About Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Picture of William Penn Statue, Revolutionary War reenactors, two colonial girls playing, and a scroll and quill pen.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services.

The PHMC was created by Act No. 446, approved June 6, 1945, amending the Administrative Code. The legislation that describes the powers and duties of the Commission is Title 37, Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (PDF, 104 KB) commonly referred to as the "Pennsylvania History Code".

Our Mission
The PHMC works in partnership with others to preserve the Commonwealth's natural and cultural heritage as a steward, teacher and advocate for the people of Pennsylvania and the nation.

Our Vision
The PHMC enriches people's lives by helping them to understand Pennsylvania's past, to appreciate the present, and to embrace the future.

Our History 
Read about the State Museum of Pennsylvania's 100+ year history in  The State Museum of Pennsylvania: A Centennial History 1905-2005 (PDF, 5.97 MB)

Read about the history of our historic sites and museums in the Pennsylvania History section of the Web site.