Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has year-round member events and activities. Visit our page and share your experience around Bethlehem's rich history.
Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit organization that makes history relevant to the present times. Come celebrate the past and hear the stories of the people who helped shape the culture of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and beyond. Our museums and historic sites present remarkable stories about our unique and curious town and its people. Join us for historic walks through downtown Bethlehem, the Colonial Industrial Quarter,or the Old Moravian Cemetery. Take a Segway tour of our town, see the sparks fly in our Blacksmith Shop, spend time at our "farm" in the city at Burnside Plantation. Visitors of all ages are invited to open our doors and step inside to experience three centuries of history. Go back in time with living history programs, special exhibits, lectures, and experience the Blueberry Festival.
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Yikes! And we though the flooding of Moravian College's Commuter Lot X looked bad! Check out this photo of the Monocacy ...
04/01/2020

Yikes! And we though the flooding of Moravian College's Commuter Lot X looked bad! Check out this photo of the Monocacy Creek at Western Union Boulevard and Third Avenue during the flood of February 1918.
1918
Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

04/01/2020

In the tenth episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses called “Love and Kisses.” Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

Be it a traffic jam or a log pile, you can't stop the people of Bethlehem! Here we have a view of unpaved South Main Str...
03/31/2020

Be it a traffic jam or a log pile, you can't stop the people of Bethlehem! Here we have a view of unpaved South Main Street and Monocacy Block. On the right is Fetter’s Hotel. On the left are buildings along the street.
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Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/31/2020

In the ninth episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses she calls “going to the dogs.” Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

Fishing has been an art of "social distancing" for centuries! In this photo, we see a young boy fishing at boat landing ...
03/30/2020

Fishing has been an art of "social distancing" for centuries! In this photo, we see a young boy fishing at boat landing near spring on the south side of Calypso Island.
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Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/30/2020

In the eighth episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses from Brazilian designer Carlos Falchi. Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

Could you imagine tolls booths on bike paths? Bikers did, in fact, once have to pay tolls! Here we see a toll booth and ...
03/29/2020

Could you imagine tolls booths on bike paths? Bikers did, in fact, once have to pay tolls! Here we see a toll booth and keeper on Broad Street between Allentown and Bethlehem. Sign reads: “Bicycle riders must stop and pay toll.”
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Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

Sunday is the perfect time to practice some self-care. Learn how the Victorians did it and try some of their methods out...
03/29/2020
Self-Care Like a Victorian Series, Part 1: 19th Century Activities Using Objects Found in Nature

Sunday is the perfect time to practice some self-care. Learn how the Victorians did it and try some of their methods out for yourself. Read the blog here: https://historicbethlehem.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/self-care-like-a-victorian-series-part-1-19th-century-activities-using-objects-found-in-nature/

This is part one of a three-part blog series dedicated to Self-Care in the 1800s. Victorian people believed that a brisk walk in fresh air could do a world of good for the body, mind, and spirit. H…

If you look closely, you might spot a ghost! Just kidding! This view is titled, “The Juliana Nitschmann Tomb, Old Moravi...
03/28/2020

If you look closely, you might spot a ghost! Just kidding! This view is titled, “The Juliana Nitschmann Tomb, Old Moravian Cemetery.” and looks east along the pathway in God’s Acre.
Published in Bethlehem, Pa Photo Gravures (1894) by Aug. H. Libert.
Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

Boating isn't just a coastline activity. Landlocked states know how to have fun with the water too! This is the Lehigh R...
03/27/2020

Boating isn't just a coastline activity. Landlocked states know how to have fun with the water too! This is the Lehigh River boat landing on Memorial Day. Canoes and rowboats to rent from GW Mack are lined up along the dock.
1893
Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/27/2020

In the seventh episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of handmade purses. Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

Need a new way to enjoy the outdoors? Take the whole family for a walk or run on the Turkey Trot Course! Get in shape to...
03/27/2020

Need a new way to enjoy the outdoors?

