Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

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Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Part of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, this museum focuses on the life of the region's early German Protestant settlers.
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dolls111
Philadelphia, PA424 contributions
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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 in the same community house. Emphasis on hard work, religion and education. Buildings are wonderful just for the architecture. large church and other buildings on the grounds along with a graveyard. Fee is $12 to tour but well worth it. Small gift shop on grounds. Easy parking with access to main street in Bethlehem. Open Friday, Sat and Sunday. Hours are 11-4:00pm
Written May 19, 2014
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,128 contributions
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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). It was a delightful tour with an array of artifacts to see, but the best thing was the story of the people themselves and how they came to be in Pennsylvania. So go if you are in the area it is well worth the time and money.
Written March 3, 2014
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Mary H
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My husband and I spent a few days after Christmas visiting the beautiful historic town of Bethlehem, PA. One of the highlights of our trip was the tour of the Moravian Museum . If you visit, you must make this tour a priority. Our tour guide Madeline was delightful. She was a wealth of information and we learned all about the fascinating history of the towns founding and the lives of its first inhabitants. Madeline really brought history to life as she led us from room to room describing the purpose for each room and how the inhabitants would have lived their daily lives as well as describing their unusual living arrangements. She also led us on a tour of the fire station and the single woman's building across from the main building. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Madeline and the lovely tour she provided us! Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you go. They have a small but interesting assortment of items pertaining to the history of the house and you'll want to take time to pick some items out to take home with you. The young man working in the gift shop was quite helpful and completely charming.
Written January 6, 2017
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dlb620
Rising Sun, MD79 contributions
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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 from the first time I saw it. I was not disappointed at all. $12 is the fee and you get admission to more than just this house.
Written November 13, 2013
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Cynthia P
Virginia52 contributions
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As a Moravian who grew up in Bethlehem, I was still fascinated on this tour and learned a few things. I was with a group of writers on a conference tour and we asked our guide lots of questions. She patiently answered every one, and shared about the Moravian community, including how women were educated alongside men. We all enjoyed learning how the Moravians founded and settled Bethlehem. Learning about their enterprising ways and hearing about their spirit was inspiring. This tour is worth scheduling!
Written September 26, 2018
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Neal L
Alexandria, MN112 contributions
Couples
My wife and I had a limited amount of time while passing through on our way to the airport. We stopped at the Information center and they recommended this tour if it was the one thing that we had time to do. It was time well spent. The guided tour last about 60 minutes but can be extended to the grounds as well. The tour guide was exceptional!. She gave a brief overview of the Moravians and how they came to be the founding fathers of the City of Bethlehem. Very interesting history.
Written August 26, 2018
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ScenicTrek
New Jersey1,923 contributions
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If you are visiting Bethlehem, the Moravian Museum should be on your must-see list. Given the fact that the city was founded by Moravians and is richly steeped in their heritage, it seems only appropriate to learn about them while you are there. The museum is located in the historic district on the corner of Main and W. Church Streets, across and just down the street from the Hotel Bethlehem.

The tour winds its way through the Gemeinhaus, which was the community house where 80 or so Moravians lived and worshipped. You get to see 8-10 rooms containing various artifacts. Specific rooms include the community room, the doctor’s “office” (containing original apothecary jars), the musical instruments room (including the very rare and unusual serpentine horn), the “school” room, and the fire engine room. You will see furniture, clothing, beds, cookware, dishware, and tools.

The tour involves going up one fairly steep flight of stairs at the very beginning and then down again at the end. It is definitely not handicapped accessible. The tour lasts 50-55 minutes. The only places you can sit down during the tour are the first room (which has only two chairs) and the community room (which has enough benches for dozens of people). Since these are the first two rooms you will see, be prepared to stand for most of the tour. I can’t remember for sure if there is a public bathroom on site. I vaguely recall from past visits there being a one-person bathroom across the hall from the visitor’s desk, but since I had no need for it this time around I cannot confirm its existence. Plan accordingly.

Tours start on the hour. The cost is $12 for adults, but bear in mind that this “Pass Into History” ticket also gives you admission to one other Bethlehem museum / historic site. You can also buy tickets for admission to three or four sites. Tickets can be purchased at the museum itself or at the Visitor Center on Main Street.

The Single Sisters’ House, which is part of the Moravian Museum complex and which was only fairly recently opened to the public, has a very limited number of things to see. When I visited there on December 13, 2014, there were only three rooms to see, containing just a Christmas tree and several putz displays (miniature villages or Christmas scenes). Perhaps there will be more to see in time, but at this point I found that site unexciting. You won’t miss much if you skip it.

I would also recommend that you look around the larger building complex (behind the museum) wherein the Moravian Museum is situated. There are a number of colonial-style buildings accompanied by several lampposts, trees, and shrubs. The area is very picturesque and has been the subject of many paintings and photos. If you are there in the evening you will see these buildings lit up with candles in all the windows.
Written December 30, 2014
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Jerry G
New York City, NY61 contributions
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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.
Written April 18, 2014
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ontheroad24601
New York City, NY94 contributions
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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, gave us a short background about their migration, then explained such things as the Death Tray and Corpse House. She walked us to the nearby cemetery and taught us how is was laid out and why, and provided actual history of some of the people buried there. We found it to be both educational and enjoyable.
Written September 23, 2013
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Reen75
Pennsylvania94 contributions
Let me say upfront that I am a volunteer docent at this museum (so obviously, I think am a big fan of this fascinating museum).

I wanted to clarify the comments made by the previous reviewer. The Moravian Museum provides (roughly) 45-minuite guided tours from April to December with the exception of the Christmas season (which is when the previous reviewer paid us a visit). Because of the large number of tourists during the Christmas season, the museum provides a 15-minute overview during this time period and then guests tour the rest of the museum on their own making use of the information sheets in each room.

I am glad that the reviewer previously enjoyed the detailed tours and am happy to reassure everyone that those tours continue for most of the year.
Written July 13, 2011
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Moravian Museum of Bethlehem is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM