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National Museum of Industrial History

602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1354
+1 610-694-6644
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Terrific preservation of America's industrial foundation

An affiliate of the Smithsonian, and with some objects from its collection, this museum does a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Todd B
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Small, overpriced and boring

The old guy in the main room made me uncomfortable. He was following me around like a lost puppy... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Yudita M
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National Museum of Industrial History
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1354
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"silk industry"
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"well worth the visit"
in 5 reviews
"on display"
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"repair shop"
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"lehigh valley"
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"bethlehem steel"
in 16 reviews
"smithsonian institution"
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"silk making"
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"interactive exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"scavenger hunt"
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"great addition to the area"
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"silk production"
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"great introduction"
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"a wonderful tour guide"
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"nice gift shop"
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"kids and adults"
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"per adult"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An affiliate of the Smithsonian, and with some objects from its collection, this museum does a great job of personalizing America's great industrial heritage. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and obliging.

Thank Todd B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The old guy in the main room made me uncomfortable. He was following me around like a lost puppy and touched my arm twice. He kept trying to talk to me. The exhibits were underwhelming and the museum is so expensive.

Thank Yudita M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this! Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon and received a family admission rate. Staff were so friendly and welcoming. From the admissions staff that helped us "punch" in to the knowledgeable docents who took so much time to tell us about the artifacts...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This might not seem that interesting if you're not into manufacturing, but it's actually fascinating. The sheer scale of some of these machines is staggering. Try and imagine what it was like to work in the factories that housed these massive devices. Six day work...More

Thank DinPhilly
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have lived in Bethlehem awhile and have always been fascinated by the history of the steel mill. We were very excited for this museum to finally open. We were a little surprised about how small it us given its place in our region's history...More

1  Thank Thomas C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I recently went with fellow retirees on an outing to this museum. It's easy to find and has plenty of handicapped parking. We had a WONDERFUL tour guide who pointed out many things which would easily been missed. In addition to the history of the...More

1  Thank Steve Z
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

On a rainy day my cousin and I decided to drive up to Bethlehem and see this museum. Glad we did. Since I used to work at US Steel in Fairless Hills, PA anything about the steel industry interests me. This museum did not disappoint...More

1  Thank retiredfrwork
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Relatively new museum with lots to offer relating to Bethlehem's industrial past including the silk industry. Being housed in one of Bethlehem Steel's electrical repair shops brings an added, unanticipated bonus to the tour. Very impressive collection of machines and displays. Very friendly, helpful and...More

1  Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The museum has an awesome collection of machinery. Everything has been beautifully restored and it is interesting to see how artfully designed and fancifully painted some of the giant machines were. Exhibits were interactive and of interest to kids and adults.

Thank Sean M
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The industrial items from Bethlehem's steel making past displayed are very interesting from early motors to belt driven lathes etc. as well as silk and propane manufacture that also took place in the area. It also adjoins the abandoned steel making blast furnaces.

Thank Richard R
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gcathey
19 July 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
it's a good half mile... Then you have to walk back.
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Jenny0753
26 May 2017|
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Response from HaverfordColl | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. It's a Smithsonian Museum. The group ahead of us got a discount because they were members of the Smithsonian Museum though.
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ourfamilystravels14
23 August 2016|
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Response from Fred K | Reviewed this property |
I don't think this particular museum would hold a lot of interest for young children. Unless they have an unusual interest in engines and early machinery. None of the machine actually are moving - which I imagine wouldn't... More
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