Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Current and Upcoming Exhibits


Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites offers different changing and permanent exhibits across our museums and historic sites by utilizing our collections and in partnership with fellow organizations.


Bethlehem by Design

Bethlehem by Design

February 2, 2016 - July 3, 2016Kemerer Museum of Decorative ArtsIn honor of the 275th anniversary of Bethlehem PA, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts presents a variety of artifacts and publications that demonstrate the development of the city of Bethlehem...
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Creature Companions

Creature Companions

July 15 - October 30, 2016 Creature Companions features a range of painted pet portraits, pet photographs from Bethlehem family albums, and animal-inspired attire and home décor spanning over 100 years. Explore how the human-animal relationship in Bethlehem reflects broader sentiments toward...
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

November 18 - January 15, 2017Baby, It’s Cold Outside features a collection of winter wear, quilts, and warming devices that helped keep people cozy during the coldest months of the year.From muffs to bear fur gloves to Sherlock Homes-esque and Jackie...
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Bethlehem Back When…

Bethlehem Back When…

May 14 - November 1, 2016 Spanning decades and captures moments, big and small, in the lives of Bethlehem residents, these amazing snapshots taken by Bethlehem Steel photographers encompass portraits, street views, landscapes, and the occasional oddball: like a man in...
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Apothecary in Bloom

Apothecary in Bloom

May 7 - August 31, 2016Step into spring with the Apothecary in Bloom exhibition at the 1752 Apothecary. See how flowers are used to decorate objects that were designed to improve wellness throughout history, such as fans, perfume bottles, and faux flower...
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Trees of Historic Bethlehem

Trees of Historic Bethlehem

November 17, 2017 - January 14, 2018See the world in a dazzling array of Christmas lights with the Trees of Historic Bethlehem, beautifully decorated by the Bethlehem Garden Club. Dispersed across five historic sites, Trees of Historic Bethlehem will transport visitors to...
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Winter Back When

Winter Back When

December 12, 2016 - February 28, 2017View an all new selection of photographs from the impressive photo collection, donated by Bethlehem Steel in 1980, that capture a typical Bethlehem, including snowball fights, returning library books, shoveling out walkways, and lots...
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Bethlehem Brewed & Distilled

Bethlehem Brewed & Distilled

1810 Goundie HouseWomen, Money, Firkin. What do they all have in common? Bethlehem Brewed & Distilled.  Purchase tickets to the exhibit online, by calling 1-800-360-TOUR, or at the historic sites listed under Pass Into History below. Combine your visit to...
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Bethlehem’s Christmas, 1741

Bethlehem’s Christmas, 1741

November 18, 2016 - January 15, 2017Find out how Bethlehem got its name and view early Moravian Christmas decorations from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection.Learn about Moravian Traditions such as Lovefeasts, The Moravian Daily Texts, and Putzes. Make...
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Holiday Dinner Art Exhibition

November 6 - November 30, 2016Stop by the 1869 Luckenbach Mill, located at 459 Old York Road, Saturday - Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm and see these fabulous pieces from local artists in person.See a piece you like?You...
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HairWork

HairWork

March 16 - September 3, 2017Discover the various ways people used loved ones’ hair to create unique, lasting mementos and family portraits as a way to express love and cherish memories in a time before photography was widely accessible.Hairwork is the practice...
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Gilded

October 7, 2017 - March 11, 2018Silver, gold, copper and brass artifacts make for a sparkling display of craftsmanship and luxury. See examples of sterling silver, gold leaf, Mercury glass, engraving and more in this opulent installation and learn how embellishments were...
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All Dolled Up: Polly & Her Sisters

All Dolled Up: Polly & Her Sisters

The Polly Heckewelder cloth doll  made by the Moravian Ladies Sewing Society of Central Moravian Church since 1872 will be featured along with the Anna Nitschmann portrait doll made by the Busy Workers Society , also of Central Moravian Church,...
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Local Spotlight Artist

Local Spotlight Artist

The Local Artist Spotlight at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites provides artists from the Lehigh Valley and nearby regions with the opportunity to exhibit their work in the context of Bethlehem’s historic sites and collections.Through thoughtful exhibitions, these artists provide...
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