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Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

66 W Church St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
610 691 6055
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Bethlehem
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Part of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, this museum focuses on the life of the region's early German Protestant settlers.
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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum has wonderful insights into the Moravian church, the Moravians themselves and the history of the town of Bethlehem. The tour guides are well informed and the materials on display are well-presented and preserved (the collection of needlework is extensive and interesting). Partner this visit with a walking tour of the town (for example God's Acre, the Sun Inn... More

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Grayson, Georgia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My wife and I visited the Moravian Museum in part to compare it with the Moravian museum in Salem, North Carolina, where settlers from Bethlehem arrived 13 years after settling in Pennsylvania in 1740. It was fascinating to see how the architecture supported the Brotherhood's communal lifestyle. The museum has many artifacts and costumes from the 1700s including a delightful... More

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Mount Airy, NC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Just added to the National Register, the Moravian Museum is right in the heart of this modern town as it resurrects and reinvents itself. The buildings and artifacts are beautiful and the guides are friendly, informative and welcoming. Come prepared to walk, do stairs and hills. Comfy shoes are a must but, again, well worth the exertions.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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77 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This museum Gemeinhaus in downtown Bethlehem PA has lots of info on the beliefs of the Moravians and their 1700's settlement. Tours give lots of insights on how they lived and worked. Produced from many industries, woodworking, clock making, farming, basket making, music, pottery and were a self sufficient community. Provided for all their members who lived and worked together... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Outstanding introduction to the Moravian scene in Bethlehem. Quality very high. Authentic atmosphere, very interesting and better if viewed with benefit of a guide. Excellent for families.

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Top Contributor
534 reviews 534 reviews
420 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

First I must note that the city of Bethlehem, PA is listed in the 1000 Places to See before you Die US edition and the Moravian Museum is one of the specific places to visit. And I am quite happy I did visit as I knew nothing about the Moravian before this (or at least don't remember any of it).... More

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Rising Sun, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

If you visit Bethlehem do not miss this! My 3rd visit and finally was able to do this wonderul tour. You will learn all about the Moravians, how they got the name Moravians, where they came from and how they came to be in Bethlehem, their beliefs and influence here. I had wanted to see the inside of the Gemeinhaus... More

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Smithfield, Utah
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Missed this the first time we visited Bethlehem. Will go back again. Don't miss the delightful stroll among the preserved and restored buildings of Historic Bethlehem. The Moravians have done a great job providing a great lesson in history.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We took the "Death and Dying in Early Bethlehem Cemetery Tour" sponsored by the Historic Bethlehem Society and enjoyed it. This is not some silly spooky Halloween thing. We learned actual history of how the Moravian's viewed death and the traditional rituals that were common at the time they settled in Pennsylvania. Kathy dressed in traditional clothing of the era,... More

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New York City, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Paid $12 per person as a package deal with the Kemmerer. The docent gave a terrific tour and overview of the Moravians, their beliefs and influence here. Some of the elderly had difficulting walking up the hill and then the staircase I noticed, but it is just one flight. You can spend about an hour on the tour (happen on... More

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