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The Packwood House Museum was created to protect and interpret the collections of decorative, industrial, and fine arts bequeathed to the Museum by Edith and John Fetherston. The purposes of these collections are for research, education, exhibition, and public service. The scope of collections has been expanded to include new items to complete each segment of decorative arts in the original bequest: furniture, quilts, ceramics, glass, metals, paintings, and Oriental art. Special emphasis is placed on representative objects made or used by people in Central Pennsylvania from settlement to the present.
The Packwood House Museum is one of Pennsylvania's premiere historic house museums that possesses a 10,000-piece decorative arts collection of 18th-20th century American antiques. First constructed in 1799, the 27-room museum specializes in artifacts from around the central Pennsylvania region, including quilts, furniture, glass, ceramics, paintings, guns, deeds and numerous international pieces. Guided tours are offered. The tour center features an introductory exhibit, gift shop, and gallery for rotating exhibits.