National Museum of Industrial History

National Museum of Industrial History The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa., is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage.
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Martin Tower demolition during and after. Thank you to Vertivue for providing a vantage point unlike any other for NMIH ...
05/19/2019

Martin Tower demolition during and after. Thank you to Vertivue for providing a vantage point unlike any other for NMIH to capture this historic event. High resolution video to come. And just a reminder: NMIH will be showing a slideshow of historic photos from the construction and years following the tower's opening. Several demolition photos will be included as part of the presentation, which is free for all with regular museum admission from 10am to 5pm.

Tomorrow following the Martin Tower implosion, starting when we open at 10am until we close at 5pm, the museum will agai...
05/18/2019

Tomorrow following the Martin Tower implosion, starting when we open at 10am until we close at 5pm, the museum will again be running its slideshow of Martin Tower construction and photos of the tower's 'heyday'. Stop by and enjoy nearly 400 rarely seen archival photos included in regular museum admission.

Interested in getting some inside information on the museum's Corliss engine before its public debut the weekend of May ...
05/16/2019

Interested in getting some inside information on the museum's Corliss engine before its public debut the weekend of May 31st? Check out this talk our historian is giving on May 22nd!

Friends, join us for monster-sized history on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm! Mike Piersa of the the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA, will illustrate the restoration of a 35-foot long, 115-ton steam powered water pumping engine, showing how traditional skills and modern technology are coming together to bring the engine back to life for a public debut the first weekend of June, 2019. A special feature of the talk will include a rare showing of the Lackawanna Historical Society's own model of a long-gone monster sized engine used at the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company.

Did you know that at one point the Lehigh Valley's silk mills employed more people than the area's steel industry? Plan ...
05/13/2019

Did you know that at one point the Lehigh Valley's silk mills employed more people than the area's steel industry? Plan your visit to NMIH today and learn why! http://nmih.org/

Today is a significant anniversary in industrial history: the 150th anniversary of the 'Golden Spike,' the completion of...
05/10/2019
'Golden Spike' event marks 150th anniversary of Transcontinental...

Today is a significant anniversary in industrial history: the 150th anniversary of the 'Golden Spike,' the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad connected both coasts and allowed for goods and people to travel faster and easier than ever before, creating vast social and economic impacts. Congratulations to all of those in the rail industry, the people throughout history who toiled to make the railway possible, and everyone celebrating its heritage this weekend in Utah: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-goldenspike/golden-spike-event-marks-150th-anniversary-of-transcontinental-railroad-idUSKCN1SG0WV

Carloads of visitors streamed over a mountain pass in the high desert of norther...

Looking for a unique volunteering experience? NMIH is always looking for help with all sorts of tasks, from leading scho...
05/07/2019

Looking for a unique volunteering experience? NMIH is always looking for help with all sorts of tasks, from leading school tours to working on antique machinery. Check out all of the fantastic opportunities we have available to give back at http://nmih.org/support/volunteer/

Check out this great historical photo of the Babcock & Wilcox boiler model we have in the museum!
05/07/2019

Check out this great historical photo of the Babcock & Wilcox boiler model we have in the museum!

B&W History: In 1876, B&W was awarded the gold medal at the International Centennial Exposition for its new, advanced 150 HP coal-fired boiler.

The recognition resulted in a spike in demand for B&W’s boilers, especially among sugar refiners, and helped put the company on the world map.

Visit this link for details of the B&W Centennial Boiler’s performance at the Exhibition: https://books.google.com/books?id=R9IWAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA518&ots=0XV6T9gvu1&dq=international%20exhibition%201876%20babcock%20%26%20Wilcox&pg=PA417#v=onepage&q=international%20exhibition%201876%20babcock%20&%20Wilcox&f=false

Did you know that NMIH hosts a hands-on, interactive summer camp? This year’s theme, “We Built This City” will hav...
05/07/2019

Did you know that NMIH hosts a hands-on, interactive summer camp? This year’s theme, “We Built This City” will have campers critically thinking about engineering, architecture, and more. Get more info at http://nmih.org/educate/2019-engineering-summer-camp/

Rainy day wreck your plans? Drop by the museum and get your fix of history. We’re here until 5pm!
05/05/2019

Rainy day wreck your plans? Drop by the museum and get your fix of history. We’re here until 5pm!

Tonight! Come check out hundreds of Martin Tower photos from the groundbreaking through construction and when the tower ...
05/03/2019
Museum to feature hundreds of rare or never-before-seen photos of Martin Tower

Tonight! Come check out hundreds of Martin Tower photos from the groundbreaking through construction and when the tower was busy and full of life. These are rarely seen photos from Bethlehem Steel's photo negative archive that have been picked from the museum's collection and scanned just for this event! http://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/museum-to-feature-hundreds-of-rare-or-never-before-seen-photos-of-martin-tower/1074622616

To kick off Bethlehem's First Friday celebrations in May, the National Museum of Industrial History will pay homage to Martin Tower in "Building an Icon" - a slideshow of rare or never-before-seen photos of the skyscraper.

Tomorrow we've got a fantastic event about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, followed by a tour of the ...
04/27/2019

Tomorrow we've got a fantastic event about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, followed by a tour of the astounding train layout of guest speaker Ron Luckock, whose 4500 square foot display recreates historic Lehigh Valley railroads. This is a rare chance to see it in person! https://www.facebook.com/events/354031835318733/

04/25/2019
National Museum of Industrial History

National Museum of Industrial History

The end of May and early June we've got something fun in store for you. Here's a sneak peak at something that's been years in the making.

We're testing our 115 ton Corliss steam engine, and will soon be unveiling it in operation to the public. Bruce Babcock, a mechanical engineer and instructor at the Hocking Valley Steam School, was instrumental in building the rope brake and performing the tests. He also donated an indicator for use with the engine. He is well known in the historic steam community, having indicated many steam powered tractors as well as the riverboat "Belle of Louisville," the replica steam locomotive "York," and other steam engines, including some still used by Amish in commercial service

04/25/2019
Corliss Engine Rope Brake Test

The end of May and early June we've got something fun in store for you. Here's a sneak peak at something that's been years in the making.

We're testing our 115 ton Corliss steam engine, and will soon be unveiling it in operation to the public. Bruce Babcock, a mechanical engineer and instructor at the Hocking Valley Steam School, was instrumental in building the rope brake and performing the tests. He also donated an indicator for use with the engine. He is well known in the historic steam community, having indicated many steam powered tractors as well as the riverboat "Belle of Louisville," the replica steam locomotive "York," and other steam engines, including some still used by Amish in commercial service

There are so many amazing cultural resources across the Lehigh Valley and we're so excited to be a part of Lehigh Valley...
04/23/2019
If you’re curious about the region’s history, Saturday is the day to do something about it

There are so many amazing cultural resources across the Lehigh Valley and we're so excited to be a part of Lehigh Valley Passport to History day which coincides with SouthSide Arts District's Spring on the SouthSide event. Enjoy free admission at the museum this Saturday thanks to our generous sponsors IGS and OneGroup Insurance.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/04/if-youre-curious-about-the-regions-history-saturday-is-the-day-to-do-something-about-it.html

Museums and historical societies offer discounts, activities for Passport to History Day

Just a reminder that the museum will be closed tomorrow, Sunday April 21st in observance of Easter. We'll be back open o...
04/20/2019

Just a reminder that the museum will be closed tomorrow, Sunday April 21st in observance of Easter. We'll be back open on Wednesday!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Music at the Museum event over the weekend and a special shout out to C...
04/09/2019

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Music at the Museum event over the weekend and a special shout out to Corinne Mammana Music for providing the amazing tunes and Chocolate Lab Bethlehem for providing additional swag for our raffle prizes!

NMIH congratulates Victaulic Company on the 100th anniversary of their mechanical coupling patent. Victaulic has been a ...
04/05/2019

NMIH congratulates Victaulic Company on the 100th anniversary of their mechanical coupling patent. Victaulic has been a wonderful collaborative partner as we strive to explore our industrial past and inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators. #innoversary

This week, employees had the opportunity to get their pictures taken with their teams, coworkers, and friends in 100th #innoversary photobooths at several of our locations globally. Check out our Instagram Stories highlights to get to know our employees worldwide! You can find us on IG @victaulic

NMIH is excited that students from Stroudsburg Middle School are able to tour the museum this year thanks to a generous ...
04/04/2019
NMIH Receives S.T.E.M. Grant from EVS Metal – National Museum of Industrial History

NMIH is excited that students from Stroudsburg Middle School are able to tour the museum this year thanks to a generous grant from EVS Metal: http://nmih.org/nmih-receives-s-t-e-m-grant-from-evs-metal/

April 4th, 2019 0 BETHLEHEM, PA – Today, representatives of EVS Metal’s East Stroudsburg facility presented a grant in the amount of $3,200 to the National Museum of Industrial History. This grant will go toward the Future Innovators Fund, which offers students much-needed exposure to experienti...

NMIH volunteers have been busy helping to recover artifacts from Martin Tower prior to its demolition for the museum's c...
04/01/2019

NMIH volunteers have been busy helping to recover artifacts from Martin Tower prior to its demolition for the museum's collection. The museum has thousands of records and documents from Bethlehem Steel that are continually being sorted and entered into databases for future research. Interested in lending a hand in these efforts? Send us an email at [email protected]!

Are you an educational professional looking to inspire new generations of inventors?  The National Museum of Industrial ...
03/21/2019

Are you an educational professional looking to inspire new generations of inventors? The National Museum of Industrial History is accepting applications for an Education and Program Coordinator position. Get more details at http://nmih.org/employment/

Happy International Women's Day! Today we celebrate all of the women throughout history and today continue to build, inv...
03/08/2019

Happy International Women's Day! Today we celebrate all of the women throughout history and today continue to build, invent, and inspire. We can do it!

#InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019

Congratulations to our friends, neighbors, and Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio exhibit sponsors over at WDIY 8...
03/07/2019

Congratulations to our friends, neighbors, and Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio exhibit sponsors over at WDIY 88.1 FM on celebrating their 24th anniversary last weekend! Here's to many more!

Ringing in 24 years of broadcasting last night at the Ice House in Bethlehem with The Large Flowerheads! More photos to come in the next week.

📷 Mike Riess

Patrick Connolly on Twitter
02/25/2019
Patrick Connolly on Twitter

Patrick Connolly on Twitter

“@NMIHorg with @WilliamPennES 3rd-grade students exploring the "Don't Touch That Dial" exhibit. #IGNITE #BuiltByBethehem @BethlehemAreaSD”

We’ve been working on a very cool project with Es Tiempo, a new Spanish language talk show from our friends at PBS39. ...
02/21/2019

We’ve been working on a very cool project with Es Tiempo, a new Spanish language talk show from our friends at PBS39. We cover the history of an important Spanish industrialist in the Lehigh Valley who revolutionized cement, immigrants who came from other countries to work in Bethlehem, and more. Stay tuned for future air dates!

Thank you to our friends at FNCB Bank for supporting our youth programs and helping us educate and inspire inventors and...
02/20/2019

Thank you to our friends at FNCB Bank for supporting our youth programs and helping us educate and inspire inventors and entrepreneurs of the future! http://nmih.org/media/fncb-bank-supports-youth-field-trips-to-national-museum-of-industrial-history/

FNCB Bank has made it possible for students in the Lehigh Valley to visit the National Museum of Industrial History through a gift of $1,000 through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. “We are delighted to be able to support such a terrific cause and help students visit the National Museum of Industrial History,” said Frank Heston, Lehigh Valley Market Manager. “We look forward to supporting additional organizations in the Lehigh Valley as we grow.”

Snow day! Stay warm.
02/20/2019

Snow day! Stay warm.

Did you know that today is the 8th annual UNESCO World Radio Day?  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, "Even in ...
02/13/2019
Currently on Exhibit

Did you know that today is the 8th annual UNESCO World Radio Day? UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, "Even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform. It conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues…"

Learn more about the history of radio, including the discovery of radio waves, the evolution of radios over 100 years, and see an operating amateur radio shack at NMIH's "Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio" running now through November 3rd: http://nmih.org/currently-on-exhibit/

February 9 – November 3 Radio employs the magic of sound by harnessing the electromagnetic radiation around us. The impact of radio is immeasurable. It has the power to elect political figure…

02/13/2019

NMIH will be open its regular hours, 10am to 5pm today. Stop by and see our new "Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio" exhibit!

Thank you to everyone that came out to our VIP and Member preview of our new Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio e...
02/11/2019

Thank you to everyone that came out to our VIP and Member preview of our new Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio exhibit! Want free access to events like this in the future? Join as an NMIH member today for as low as $25! http://nmih.org/support/membership/

WDIY 88.1 FM
02/08/2019
WDIY 88.1 FM

WDIY 88.1 FM

🔊 LISTEN: Our next deep dive into radio's important milestones covers the rise of transistors which made radio more portable than it had ever been before. Listen on our website now.

Our coverage from the National Museum of Industrial History's Preview Night for their new exhibition, 'Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio' begins today at 4:45 PM featuring an interview with the exhibition's guest curator; then we will be checking in live from the Preview Night's festivities at 6:00 and 6:18. Keep it tuned to WDIY today!

Thanks to Bill White from Northampton Community College’s ‘Northampton’ magazine for stopping by to do an article ...
02/06/2019

Thanks to Bill White from Northampton Community College’s ‘Northampton’ magazine for stopping by to do an article on our new Don’t Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio exhibit! We’re excited to open the exhibit this weekend. See you on the 9th!

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our recent talk on the NMIH archives! Stay tuned for a lot of great programming...
02/04/2019

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our recent talk on the NMIH archives! Stay tuned for a lot of great programming coming soon.

Snow day! With the cleanup still ongoing and the potential for snow squalls this afternoon the museum will be closed tod...
01/30/2019

Snow day! With the cleanup still ongoing and the potential for snow squalls this afternoon the museum will be closed today, January 30th. Stay safe!

Due to the incoming severe weather, tomorrow's Meet the Expert program will be postponed until a future date TBD.  The m...
01/18/2019

Due to the incoming severe weather, tomorrow's Meet the Expert program will be postponed until a future date TBD. The museum will be open at 10am tomorrow and will be closing at 2pm to ensure safe travel home for all staff and visitors. Get your grocery shopping done early and come tour the museum before the storm hits!

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo
01/17/2019

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo

Here's our version of the '10 year challenge.'  2009/2019. Our Corliss engine is looking pretty great these days!
01/17/2019

Here's our version of the '10 year challenge.' 2009/2019. Our Corliss engine is looking pretty great these days!

Notice anything different in front of the museum lately? When the temperatures were a little balmier some of our museum ...
01/14/2019

Notice anything different in front of the museum lately? When the temperatures were a little balmier some of our museum volunteers helped paint our 1941 Whitcomb diesel narrow gauge locomotive. It was last used at the electric furnace melt shop at Bethlehem Steel around 1995. The restoration is ongoing and one day soon we hope to have it fully operational!

01/14/2019

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our holiday toy and food drive! Thanks to your efforts we received over 100 items that went to local non-profits.

01/11/2019
Linotype Demonstration

Did you miss our printing and papermaking demonstration last year? Revisit it with this great video from PBR Productions highlighting our restored linotype machine! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI2sYvUb4_0

This linotype was restored to operating status by the National Museum of Industrial History and was part of the museum's 2018 "Hot Off the Press" exhibit. Fi...

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602 E 2nd St
Bethlehem, PA
18015

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Opening Hours

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

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(610) 694-6644

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