Celebrate Pennsylvania’s 343rd Birthday with Free Admission to PA Trails of History Sites and Museums, View Penn’s Charter at the New PA State Archives  

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will celebrate the Commonwealth’s 343rd birthday on Sunday, March 10, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History and an exhibit of William Penn’s 1681 Charter at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in March 1681. The 343-year-old Charter, often referred to as Pennsylvania’s birth certificate, is written on parchment using iron gall ink. The Pennsylvania State Archives preserves the document in a high-security vault, shielding it from strong light and environmental fluctuations.

The 1681 Charter will be on display on Sunday, March 10, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the new Pennsylvania State Archives facility1681 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg. 

State-owned historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History will offer free admission on Sunday, March 10.

Participating historic sites and museums include: