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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.

Tour Schedule

Historic Bethlehem Tours

Old Bethlehem Walking Tour
Saturdays & Sundays in September & October at 1:00pm

Cemetery Tour: Death & Dying
Saturdays & Sundays in September & October at 3:00pm

Mystery & History Tour
Thursdays-Sundays in October at 5:00pm

Year-Round Self-Guided Tour

Heritage Trail Self-Guided Tour
Any time

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Bethlehem Steel Tours

The Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel Walking Tour
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm

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Heritage Trail

Download the tour to your mobile device

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 your own mobile device.

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!

Price: $12

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: Saturdays & Sundays in September & October at 1:00

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

Cemetery Tour: Death & Dying

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

Your certified costumed guide will meet you at the HBMS Visitor Center, to learn about the early Moravians and their funerary traditions, stroll through God's Acre - Bethlehem's oldest cemetery, and hear the stories of the people behind the names you'll find there!

Dates:
September & October, Saturdays & Sundays at 3 pm

Price: $15 for Non-Members, $10 for HBMS Members, $9 for Children (ages 4 - 17)

Mystery and History Tour

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

Do spirits roam amongst the historic buildings of Bethlehem? You be the judge. Experience the spooky side of early Moravian Bethlehem on the Mystery and History tour. Explore the grounds at twilight as you hear the stories of unsolved murders, spooky premonitions, ghostly sightings.

Your certified costumed guide will meet you at the HBMS Visitor Center or Hotel Bethlehem and take you on a journey through the Colonial Industrial Quarter as you explore the paranormal. This tour features the 1750 Smithy and colonial blacksmithing, Revolutionary War connections at the 1762 Waterworks and 1761 Tannery, the fire at the Luckenbach Mill, and other historic sites and struggles within the Colonial Industrial Quarter.

Dates:
October, Thursdays-Sundays at 5:00 pm

Price: $15 for Non-Members, $10 for HBMS Members, $9 for Children (ages 4 - 17)

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 America’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.

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 workers 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 workers played in our country’s history.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm
Complimentary screening of The Christmas City documentary one half hour before tour when available.

Price: NEW! Value Package including admission to the National Museum of Industrial History.

Adult - $20 tour only; $27 for tour and admission to NMIH
Child - $12 tour only; $20 for tour and admission to NMIH

*prices include processing fees

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:
Check back for dates!

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 places of worship, the 1741 Gemeinhaus, 1751 Old Chapel, and 1803-06 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 are held there.

Dates: February, Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm

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

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: March - April, Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm

Tour on Saturday, March 14 begins at 2:00 PM due to parade. No tour on Easter Sunday, April 12.

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

Moravian Story Walking Tour

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

Starting at the Moravian Museum, take a walk through history with one of our certified guides to discover the story behind Bethlehem's founders: the Moravians!  Learn what made the Moravian community so unique and what aspects of their daily lives are reflected in the historic buildings still standing today. Explore the Single Sisters' House, Nain-Schober House, the 1752 Apothecary, and the 1810 Goundie House.

Dates: May, Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm

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

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: June & July, Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm

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

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: June & July, Saturdays & Sundays at 3 pm

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

Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour

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

Sit back and experience the Christmas City on a trip back in time with our certified costumed guide. This tour includes a visit to the famous star atop South Mountain, a look at early and current local holiday traditions, and access to historic highlights in north and south Bethlehem.

Dates: Check back for dates.

Price: Adults: $18.50, Children: $12*

*price includes processing fees

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: Check back for dates.

Price: Adults: $18.50; Children: $12*

*price includes processing fees

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Leaves from the front of Central Moravian Church
Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Witness the beauty of Bethlehem's downtown National Historic Landmark District with a Christmas carriage ride.

Enjoy a holiday tradition for locals and guests alike. These cozy, serene, horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful downtown North Bethlehem are the perfect way to enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds of Christmas City with your family and friends!

Dates: Check back for dates.

Price: $72.50* Carriage fits up to 4 adults and 2 children on laps

*price includes processing fees

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.

Dates: Check back for dates.

Price: $27*

*price includes processing fees

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.

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 part with funding received through the County of Northampton's Hotel Tax Program.

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

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