Take the whole family for a walk or run on the Turkey Trot Course! Get in shape to improve your time, or go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery!

The history of our small town business is one of the most spectacular things about Bethlehem! Here we see the interior o...
03/26/2020

The history of our small town business is one of the most spectacular things about Bethlehem! Here we see the interior of James K. Rauch Jewelry Store, located on 18 Main Street.
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Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/26/2020

In the sixth episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses with the theme "all dressed up and nowhere to go." Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

You can help! Are you spending time taking walks and exploring the streets and paths in your neighborhood? If you are so...
03/26/2020

You can help!

Are you spending time taking walks and exploring the streets and paths in your neighborhood? If you are someplace where pinecones have dropped to the ground, consider filling a bag and saving it for us! We need pinecones for craft activities at Burnside Plantation, and can never have too many!

If you are spending time going through drawers and closets sorting out clothes you no longer wear, we are collecting pants, skirts, shirts, vest, hats, and scarves for our Apple Days Scarecrows. Save a bag for us!

We will let you know when we are able to collect your bags at Burnside Plantation – thanks for your help!

Photo credit: Scott Piccotti

Thank the stars for asphalt! The undersides of our cars are thanking us. Take a look at New Street, looking north from t...
03/25/2020

Thank the stars for asphalt! The undersides of our cars are thanking us. Take a look at New Street, looking north from the northeast corner of Church and New Streets, before the street was paved!
1882
Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/25/2020

In the fifth episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses matched with shoes, or as she calls them, the cutest couples. Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

Oh how times have changed! This is the intersection of Ohio Road and Water Works Road, showing the tannery on the left a...
03/24/2020

Oh how times have changed! This is the intersection of Ohio Road and Water Works Road, showing the tannery on the left and part of the south face of the Luckenbach Mill on the right. The Electric Laundry is located in the center.
1955
Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/24/2020

In the fourth episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses inspired by wildlife. Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. This is, in fact, a photograph! Specifically, it's a double exposure view of the sec...
03/23/2020

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. This is, in fact, a photograph! Specifically, it's a double exposure view of the second Tannery showing the south and east sides and the front of the house to the north of it.
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Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

03/23/2020

In the third episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses for a rainy day - purses that match rainboots. Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

03/23/2020
Lehigh Valley with Love

Thank you to Lehigh Valley with Love for featuring our own Lindsey Jancay!

Lindsey Jancay, Director of Collections & Programming for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites shows us how we can still look to history for inspiration during social distancing.

Find out how you can get in on some of their at home fun at historicbethlehem.org

03/20/2020

In the second episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of Suzani Purses. Suzani is a decorative technique that makes a bold statement. Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Purchase a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites gift card that can be used for admission to PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History when museums reopen: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

With 6 links, 80 stops, and 275 years of history, you have the opportunity to learn about the Moravian Founders, Monocac...
03/20/2020

With 6 links, 80 stops, and 275 years of history, you have the opportunity to learn about the Moravian Founders, Monocacy Valley, Westward Expansion, Victorian Bethlehem, Farmland to Industry, and Bethlehem Steel on the Heritage Trail! Walk, jog, or bike along at your own pace and bring a furry friend or two!

Learn more and start the trail here: https://historicbethlehem.org/visit/heritage-trail/

03/19/2020

In the first episode of Bag Lunch, a digital lunchtime talk, Ilene Wood, Handbag Collector and Historian, shares a selection of purses that do the talking for themselves and discusses how a handbag can reveal a lot about the person carrying it! Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in conjunction with the PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibition.

Happy Spring from Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites! Enjoy the season with a walk through the grounds at Burnside Plant...
03/19/2020

Happy Spring from Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites! Enjoy the season with a walk through the grounds at Burnside Plantation - open everyday from dawn to dusk.

