Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



100 Years of Gift Giving

Winter, 2015

This winter, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts will showcase the elements of gifting: conception, shopping, making, wrapping, and expressing gratitude through a range of artifacts, performances, events and educational programs. Featuring a range of objects from the collections at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, in addition to loaned works and reproductions, this exhibition seeks to connect gifting practices of the past to those of the present, here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Old fashioned toy blocks and dolls


April 18, 2015 through November 1, 2015

Glide into the future on a 1880s airship, to explore a world of romance and adventure. This exhibition features contemporary art of the Steampunk movement, and antiques behind their inspiration. Steampunk is today’s Science Fiction vision of the future as seen through a Victorian Era looking glass. A small subculture of fine arts, film, fashion and craft has grown into a global movement, celebrated at festivals and in blockbuster films. Similar to Victorian eclectic style, Steampunk may include references to later periods such as the 1920s Golden Age or the Space Age of the late 1950s.

Flying airship


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