Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



PAST EXHIBIT: Thanks for attending!

April 18 through November 1

Be be sure to check out our past Steampunk Saturdays exhibit programs!


What is Steampunk?

Aviator Ensemble by Karen Von Oppen
Aviator Ensemble by Karen Von Oppen

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.  

The impacts of large-scale industrial decline in the United States over the last fifty years bear out fantasy exploration of earlier eras and the romance of an alternate future. Steampunk—salvaged, gritty and analog—is tomorrow, off-grid. Visitors will see a range of contemporary and historic objects including Victorian clothing, machinery, toys, medical tools, games and arsenal.

Unicorn Warship by Ed Kidera
Unicorn Warship by Ed Kidera

Contributing Artists

Felix Eddy

Will Goddard

Heather E. Hutsell

Desirée Isphording

Ed Kidera

Milan Karlik Jr.

Ed Land

James Ng

David Sokosh

Karen Von Oppen

{With objects on loan from America on Wheels,

the National Museum of Industrial History, and

the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society}






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