Transportation  Museums

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Data Explanation

Transportation Museums

Collecting the data for this map started with a visit to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) website (see below), which links to the nearby Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, followed by searching for other Pennsylvania museums having connections to the history and technologies of transportation. A map of the PHMC's administrative regions was then added to give some context to the distribution of these museums, even though there is only the one PHMC property.

Transportation-themed museums are highly appropriate for Pennsylvania across all the modes of transportation shown here. Pennsylvania was a leader in the development and the success of the railroad industry. The railroad was the lifeblood of much of our highly successful early industrial economy and many places around the state have kept pieces of that heritage alive. Pennsylvania also led the way in the development of early roads and highway transportation with the construction of the Philadelphia-Lancaster Turnpike in the late 1700s and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the late 1930s. We excelled in three forms of water transportation: ocean-going ships in Philadelphia, lake vessels in Erie (though neither of those categories are represented here) and boats and barges on canals and rivers. Air transportation, bicycles and horse-drawn vehicles round out the variety.

Data Comparisons

Museum Type Automotive Trains Boats Air Other
PA Totals 8 17 2 6 8
North West 0 1 0 0 0
North East 1 2 0 1 3
South West 0 1 0 1 3
Central 0 3 0 0 0
South Central 3 6 0 0 1
East 4 4 2 2 1
South East 0 0 0 2 0