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Kemerer Museum

Free First Sundays of the Month
Ends April 2, 2023

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is pleased to welcome the public to The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and The Moravian Museum on the First Sunday of the Month for Free! The Museums will be open Sundays from 11am - 5pm with fun activities for the whole family.

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

February 5, 2023 11am -5pm

At The Kemerer Museum: Queen of Hearts Tea Party

Celebrate the sweetest day of the year in high style! Dress your best and get your pinkies ready! Alice joins our guests for a lovely party featuring a selection of Valentine’s Day desserts and light refreshments. 

Continue the merriment and express your creativity while you paint your own tea set using acrylic paint pens! Choose from a selection of stencils or work freehand to create a unique design. 

At The Moravian Museum: Make Your Own Valentines Day Cards

Love is in the air at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem! Join us to make your very own Valentine’s Day cards, inspired by nineteenth century examples by the Moravians of historic Bethlehem!

What kinds of games and sports did people play in the past? Visit the Moravian Museum to learn about popular games in colonial America and try a few out yourself.  What a fun way to discover the past!

March 5, 2023 11am -5pm  

At The Kemerer Museum: What Will Toys Look Like in a Hundred Years? 

How we play, and what we play with has changed dramatically over time, but it wasn’t until the last century or so that toys began to resemble what we see today. What will toys look like in a hundred years? Explore this question with a hands-on investigation of vintage toys at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. 

A popular Victorian-era optical toy, zoetrope’s were a predecessor to modern film animation. While you’re here, design a zoetrope and create your own “moving pictures!” 

At The Moravian Museum: Make Your Own Bean Bag Ball 

Humans have played ball for thousands of years, though they objects themselves haven’t always been made of rubber like they are today. At the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, learn about the history of playing ball, and find out what materials colonial-era people used to make them! While you’re here, make your own bean bag ball as a take-home!

April 2, 2023 11am -5pm

At The Kemerer Museum: Design your own pipe cleaner creature (inspired by Alice in Wonderland) 

Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll. Following the story of a young girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a brightly colored, highly absurd fantasy world, Alice in Wonderland brings to life many anthropomorphic creatures. At the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, create your own pipe cleaner creature inspired by our new Alice in Wonderland-themed mural! 

At The Moravian Museum: Tabletop Games

What kinds of games and sports did people play in the past? Visit the Moravian Museum to learn about popular games in colonial America and try a few out yourself.  Games will include nine pins, marbles, and jacks! What a fun way to discover the past!

Additional activities at the Kemerer Museum

Young Artists' Workshop

Free First Sundays at the Museum returns to the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and the Moravian Museum. Throughout the year we’ll be exploring different art techniques and mediums and expanding our art “palette”!

1-4PM: Guided Museum Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Leaves on the hour from the Kemerer Museum Shop

Our tour guide will lead you through the various restored rooms and galleries of the museum, giving you stories of the past surrounding each artifact.

Learn about the museum founder, Annie Kemerer, and her personal collection that started it all.

Kid-friendly artifact scavenger hunts are available for use during tours!

2:00 PM: Museum Storytime at The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts on Free Sundays

The Museum Storytime program allows kids to spend time in the museum learning about history in a unique and engaging way. Kids can come listen to a story that is inspired by an artifact in the collection. Each week features a different story and artifact!

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Career Corner

Taking place throughout the year, this program brings professionals into the museum to present a children’s activity that demonstrates how they use design in their current job.

Check out our Virtual Career Corner on Youtube below!

In the News

Learn more about Free Sundays at the Museum in the news.

"Family fun that’s free — if that sounds good to you, you’ll want to head to Bethlehem’s Kemerer Museum of the Decorative Arts on Sunday afternoons...You’ll find a range of programs and activities that caters to many ages and promotes creativity and exploration." - Article by The Morning Call

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For a special occasion amidst priceless works that celebrate the decorative arts, the Kemerer is a one-of-a-kind destination sure to fascinate your discerning guests!

Able to accommodate up to 100 people, the Kemerer Museum provides a unique venue for your special event. This location is perfect for cocktail parties, family reunions, corporate dinners, birthday parties, baby showers, and so much more.

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