Top Historical Sites & Attractions in Bellefonte, PA

American Philatelic Society

The American Philatelic Center is the home of the American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library. The Center is located in a restored nineteenth-century Match Factory Complex on the National Historic Register — consisting of a series of interconnected buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1899. Visitors are welcome to tour the historic Center and see the valuable services we offer first hand. The Match Factory complex is less than one mile from the Reynolds Mansion in Bellefonte, PA.

Centre County Library & Historical Museum

Genealogical and historical reference library. The Pennsylvania Room is a specialized genealogical and historical reference library that is part of the Centre County Library & Historical Museum. The facility is free to use and open to the public. It is located in the historic Miles-Humes House in Bellefonte, PA.  If you are coming from out of town, call or email in advance to confirm the hours of operation as they change for special events. (814)355-1516 ext. 214 and visit the website at

Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County

The Bellefonte Art Museum celebrates the human spirit through the arts and recognizes the importance of art in our lives by exhibiting and selling art by local artists from our Artist Registry; providing creative enrichment for individuals, families, and children; and exhibiting artistic and cultural shows from outside the area. The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, a “Let’s Move!” museum, is proud to be featured on the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Hours are 12:00 – 4:30pm Friday through Sunday.

Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society

The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society hosts speeder rides over the summer and during the Bellefonte Cruise Car Show on Father’s Day Weekend. They also host seasonal events like Santa Express rides in December and Fall Foliage Rides in October.

Boalsburg Heritage Museum

The Boalsburg Heritage Museum features historical items significant to Boalsburg and Centre County.

Centre Furnace Mansion

The Centre Furnace Mansion was built in 1942 by ironmaster, Moses Thompson. Open Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Tours are free but donations are appreciated.

Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion

The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion is a historical site home to the Boal Mansion, a 200 year old estate with ties to Christopher Columbus. The site is also home to the Columbus Chapel, the most important Columbus collection on the North American continent. They offer $10 tours. Open every day except Mondays from May 1 – October 31, closes at 5:00pm.

PA Military Museum

The PA Military Museum offers $6 tours. Closed Mon. and Tues. Open Wed. thru Sat. 10am – 4pm and Sun. 12 – 4pm. Open on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day.

Piper Aviation Museum

The Piper Aviation Museum  preserves the history and legacy of the Piper Aircraft Corporation. They offer $6 tours. Open every day until 4:00pm.

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