Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Collections & Archives

Black and white photo of Main Street
Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is home to over 60,000 artifacts.  Our most sensitive objects are housed in our new 5,000 square foot Collections Resource Center at the Kemerer Museum.

To the left and below is a sample of photos donated to HBMS from Bethlehem Steel Corporation that were featured in the Bethlehem Back When exhibit.


We are able to share photos like these through the generosity of donors. We hope you will consider becoming one of these generous individuals in this unprecedented time.

Collections and Reflections

Each Monday HBMS Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Brett Peters shares an item from the collection and it's story.

Meet the Curator

J. Carroll Tobias Scrapbook

Jedediah Weiss Teaspoon

Delftware Apothecary Jars

Vaseline Glass

Marquis de Lafayette's Chair

Special Guest Rayah Levy

A Brave Tale of Frances Martin and Christine Sims

Historic Healing Hands

The Incredible Gertrude Fox

Gone But Not Forgotten - The First House in Bethlehem

Glowing Glass Goblets

Drink Up!

Cupid and Venus Glass

Spezerei Laden

Vaseline Glass Cruets

Dollhouse with a Blueberry Surprise

Research at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Our Library and Archives is one of the best places to research local history and includes:

  • Thousands of local photographs from the 19th and 20th-centuries.
  • Early city maps and documents.
  • City directories from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.
  • The finest decorative arts library in Pennsylvania.

The library and archives are  located at both the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts at 427 New Street, and the Luckenbach Mill at 459 Old York Road.

To find out where the information that you are looking for is housed, and to gain access, click HERE.

Historic Bethlehem members receive free access. Learn how you can enjoy the same benefit by becoming a member.

We need your help now more than ever to preserve this history and share these stories.

  • Help preserve and share these stories: Receive a postcard book of historic images of Bethlehem when you donate $125 or more.
  • Donate while sheltering in place: Make a gift and share one of your fondest memories of Bethlehem in the comment section of the donation form! HBMS will be featuring these shared memories on this page.
We hope you will consider making a contribution today. Your support means more now more than ever.

Thank you!



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