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National Museum of Industrial History

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

National Museum of Industrial History

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Interesting Collection of Machinery

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Willow Street
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This museum was conceived back in the 90's but thanks to corruption, mismanagement, and nepotism it took until 2016 to actually open. It lacks a cohesive theme and is actually too small to display anymore "large industrial artifacts" not suitable for Smithsonian proper. Doesn't do a good job talking about the importance of Bethlehem Steel. Too much space spent on... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I was a little disappointed. I thought this museum would be free since it is affiliated with the Smithsonian, it was $12 per adult, still wanted to check it out, then I was surprised how small the museum is. Not as impressive as the Industrial and Agricultural Museum in York, PA or the Lowell MA Historical Park. For the small... More 

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South Bound Brook, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I've been waiting a long time to see this museum open and the wait is well worth it! The displays are informative and well laid out. The collection is amazing. Definitely recommend visiting here.

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Pipersville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The museum is so informative and is set up great. There are volunteers who if you should have questions are happy to answer as well as giving you some history about the museum. It was great, we definitely go back again especially with the grandchildren

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Since this is a relatively new museum I wasn't sure what to expect. I was truly amazed and delighted to learn more about the industries that made the area of Bethlehem what it is today. learning about the steel and silk industries and the people who worked in them was very well done with personal interviews. A gem of a... More 

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Suffern, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Before I went, I really didn't know exactly what to expect. Based on the photos alone, I thought that it could be a little boring, for the non-technical person, like me; although based on Tripadvisor reviews, I knew that it would be great. It was great! The museum presents all exhibits very clearly, in terminology which is easy to understand,... More 

Southampton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This museum is located next to the old steel stacks of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, which alone, is truly an awesome sight. In fact, the museum occupies one of the remnant buildings of that bygone corporation. Before entering, take a look across the way at the still standing Bethlehem Steel headquarters and main office building, which is also an awesome sight.... More 

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