Check out all the ways you can still support the Bethlehem community - thanks to Heart of Bethlehem for putting this tog...
03/18/2020
Heart of Bethlehem

Check out all the ways you can still support the Bethlehem community - thanks to Heart of Bethlehem for putting this together!

There are many ways to support your local Historic Downtown Bethlehem Merchants! We are making updates as they become available. Be sure to check with your favorite spots, to make sure they are still operating or if they have special hours during this time. Visit our webpage for more!
https://getdowntownbethlehem.com/support-local-merchants/

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Enjoy our sites when we reopen our doors with a gift card! Available in amounts $10-$100, gift cards can be redeemed at ...
03/17/2020

Enjoy our sites when we reopen our doors with a gift card! Available in amounts $10-$100, gift cards can be redeemed at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, and Visitor Center and Museum Store for tours, museum admission, and merchandise. Learn more on our website: https://historicbethlehem.org/gift-cards/

03/16/2020
The Painting Center

Check out some historical objects from our collections on view in "Plain & Fancy" at The Painting Center in this video!

Video of the exhibition “Plain & Fancy” at The Painting Center.

Historic Bethlehem Museums & SitesCOVID-19 UpdateHistoric Bethlehem Museums & Sites will remain closed for visitation an...
03/12/2020
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
COVID-19 Update

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will remain closed for visitation and special events until the CDC and the governmental agencies advise we are safe to resume face-to-face activities with our visitors and program attendees. This is a very necessary step as the health and safety of our staff and the community is of utmost importance now and in the future. We are dealing with new challenges and we are doing our utmost to share our history and heritage in an innovative way.

Please stay connected with us through our website, social media, and blogs. We value your support and commitment to our mission and would love to hear from you as our staff is working remotely. To share feedback, please send comments to: [email protected].

Brand new bags are coming to our next PURSEonality tour on March 19th! Get a firsthand look of brand new reversible tote...
03/12/2020

Brand new bags are coming to our next PURSEonality tour on March 19th! Get a firsthand look of brand new reversible totes and adorable minis during a collector-led tour of Ilene Hochburg Wood’s handbag collection. You will also be able to enjoy wine and cheese, as well as a special Q&A session! Tours are limited to only 20 people and tickets are going fast, so purchase your tickets today at https://historicbethlehem.org/collections/exhibits/purseonality-a-stylish-handbag-history/

Our Apothecary Tours are just beginning! Join us every Saturday and Sunday in March and April, except for Easter Sunday,...
03/11/2020

Our Apothecary Tours are just beginning! Join us every Saturday and Sunday in March and April, except for Easter Sunday, and learn how the Moravians treated those who were sick and how the medical practices they established in the early days of Bethlehem are still used today! Each tour will take place at 1 PM, rain or shine. For more information, visit us at https://historicbethlehem.org/visit/historic-bethlehem-tours/#ApothecaryTour

Our next PURSEonality tour is fast approaching! Join Ilene Hochburg Wood on March 19th for a tour of her massive handbag...
03/10/2020

Our next PURSEonality tour is fast approaching! Join Ilene Hochburg Wood on March 19th for a tour of her massive handbag collection, enjoy wine and cheese, and attend a special Q&A session. You will also get a firsthand look at these new bags that are available for purchase in the gift shop! Tours are limited to only 20 people and tickets are going fast, so purchase your tickets today at https://historicbethlehem.org/collections/exhibits/purseonality-a-stylish-handbag-history/

Stop by the Visitor’s Center in Downtown Bethlehem and take a look at our brand new merchandise! In addition to new hand...
03/09/2020

Stop by the Visitor’s Center in Downtown Bethlehem and take a look at our brand new merchandise! In addition to new handbags, we also have portable doggy water bowls, which come in four fun designs, reusable sandwich bags that are the perfect way to help the environment, and new baby rattles that come in both fruit shapes and animal shapes! Come in today and check it all out! For more information, visit us at https://historicbethlehem.org/visit/site-hours/#VisitorCenter

