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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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Great new museum, well wrth your time

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This museum is relatively new, but a great addition to the area. It explains what Bethlehem used to be, and what it came from. The museum is broken down into two sections - the steel and the silk industry. We spent close to two hours there which was a nice way to start our day off. It was $12 per... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Models and actual examples of machinery helping to create America's industrial might are displayed. A docent gave a great introduction to the museum; then you were on your own to tour the exhibits. A number of audio stations and a few video stations were available. I would have preferred a tour guide or persons in each of the areas to... More 

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

As an engineer, I love the idea of this museum, and I think it does a pretty good job of making industrial history and machinery accessible and interesting to people who aren't terribly excited about it up front (like my friends that I dragged here with me, who ended up enjoying it a lot). The museum is shiny and new,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

My husband and I were impressed with the Machinery. Not only beautiful colors but fancy art work on them besides. Some Massive Machinery, Steam Power, History of the Silk Mill, Steel Workers, etc. Rich History of Bethlehem Steel. Not a big museum but well worth the trip to see and they will be adding more items. Open Wed-Sun 10 am... More 

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