Things to do in Historic Bethlehem
Planning out your calendar? Be sure to include these fantastic things to do in Historic Bethlehem.
Join us for workshops, programs, events, exhibitions, and our amazing walking tours.
Museum & Historic Site Hours
Marche Maison Vintage Market Pop-Up Shop
located at the 1810 Goundie House, 501 Main Street
Come shop the Marche Maison Vintage Market in all it's new holiday fabulousness! Explore the beautifully curated spaces of the historic 1810 Goundie House featuring home decor, accessories, jewelry and more! Find and take home inspiration from the 3 featured vendors: Marche Maison, Cottage & Bloom, and My 3 Girls that will give your own home a unique and beautiful holiday ambiance.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Witness the beauty of Bethlehem's downtown National Historic Landmark District with a Valentine's Day carriage ride.
Treat your sweetheart to a cozy, serene horse-drawn carriage ride through beautiful downtown North Bethlehem! Carriage rides are perfect to surprise that special someone in your life to pop that special question!
Dates: February 13-15
*price includes processing fees
On Exhibit through April 30, 2020
Spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, ranging in style from folk art, to contemporary designer to embroidered. Ilene Hochberg Wood’s collection, which numbers into the thousands, is broken up into sub collections of 150 to ~ 300 purses grouped by material, aesthetic elements, and use.
Explore a timeline of handbags, representing the trends of each decade, displayed alongside corresponding fashions and paired with life-sized graphics from fashion advertisements that visitors can pose alongside.
Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or by calling 1.800.360.TOUR
February 16, March 19, April 26, and May 14
Tour the exhibit with the woman behind the purses, Ilene Hochberg Wood! Enjoy light refreshments and drinks while shopping, then participate in a Q&A with Ms. Hochberg Wood to get answers to all your burning questions about her collection.
Programs & Workshops
Design After Dark offers a new place to get together with an artistic flair! Hosting trivia nights, beer gardens, documentary film showings, and retro arcades - this is not your typical night at the museum. Dive into history, art, and design while taking a trip down memory lane through local historic trivia and some of your favorite childhood pastimes. Proudly sponsored by Altitude Marketing.
January 31 - Road Trip! at America On Wheels
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts: Every Sunday 1-4 pm, returning January 19, 2020!
- Museum Storytime - Book reading that relates to a piece from our collection with an artifact show-and-tell.
- Family Room Crafts - Create your own historical crafts like crazy quilts, family trees, calligraphy chart, and more.
- Museum Tours - Kid friendly version with artifact scavenger hunt available!
- Career Corner - Select dates of the year a local professional will talk about design in their career and do a kid-friendly craft.
This series will offer everything from artist workshops to expert-led discussions to self-defense sessions drawing inspiration from the experience and contributions of Moravian women in the 18th and 19th centuries and how their legacy has and will continue to influence women in the Lehigh Valley.
FREE to attend! Get involved in local history with these programs developed by the Penn State Master Gardeners and local historic groups. Spend a morning or afternoon with your family and friends exploring the beautiful sites of Burnside Plantation while learning about gardening, local fauna, colonial cooking, and the history of the plantation.
Discover how colonial blacksmiths made the intricate hinges, door handles, hooks, and decorative objects you see everywhere in Historic Moravian Bethlehem in Blacksmithing 101.
- Blacksmithing 101 (Beginner)
- Blacksmithing 201 (Intermediate 1)
- Blacksmithing 202 (Intermediate 2)
- Advanced Classes
- Custom Group Classes