Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


275th Community Heritage Campaign

Not just another pretty place.

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Help us ensure the future of Bethlehem's past.

Contribute to the 275th Community Heritage Campaign and your 100% tax-deductible donation will directly support 20 historic sites.

What We Do

Historic Bethlehem preserves, exhibits, and shares the stories that reflect the lives of the people who shaped Bethlehem through 20 historic buildings, 20 acres of land, 60,000 pieces of pottery, 6 gardens, 4 ruins, silver, paintings, furniture, clothing, and more.

In fact, Historic Moravian Bethlehem is a National Historic Landmark District, one of only 8 in Pennsylvania and about 200 across the country, and has two National Historic Landmarks – the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the 1762 Waterworks.


How Can You Help?


Giving Levels

Level  What it represents
$27.50  275th Anniversary of the city Bethlehem
$60  60,000 artifacts in the HBMS Collection
$104  Years Bethlehem remained a closed Moravian community
$275  275th Anniversary of the Gemeinhaus
$500  Number of acres sold to the Moravians by William Allen
$1741  Year that the City of Bethlehem was established
$2016  Year that we celebrate 275 years of Bethlehem’s history
$3008  94’ x 32’ footprint of the 1741 Gemeinhaus
 $6000 Number of Dollhouse Pieces at the Kemerer

By contributing, you can help preserve this legacy.

Where Are We Now?

What am I supporting?

Photo Credit: Paul S. Bartholomew

The Moravian Museum

  • 1741 Gemeinhaus- the largest 18th century log building in continuous use in the US.
  • 1744/1752 Single Sisters' House- home to the Single Sisters through 2007.
  • 1758 Nain-Schober House- the only remaining building in the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor built and lived in by Native Americans.
  • The 1752 Apothecary- the oldest continuously operated apothecary in the US.

The Colonial Industrial Quarter

  • 1750/1761 Smithy- featuring colonial Blacksmith demonstrations and classes.
  • 1761 Tannery- the only 18th century tannery in existence in the US.
  • 1762 Waterworks- America's first pumped municipal water system.
  • 1782/1834 Miller's House- the first separate residence built for the master of a trade.
  • 1869 Luckenbach Mill- a grain and flour mill that became a car parts store in the middle of a junk yard before being rehabilitated and now renovated into the Luckenbach Mill Learning Center.
  • The Spring House- a replica of the 1746 log structure used to store vegetables & dairy products.
Springhouse Phillip Stefano
1748-1848 Burnside Plantation-a beautiful view of the Summer Kitchen at Burnside Plantation

1748 Burnside Plantation

  • The first private farm in the city of Bethlehem.
  • Features 1 of only 2 working high horsepower wheels in the US.
  • George Washington's papers were stored at the plantation during part of the Revolutionary War.
  • Site of the Annual Blueberry Festival & Apple Days.

1810 Goundie House &
Visitor Center

  • The Goundie House is the oldest Federal style brick home in Bethlehem, and was home to J,S. Goundie, successful brewer, and businessman, & fire-inspector.
  • The Visitor Center is housed in the historic Mr. Schropp's Shop, a dry goods emporium in the 1830's.
1810 Goundie House ©Paul S. Bartholomew 0910010
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Kemerer Museum of
Decorative Arts

  • The only museum in Pennsylvania dedicated to the decorative arts.
  • Features one of the country's largest antique dollhouse collections.


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Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Registration and financial information about Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999, or on the web at www.dos.state.pa.us. Registration does not imply endorsement.