Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Free Sundays at Home

Just because the Kemerer Museum is closed doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun of Free Sundays! 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.

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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.

Free Sunday Family Programs

Purseonality is on the Move!

The PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibit takes visitors on a trip through style and time. Now it's made a trip of its own to the Coral Gables Museum in Coral Gables, Florida! A portion of the exhibit, over 250 bags, will be on display at the museum from September 15th, 2020 through January 17th, 2021. How the exhibit traveled to Florida from Pennsylvania is as interesting as it is delicate!
All of the purses on display are works of art, needing to be handled and packaged with the utmost care to arrive at their destination in pristine condition to be enjoyed in their new location. PURSEonality is a traveling exhibit which means it is presented at more than one location. This means many more people will have access to the collection who wouldn't otherwise be able to see it if it stayed at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts.

Handle With Care

The bags in the exhibit were carefully packed for transfer using packing materials and plastic totes for their trip to the Coral Gables Museum. The most important thing is for the purses to arrive safely at their destination so many more people get the chance to see these beautiful, creative purses for themselves!
It takes a lot of time, effort and materials to make sure a collection arrives safely at its new location. Just look at all the packing materials it takes to move the over 250 bags in PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History! Part of the job of being a museum is making sure the collections are handled with care. It takes a lot of hours and training to make sure that happens!

Be the Transport Specialist

Now its your turn to be the transport specialist! Pretend your room is your museum. Find a special object: a toy, a game, a piece of clothing - whatever you want. Then, collect the packing materials you think you'll need to keep them safe.
Packing materials can be cardboard or plastic, tissue paper or newspaper, cloth or bubble wrap. Use whatever you have around the house. Now you can pretend to ship your package to another room or take it in the car with your on your next ride and see if you can get it home safely!

Community Corner

Election Day 2020 is less than a month away on November 3 - that's so soon! This year, grownups might go to vote in person or they might use a mail-in ballot. Voting by mail is when a voter is sent a paper ballot. They can then fill it out at home and then send it back in the mail or drop it off in an official ballot drop box. Both Lehigh and Northampton counties have multiple drop boxes
Voting is an important part of our democracy - we the people get to say who we want making decisions for our city, county, state, and country. The last day for grownups to register to vote is October 19. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is October 27

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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