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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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10:00 - 17:00
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is a wonderful new museum just recently opened in South Bethlehem. It is easily found, has good parking and it is a wonderful place to tour. The folks (volunteers) that run it are some of the nicest and friendliest staffers I have met. They are eager to help you, answer your questions and direct you as to what they... More 

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West Orange, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Terrific exhibits with sparkly machinery. The guide was informative and eager to respond to any questions, as he roamed throughout the medium-sized museum, as available. The museum's grand title is a bit of a misnomer, as there is little explaining the social and technological origins of complex manufacturing, but knowing that going that in eliminates any disappointment. I believe a... More 

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Glenside, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This museum in a former building of the Bethlehem Steel plant provides a compact history of industrial history in the US from the nineteenth century. Starting with machinery featured at the Centennial Exposition, the museum explains steel-making, silk-making and propane gas. Very clearly presented.

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Congers, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I learned so much from touring this museum. We had a wonderful tour guide for half of the time there, who explained everything to us. The displays were phenomenal. It covered over 100 years of industry. We felt in awe of the workers and inventors in this country who accomplished so much

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Brooklyn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This museum is relatively new, but a great addition to the area. A docent gave a great introduction to the museum, then we were on our own to tour the exhibits. A number of audio stations and a few video stations were available.We would have preferred a tour guide or persons in each of the areas to talk about the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Really interesting to see all the different machines and guess how they worked. There are plaques in front of each one that explain their general uses but ideally it would have been nice to have some kind of demonstration for how each machine worked, though I suppose that could end up being a little overwhelming. Would have liked more explanation... More 

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