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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.

The Kemerer Museum will be CLOSED Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22 as our Staff will be working at the Blueberry Festival! Come join us at the beautiful Burnside Plantation for family fun at the sweetest festival of the summer!

2018 Free Sunday Family Programs

Family Room Activities: 1-4PM

Set within our spring exhibit, Time Capsule Bethlehem: Our City Then & Now, our family room is ready to help you and your family create momentos for the future. Get crafty in the Family Room with these fun rotating activities: 

  • Make your own family tree, family album, or time capsule box
  • Practice your Colonial penmanship by learning calligraphy and see examples of calligraphy written by Bethlehem school children in the 1800s
  • Learn the art of crossed letter writing, a Victorian process that helped save paper and postage costs
  • Make a knitted bookmark or a crazy quilt bandana and view historic examples on display
  • Fill out, then color your very own Fraktur - a Pennsylvania Dutch form of artistic record keeping
  • Design and create your own Hex signs
  • and much more!

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

Museum Storytime: 1:30PM

Learn about the amazing historical pieces in our collection through readings and artifact show-and-tells during our Museum Storytime. Volunteers read from books inspired by the artifacts in our collection.

The reading is followed by a show and tell of interesting pieces from the collection that inspired the book choice for the week.

View the schedule below to see this month's book selection!

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!

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 back for future Career Corner speaker dates!

Free Sundays Activities Schedule

1:30PM: Museum Story Time: Bringing Nature Inside

  • "The Tin Forest" by Helen Ward

1 - 4PM: Kid's Activities & Artifact Show & Tell

  • Tin Punching
  • Make Your Own Time Capsule - Decorate your own time capsule box to keep your most precious belongings! Be sure to include a letter to your future self from the Letter Writing Station.
  • Artifact Display - Flower in Design: A show and tell of artifacts from the collection that feature flowers.

1 - 4PM: Self-Guided Exploration of Exhibition: Time Capsule Bethlehem (First Floor)

  • Tool Identification - test your knowledge as you guess the name and use of assorted historical tools
  • Letter Writing Station - write a letter to your future self and emboss with the seal of the Mayor of Bethlehem

1 - 4PM: Guided Scavenger Hunt Museum Tour (leaves on the hour from the Museum Gift Shop)

  • Take a guided tour of the Kemerer Museum and learn about the permanent collection on display.
  • Kid-friendly scavenger hunt makes finding hidden artifacts a fun way to explore history!

1:30PM: Museum Story Time: Modes of Travel

  • "Locomotive" by Brian Floca

1 - 4PM: Kid's Activities & Artifact Show & Tell

  • Calligraphy - Learn the art of colonial penmanship!
  • Plan Your Trip - Design your own travel adventure with different modes of transportation.
  • Artifact Display - Dent Toy Company artifact show and tell.

1 - 4PM: Self-Guided Exploration of Exhibition: Time Capsule Bethlehem (First Floor)

  • Tool Identification - test your knowledge as you guess the name and use of assorted historical tools
  • Letter Writing Station - write a letter to your future self and emboss with the seal of the Mayor of Bethlehem

1 - 4PM: Guided Scavenger Hunt Museum Tour (leaves on the hour from the Museum Gift Shop)

  • Take a guided tour of the Kemerer Museum and learn about the permanent collection on display.
  • Kid-friendly scavenger hunt makes finding hidden artifacts a fun way to explore history!

1:30PM: Museum Story Time: Building a Home

  • "Iggy Peck, Architect" by David Roberts and Andrea Beaty

1 - 4PM: Kid's Activities & Artifact Show & Tell

  • Draw Your House - Draw a picture of your home from memory on a blank sheet of paper.
  • Origami House - Create a house out of origami and decorate it!
  • Artifact Display - Architecture of historic dollhouses

1 - 4PM: Self-Guided Exploration of Exhibition: Time Capsule Bethlehem (First Floor)

  • Tool Identification - test your knowledge as you guess the name and use of assorted historical tools
  • Letter Writing Station - write a letter to your future self and emboss with the seal of the Mayor of Bethlehem

1 - 4PM: Guided Scavenger Hunt Museum Tour (leaves on the hour from the Museum Gift Shop)

  • Take a guided tour of the Kemerer Museum and learn about the permanent collection on display.
  • Kid-friendly scavenger hunt makes finding hidden artifacts a fun way to explore history!

The Kemerer Museum will be CLOSED during Blueberry Festival.

We invite you to join us for Story Time at the Burnside Plantation and to enjoy all-things-blueberry at the sweetest festival of the summer!

Story Time: Food!

  • "Blueberries for Sale" by Robert McCloskey

1:30PM: Museum Story Time: Art & Drawing

  • "Katie's Sunday Afternoon" by James Mayhew

1 - 4PM: Kid's Activities & Artifact Show & Tell

  • Painting - Create your own artwork using the pointillism technique like George Seurat
  • Artifact Display - Sketches from the collection alongside finished pieces from the same artists. This is a sneak-peek at our upcoming fall exhibit Sketched Out opening in September!

1 - 4PM: Self-Guided Exploration of Exhibition: Time Capsule Bethlehem (First Floor)

  • Tool Identification - test your knowledge as you guess the name and use of assorted historical tools
  • Letter Writing Station - write a letter to your future self and emboss with the seal of the Mayor of Bethlehem

1 - 4PM: Guided Scavenger Hunt Museum Tour (leaves on the hour from the Museum Gift Shop)

  • Take a guided tour of the Kemerer Museum and learn about the permanent collection on display.
  • Kid-friendly scavenger hunt makes finding hidden artifacts a fun way to explore history!

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

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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Kemerer Museum Site Rentals

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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