Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Baby, It’s Cold Outside


This 275th Anniversary Christmas, come warm up & admire the inventive and beautiful ways in which individuals throughout history would ward off that winter chill.

November 18 - January 15, 2017

Baby, 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 Kennedy-style coats, this exhibition is sure to chase the frost bite away. Discover how to tell real fur from fake fur and learn how fur clothing is made from smaller sized pelts.

Enjoy historic photographs of Lehigh Valley residents in their finest knits, wools and fur. One photograph features a little girl wrapped in a fur-trimmed coat posing for the camera while another shows a woman dressed to impressed in a full length fur coat, a fashionably slanted hat and boats against a snowy background.

See how the textile techniques used in featured objects from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection inspire contemporary textile artists through a pop-up exhibition and demonstrations by The Knitters’ Edge, who have a mini-exhibition featuring handknitting & crochet work.

Local Spotlight Artist Diane Hutchinson

To coincide with the Baby, It's Cold Outside exhibit, a selection of work from Local Spotlight Artist Diane Hutchinson will be on display and available for purchase at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts.

Join us for the Ugly Sweater Party & Artist Talk to celebrate the opening of Baby, It's Cold Outside, learn about Diane's amazing artistic process, and, of course, wear your ugliest Christmas sweater! A prize will be awarded for the ugliest sweater, and light refreshments will be available.

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How To Visit

The exhibition is included in Pass Into History museum admission. Members receive free admission. Call 1-800-360-TOUR with questions about how to visit.


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