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National Museum of Industrial History

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Address: 602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1390
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+1 610-694-6644
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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National Museum of Industrial History

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Local industrial culture in our own backyard!

Checked the previous reviews and decided to make the best of a rainy Saturday. We took our two boys ages 11 & 8. We were pleasantly surprised and saw the wonderful local... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeanette M
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Allenton
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Allenton
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Checked the previous reviews and decided to make the best of a rainy Saturday. We took our two boys ages 11 & 8. We were pleasantly surprised and saw the wonderful local collection of machinery, the steel industry (Bethlehem Steel), as well as artifacts from the silk industry. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian. We also lucked out... More 

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Delaware
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70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a brand new, albeit small, museum and a welcome addition to Bethlehem. Located at the "Stacks" it has the industrial vibe from the moment you pull up as it is a converted factory building. Nice selection of displays illustrating different areas of the industrial revolution - steel to garment and more. It is not just the massive machinery.... More 

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Darien, Connecticut
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358 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an excellent addition to an historic engineering community. Fabulous exhibits with knowledgable docents. Kids will love this place.

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Glenn K, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Industrial History, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

New Jersey
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180 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

First, the parking entrance is on 3rd St, at the college. Fees are $12 adults, 7-17 $9, under 6 free. I could not suggest this to kids under 11, and above that age an interest in history. This us not a "touch me" museum. Little ones would be boarded real quick. Grand parents and parents would be interested. Whoever took... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

If you're in Bethlehem this place is worth the time spent here. We visited in the fall and I would recommend you visit on a warm day so you can walk around outside and enjoy the well kept grounds. The displays are thought out and easy to access. Bring your camera, too.

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Thank Chipper M
Glenn K, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Industrial History, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, we hope you got some great photos while you were here! More 

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Very interesting showcase for the history of Bethlehem Steel and the contribution of steel-making in Bethlehem and the country. Interactive exhibits for both kids and adults.

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Glenn K, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Industrial History, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Jim, we're glad you enjoyed the museum and the interactives! More 

Reading, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This trip was a Christmas present for my husband who is a Metallurgist so I knew he would love it. I figured I would be bored but I really enjoyed myself. The first section on the worlds fair and the last section on petroleum wasn't as fun but I LOVED the steel and silk section. The exhibits are educational, interesting... More 

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Glenn K, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Industrial History, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, we're glad you and your husband enjoyed yourselves! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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159 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

While the name of the museum and its subject matter might not suggest a glamorous subject to some, it is actually fascinating. First of all, the staff and (primarily) volunteer tour guides make the subject matter and stories very interesting and personable. The history of industry, especially in Pennsylvania, is as much (if not more so) a story of people... More 

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Miami, Florida
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529 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Wonderful collection of early machines. The guide gave a personal tour. Very informative! Highly recommend!

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This museum does everything right! If you're visiting the Sands Casino, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Historic Bethlehem, or the Steelstacks or just passing through the Lehigh Valley this is a great stop. In an interesting and logical way it explains the industrial revolution. While you might think the subject a bit dry the museum guide brings the topic to life.... More 

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