Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Free Sundays at Home

After a long closure due to the pandemic, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is reopened to the public! Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is pleased to welcome the public back to the museum. The Kemerer Museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. Free Sundays at the Museum has resumed as of April 11. Ticket reservations are strongly encouraged.

If you're not ready to visit us in person, Free Sundays at Home will continue and every Sunday, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will send a newsletter to keep the kids entertained at home. Enjoy a variety of multi-media resources to help kids delve into design!

Free Sundays at Home programs are funded with support from the Jones Children Fund.

Free Sunday Family Activities

Artifact Spotlight

Annie Kemerer collected many things (so much that her collections became a museum!), but some of her favorite items were her Bohemian glass. This type of glassware, made in what is now the Czech Republic, was very popular in the Victorian period, in part because of its bright colors.
Annie enjoyed her collection so much she built a special window in her house so people walking by could see it. Her favorites were the red-colored glasses, although she had glassware of all colors, many of which are on display in the Kemerer Museum today.

At Home Stained Glass

You can create the same look of stained glass at home, without worrying about something breaking. This faux stained glass suncatcher uses an ink-jet transparency and highlighters to create the colored light. Draw straight lines like in the picture to create geometric shapes, or mix it up and try different designs.

Stained Glass Cookies

You can also achieve the cool glass look in your snacks! These cookies look like they have stained glass in the middle, but it's really just melted Jolly Ranchers in a shortbread cookie. As always, when working in the kitchen make sure to get a grownup's help.

The World is Watching

On Monday, January 11, Historic Bethlehem learned that a notice asking for public regarding the next potential nomination to the World Heritage list appeared in the Federal Register. This means that Historic Moravian Bethlehem may be one step closer to being named a World Heritage site!
Want to know more? You can read about Historic Moravian Bethlehem on our website.

How Can I Support Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites?

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is proud to interpret three centuries of the history and culture of Bethlehem, from our founding in 1741 to Bethlehem Steel and beyond. Help us continue to tell these stories and provide resources like Free Sundays by purchasing a gift card, making a donation, or becoming a member at the family level.
Gift cards can be redeemed for museum admission, merchandise at the museum stores, and tickets to programs and special events.
Members receive free admission to our sites for one calendar year, early access and discounted tickets to special events, and a 10% discount at the museum stores, along with other perks.

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Free Sundays Coloring Pages

Have you seen? Historic Bethlehem can now be experienced through a coloring book! Color iconic downtown landmarks, including Burnside Plantation, the 1810 Goundie House, God's Acre, Central Moravian Church, and more. Download and print below by clicking on the link for the image you want.
The coloring pages are available for free on the, but we ask that you please consider supporting this work with a donation.


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