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Visit, Explore, Experience almost three centuries of Bethlehem's rich heritage through walking tours, museum admission, & more!

Take a look at our special historic Bethlehem tours being offered. Please make appointments for any custom tours at least 24-48 hours’ notice.

2018 Summer Tour Schedule

Historic Bethlehem Tours

Tuesdays - Sundays at 1:00pm
Colonial Industrial Quarter Walking Tour

Tuesdays - Sundays at 3:00pm
Old Bethlehem Walking Tour

Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
Heritage Trail Self-Guided Tour

Bethlehem Steel Tours
the perfect Father's Day gift!

Thursdays - Sundays at 12:30pm
Along the Lehigh River: The Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel

Thursdays - Sundays at 2:00pm
The Hoover-Mason Trestle Walking Tour

To learn more about a specific tour, click on the link below:

1752 Apothecary Tour

Leaves from the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
66 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Learn how the Moravians treat the infirm and ailing & what types of medical practices were established in early Bethlehem.

From site to site, explore at least two centuries of medical advancement in Bethlehem.

Explore the Apothecary that ran from 1743 - 1952 and represents what is left of the oldest continually operated drug store in the United States.

Dates: Seasonal tour. Please call to schedule your custom tour: 1.800.360.TOUR

Price: $15 Non-Members, $10 for HBMS Members [Become a Member today!]

Along the Lehigh River:
The Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel

Leaves from Steelstacks Visitor Center
711 East First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Steel produced by Bethlehem Steel was used in the construction of some of American’s greatest landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building. Discover the history and importance of this 20th century giant; its humble beginnings, its monumental growth, and its tragic decline on this one-hour walking tour.

Dates: Thursday - Sunday - Film begins at 12:30 pm, walking tour begins at 1 pm

Price: $15 for tour; $18 for tour plus a screening of "Bethlehem: The Christmas City"

Behind-the-Scenes Dollhouse Tour

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

See one of the Nation’s largest dollhouse collections in our state of the art Collections Resource Center, and learn about the life of Elizabeth Johnston Prime!

Dates: Sunday; July 15, September 16, & November 18 at 1:00pm

Price: $25 for Non-Members, $20 for Members

*Tickets must be purchased IN ADVANCE.

Church & Chapel Tour

Leaves from the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
66 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Learn about the history of Bethlehem's oldest buildings of worship, the Gemeinhaus, Old Chapel, and Central Moravian Church Sanctuary, that are still inspiring visitors today.

Explore the history of the buildings themselves, as well as the structure of the worship services that were held there.

Dates: Seasonal tour! Check back for future dates.

Price: $15

Colonial Industrial Quarter Walking Tour

Leaves from the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center
505 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

How did the early Moravians establish the largest concentration of crafts, trades, and industries in the American Colonies? Learn how Moravian settlers used trade skills to become self-sufficient.

Explore the Colonial Industrial Quarter with our costumed guide and learn how it has changed throughout the centuries, beginning as America's earliest industrial park, developing into an automotive junk yard, then transforming into the bucolic site it is today!

Dates: Tuesdays - Sundays at 1:00 pm

Price: $15 for Non-Members, $10 for HBMS Members [Become a Member today and save!]

Death & Dying Cemetery Tour

Leaves from the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
66 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Take a walk - if you dare - on our historic cemetery tour! Your certified, costumed guide will meet you inside the oldest building in Bethlehem, the 1741 Gemeinhaus, to learn about the early Moravians.

See an original 18th century dead tray, stroll through Bethlehem's oldest cemetery, and hear the stories of those who once lived in the town.

Dates: Seasonal Tour! Check back for upcoming Fall tour dates!

Price: $15

Heritage Trail

Pick up audio device from the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center
505 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Walk, jog, or bike along the Historic Bethlehem Heritage Trail! Experience Bethlehem on your own time and at your own pace with the use of handheld audio devices.

With 6 links, 80 stops, and 275 years of history, you have the opportunity to learn about the Moravian Founders, Monocacy Valley, Westward Expansion, Victorian Bethlehem, Farmland to Industry, and Bethlehem Steel!

Dates: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

Price: $12

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Hoover-Mason Trestle Tour

hoover mason trestle feature

Leaves from Steelstacks Visitor Center
711 East First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

The heart and soul of Bethlehem Steel, The Hoover-Mason Trestle, is the closest you can get to the crucible of iron and steel making in America. The laborers of Bethlehem Steel, once the 2nd largest steel producer in the country, were the backbone of the company. This one-hour walking tour features up close views of the former steel plant and treats guests to an in-depth look at the steel making process and the roles these laborers played in our country’s history.

Dates: Thursdays - Sundays - Film begins at 2 pm, walking tour begins at 2:30 pm

Price: $15 for tour; $18 for tour plus a screening of "Bethlehem: The Christmas City"

Group Tours

Create a lasting, one-of-a-kind experience for your group, family members, wedding parties, clubs, or corporate teams.

Our staff will help you create a visit that is customized to your interests, time frame, and price points.

John Adams Bethlehem
Walking Tour

Leaves from the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center
505 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

See Bethlehem through John Adams' eyes on this tour led by a costumed guide & discover the role historic Bethlehem played during the American Revolutionary War.

Learn more about who the Moravians were, as well as the visits of John Adams and the Marquis de La Fayette to our city.

Dates: Seasonal Tour! Check back for upcoming dates!

Price: $15

Old Bethlehem Walking Tour

Leaves from the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center
505 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Led by one of our certified guides in period dress, learn the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginnings in 1741.

The walk will cover 275 years of Bethlehem history: speaking on the 1741 Gemeinhaus, 1762 Waterworks, 1758 Nain-Schober House, and the 1752 Apothecary.

Dates: Tuesdays - Sundays at 3 pm

Price: $15 for Non-Members, $10 for HBMS Members [Become a Member today and save!]

Christmas City Combo Ticket

Enjoy Christkindlmarkt, recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the US by Travel + Leisure, and Trees of Historic Bethlehem, gilded Christmas trees from around the world, for one great price with a Christmas City Combo Ticket!

Ticket includes one day admission to both Christkindlmarkt and Trees of Historic Bethlehem self-guided tour.

 

2018 Tickets Coming Soon!

Christmas City Stroll

Leaves from the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center
505 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Discover the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginning in 1741, the tales of a candle-in-every-window, and the renowned Bethlehem Star.

Experience Bethlehem's exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture and two National Historic Landmarks: the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks.

Dates: By Appointment

Price: $15

 

2018 Tickets Coming Soon!

See What People Are Saying About Our Tours

"My Friend and I did the Colonial Industrial Tour today, June 10, 2018. Ted was our guide. He was excellent!
There were so many dates and events that he talked about; how he was able to remember it all, I don't know, but he delivered the history with genuine pride of Historic Bethlehem. I am a proud, life long resident of Bethlehem and this tour has made me even prouder of the history we have here and the perseverance that is needed to maintain it. "
~ Kathleen C.

"My sister and I did the Apothecary tour today. Ted was our guide, and he was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the medical practices and the Apothecary. He taught a us a lot about the Moravians, and the history of the little town. He took time to answer all of our questions, and gave us information on other tours and events that we cannot wait to attend. For the short amount of time we were with him we learned so much! We will definitely be back for the walking tours in the spring!"
~ Tara C.

"We did the walking tour with Madeline today. OMG, she really is amazing! Taught us a lot in an hour. Deb and Kristen at the Welcome Center are incredible! Made us want to move tomorrow!"
~ Curt V.

"My husband and I went on the Rise & Fall tour this afternoon. The tour guide was a natural public speaker although I know she did a lot of homework to get her tour just right. I learned a lot without being overwhelmed and absolutely adored having the historic pictures. I can't wait to come back when the trestle opens as a walkway. Many thanks!"
~ Mandi M.

These tours are being funded in whole or in part with funding received through the County of Northampton's Hotel Tax Program.

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Visitor Center
505 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
1.800.360.TOUR | info@historicbethlehem.org


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