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Free Sundays at the Museum


If you're looking for a place you can spend quality time with the family, look no further!

We are proud to open the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts to the public, free of charge. Enjoy a range of engaging programs and activities like Career Corner, the Family Room, and Museum Storytime which caters to many ages and promotes creativity and exploration. Discover our permanent collection on display with guided museum tours and see our seasonal exhibit.

Free Sundays at the Museum takes place at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and run from 1PM -4PM , every Sunday, January 13 through the end of October.

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

Free Sunday Family Programs

1-4PM: Family Room Activities

Get crafty in the Family Room with fun rotating activities relating to our current exhibit. These hands-on crafts are a great way for children to be creative and learn a little history in the process. Many of our activities draw inspiration from those that were practiced by Moravian children in the colonial days - some of which are still practiced today! Each activity is presented in conjunction with an artifact from our collection, some from as early as the 1700s.

View the schedule below to see what activities are coming up.

1-4PM: Guided Museum Tour & Scavenger Hunt

  • Leaves on the hour from the Museum Shop
  • Our docent will lead you through the various rooms of the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts telling the myriad stories behind the hundreds of artifacts found within.
  • Learn about the museum founder, Annie Kemerer, and her personal collection that started it all.
  • Children will delight in a kid-friendly artifact scavenger hunt that challenges to find specific artifacts in the rooms and teaches about each one!

1:30PM: Museum Storytime

Get your child engaged in the wonderful tales of our Museum Storytime. Volunteers read from books inspired by the artifacts in our collection. Every Sunday features a different book and a different artifact.

Once Upon a Treehouse Interactive Play Room

Provide by local company, Once Upon A Treehouse, this ‘kids only’ interactive room provides a place for kids to use their imagination, play dress up, and enjoy hands-on creative play, with beautiful handmade dollhouses!

1-4PM: Self-guided Exploration of Seasonal Exhibition (first floor of museum)

  • Artifacts Reimagined: A 5x5 Artist Exhibit opens March 28
  • See over 50 new works by the 5x5 Artists inspired by pieces from our collection!
  • Enjoy programs and workshops featuring various art mediums, skills, and crafts

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.

  • May 26- Author Paul Acampora

Check back for future Career Corner speaker dates!

Free Sundays Activities Schedule

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Come explore the different colors of the rainbow at the Kemerer! Learn about the pigments used to make different color dyes, do a science experiment that combines colors, and go on a color scavenger hunt throughout the museum.

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to A Rainbow of My Own, about a little boy who imagines what it would be like if he had his own rainbow to play with.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about the rainbow of objects in the Kemerer’s collection!

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Everyone makes art differently. Use our art materials to create whatever you want – by drawing, painting, gluing, or anything else!

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to Louise Loves Art, a story about a girl who loves art – it's her imagination on the outside!

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about different kinds of paintings, including portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Trick your eyes with optical illusions!

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to What Can I Be? a picture book that asks the different ways shapes are used to create bigger pictures.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about stereoscopes, a picture viewer that tricks the eye into seeing photographs as three-dimensional.

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Create your own magic fan using paper and popsicle sticks! We’ll also have a lesson on the language of fans.

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us the in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to The Magic Fan, a story about a builder and his magic fan.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about the fans in the Kemerer’s collection.

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Humans have decorated eggs for over 60,000 years! One popular technique is blowing out the content of the egg through a tiny hole and then decorating the outside. Decorate your own Easter Egg using paint, stickers, tissue paper, and other art supplies.

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to The Egg Tree, a story about a Pennsylvania Dutch Easter.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about chocolate molds and how your chocolate eggs and bunnies get their shape.

The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts will be CLOSED for Easter Sunday.

Have a wonderful holiday!

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Use pipe cleaners to create three-dimensional versions of Keith Haring’s outlines.

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to Keith Haring: The Boy who Just Kept Drawing. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Keith Haring is known worldwide for his chalk outline art and colorful murals.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about two Joseph Cantieni sculptures!

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Stemming from the French verb coller, meaning “to glue,” collage is an art technique hundreds of years old. Create your own collage using a variety of art materials.

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the reading room to listen to Radiant Child, the story of 1980’s collage artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat saw art everywhere, and proves that you don’t need to color inside the lines to make beautiful art.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about scrapbooks and how people used them to display memories and create art. View scrapbooks from our collection!

1 - 4PM: Kid's Crafts

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Make your own mini abstract art painting inspired by music.

1:30PM: Story Time

Join us in the Morning Call Reading Room to listen to The Noisy Paint Box, about the father of abstract art Vasily Kadinsky.

2:30PM: Artifact Show & Tell

Learn more about artist boxes and who used them!

Thank you to our Free Sundays Sponsors

HBMS Free Sunday Sponsor Fig Bethlehem

HBMS Free Sundays Sponsor The Morning Call

HBMS Free Sunday Sponsor Altitude Marketing

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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