Free Sundays are still happening at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts! Bring the whole family out for a day full of ...
03/08/2020

Free Sundays are still happening at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts! Bring the whole family out for a day full of activities everyone can enjoy. Stop by from 1 PM to 4 PM for arts & crafts, story time, museum tours, and more! See our website for more information: https://historicbethlehem.org/programs/free-sundays/

New handbags are right around the corner! Our next PURSEonality Tour will be held on March 19th from 6 PM to 9 PM! Take ...
03/07/2020

New handbags are right around the corner! Our next PURSEonality Tour will be held on March 19th from 6 PM to 9 PM! Take a collector-led tour with Ilene Hochburg Wood through her extensive handbag collection, enjoy wine and cheese, and attend a special Q&A session! Tours are limited to only 20 people and tickets are going fast, so purchase your tickets today at https://historicbethlehem.org/collections/exhibits/purseonality-a-stylish-handbag-history/

The Steel Stacks of Bethlehem are a proud symbol of the history and impact Bethlehem has had on our country. Join us for...
03/06/2020

The Steel Stacks of Bethlehem are a proud symbol of the history and impact Bethlehem has had on our country. Join us for The Rise & Fall Of Bethlehem Steel Tour to get a first-hand look at the steel making process, get up close and personal with the steel plant, and learn all about the history and impact of the Steel Stacks. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children, or purchase one of our Value Packs for admission to National Museum of Industrial History: $27 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, visit https://historicbethlehem.org/visit/historic-bethlehem-tours/#RiseAndFall

Easter is getting closer! Pre-orders for Easter Kiffles and Groman's Sugar Cookies are still available, but are going fa...
03/05/2020

Easter is getting closer! Pre-orders for Easter Kiffles and Groman's Sugar Cookies are still available, but are going fast, so order yours today! Kiffles are available in walnut and raspberry, and sugar cookies are available in vanilla and chocolate! Get your treats today at https://historicbethlehem.org/easter-treat-sale/

Something exciting is coming! We are proud to announce the 1810 Goundie House Market, a brand new partnership between HB...
03/05/2020

Something exciting is coming! We are proud to announce the 1810 Goundie House Market, a brand new partnership between HBMS, Marche Maison, and Domaci! Check out the reveal event on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Goundie House!

Today’s project. We’ve begun the install for our #DomaciFlea pop-up in the historic 1810 Goundie House. Join us, along with Marche Maison , this Saturday for the launch of the #1810GoundieMarket in historic downtown Bethlehem! #popupshop #vintagemarket #getdowntownbethlehem

Join us as we celebrate Women’s History month with a tour of the Single Sister’s House on March 8! This first event of o...
03/04/2020

Join us as we celebrate Women’s History month with a tour of the Single Sister’s House on March 8! This first event of our Single Sisters Series will take you on a journey through the 200+ year history of independent and working women in Bethlehem. For more information, visit us at https://historicbethlehem.org/programs/single-sisters-series/

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Bethlehem, PA
18018

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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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I went scuba diving under the historic Hill To Hill Bridge in order to perform my first of many river clean ups in this area.
In the garden at KMDA...
Can't wait!
Thank you everyone for a REALLY GREAT day today despite the dreadful rain & wind. Our Walking Tour Guide was superb; everyone was super friendly and we even found some treasures at the Moravian Busy Bee Ladies' Flea Market. Love you all! Ruth & Frans from NC
Happy New Year !
We were planning to come and do either the Christmas Stroll and the Bethlehem by Night Bus Tour, but are these too similar to make doing both worth it? Thank you!
Thank you Mary and the whole staff of volunteers at Apple Days Burnside Plantation. Despite the weather Jessie's Corner Clay connected with wonderful new customers. The venue is so beautiful and the event so focused on family fun. The music was fantastic and OH those desserts!
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