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The Bethlehem Press: The Kemerer Museum “Out of Sight!” Neighborhoods


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

‘Out of Sight!’ neighborhoods

Don’t sweat the small stuff, discover it at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts at 427 N. New St. Hidden away in the second floor vault are rows of movable shelving housing the Elizabeth Johnston Prime Dollhouse and Toy Collection. With 44 structures and 6,000 pieces, this is one of the largest antique dollhouse collections in the United States. Most of the collection was either handmade or manufactured from 1830-1930, representing 100 years of architectural and decorative arts history.

The public will be able to enjoy an opportunity to take a Sunday afternoon guided tour of the tiny ‘neighborhoods’ in the environmentally-controlled Collections Resource Center on June 16, Aug. 18, and Oct. 20 from 1 - 2 pm. Tickets are $25 per person to see these hidden treasures.

Keith Sten led an April 14 tour. With gloved hands, he walked an enthusiastic group through rows of exquisitely-detailed dollhouses, ...


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