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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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On a rainy day my cousin and I decided to drive up to Bethlehem and see this museum. Glad we did... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
retiredfrwork
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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Bethlehem's Industrial Past

Relatively new museum with lots to offer relating to Bethlehem's industrial past including the silk... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
Sue R
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Media, Pennsylvania
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National Museum of Industrial History
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
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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"
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"on display"
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"repair shop"
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"lehigh valley"
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"bethlehem steel"
in 15 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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"nice gift shop"
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"kids and adults"
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"per adult"
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"come alive"
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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

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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

Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 25 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.

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Reviewed 21 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.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Went with family who had this high on their list. Didn't expect it to be as compelling as it was. Learned so much, had a great time, and would highly recommend to others.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Our homeschool co-op took a field trip/ tour of the National Museum of Industrial History - and everyone (kids & parents) had a great time and learned a ton. There is so much history packed into a small-ish space - and lots of interactive things...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

We just went with our kids ages 10, 8 and 3. The 3 year old got a little restless, but the tour guide made the museum come alive for my 10 & 8 year old girls (they are into history)! My 10 year old especially...More

Thank oparshina
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

This is next to the historic Bethelehem Steel works. Its really small and can be covered in less than half hour.It is however well organized and the volunteers make your visit a good one. I am waiting to see when the giant pump is going...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Unlike some museums, this one is small enough to explore all in one visit. The focus is on machinery specific to the Bethlehem area. A few early examples of the development of machinery are included. (A foot powered table saw, for example.)There is a lot...More

Thank donna d
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

I stopped into this museum with some family on a day off. This museum focuses primarily on the four main industries that formed the core of Bethlehem, PA, and therefore the nation: iron, steel, propane, and silk. Bethlehem is best known for Bethlehem Steel, which...More

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Glenn K, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Industrial History, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Thanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed your visit to NMIH!

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gcathey
18 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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