Museums

Indiana County was one of the major routes for the Underground Railroad in the early 1800’s.   This time frame of the transporting slaves through to the region to gain there freedom is reenacted in an annual performance.  The Underground Rail Road Museum located in Blairsville is open May through October and makes for great field trips, group outings and a backdrop for events.

Many of IUP’s buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. You will find those sites throughout the campus; some house the administrative offices while others hold an occasional academic class.

There is one item that you will only find in Indiana County, PA; the birthplace of the Hollywood Actor Jimmy Stewart known for several classics including Harvey, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life.   A museum located in downtown Indiana showcases his life and the many contributions he made in the film industry, his military career, Boy Scouts of America and his involvement with the ASPCA.   Classic movies are shown in the museum’s theatre. 

Blairsville Area Underground Railroad

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214 S. East Lane
Blairsville, PA 15717
Phone: 724 343-1014
www.undergroundrailroadblairsvillepa.com

We are open for visitors Monday & Wednesday from 5PM - 8PM and Saturday from 9AM - 12PM. We are an 100% volunteer-based organization devoted to preserving and presenting the history of the Underground Railroad in Indiana County, PA and the surrounding region. Groups and schools are welcome! Interpretive signage in Blairsville shows our area's significance in the struggle against slavery. A map for this self-guided tour is available on our website.              


IUP University Museum

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John Sutton Hall
1011 South Drive
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-2397
www.iup.edu/museum/

Indiana University MuseumThe University Museum is located in John Sutton Hall, a beautifully restored and nationally registered historic landmark built in 1875. The mission of the Museum is to bring the material history and arts of the region together in an environment that encourages exploration, dialogue and enjoyment. This mandate is based on the belief that art and history are unbounded and essential to our understanding of who we were, who we are and who we want to be.


Categories: Museums   Historical   Things To Do  

Jimmy Stewart Museum

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835 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-349-6112
Fax: 724-349-6140
http://www.jimmy.org

The museum is dedicated to world renowned actor Jimmy Stewart. Located in Indiana, PA, his birthplace. Career and personal history and artifacts, 50 seat movie theatre, and Gift Shop. Winter Hours  Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.


Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center

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201 N. Findley Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Phone: 814-938-1000
Fax: 814-938-8830
www.weatherdiscovery.org

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit Weatherdiscovery.org to plan your visit!  


Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum/Saltsburg Area Historical Society

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105 Point Street
Saltsburg, PA 15681
Phone: 724-639-9003
rebeccabhaddenshm.com

The Saltsburg Area Historical Society acquired this old stone house, built in 1830, and established it as a well-documented museum of local history, including period furnishings, artifacts, and historical records of the surrounding region. Expertly developed displays tell the story of the canal era, the local salt, glass, and coal industries, and about collections of pottery, Indian arrowheads, blacksmiths tools, military items and memorabilia, and local residents who served as doctors, editors and educators, and inventors.new feature display is developed each year for Saltsburg's Canal Days celebration at the beginning of June. There is also a well-maintained and labeled Victorian-style public garden, planted and tended by the Saltsburg Herbal Society, that adds an interesting and beautiful outdoor experience for museum tours. The museum is open for tours on Wednesdays 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. all year except for the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The museum is also open for tours on Sundays 1 to 5 P.M., May through October. Tours are also available by appointment. A $2 donation per person is requested. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Saltsburg Historical Society/Rebecca Hadden Stone House