the kids to do, this isn't your worst choice, but the need for maintenance, ridiculous cost, and lack of much 'science' in this 'science center' makes this an underwhelming attraction.

Visited January 2014
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