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National Museum of Industrial History

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Great History of Bethlehem factories

This is a great place to visit if you would like a history of Bethlehem Steel and local factories... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
interesting museum and well done

Enjoyed our visit to this gem of a museum. it is well set up and interesting. Came here on a whim... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Nancy B
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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National Museum of Industrial History
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602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1354
+1 610-694-6644
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great place to visit if you would like a history of Bethlehem Steel and local factories during the steel production period

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Reviewed 27 September 2018

Enjoyed our visit to this gem of a museum. it is well set up and interesting. Came here on a whim and we were glad we did

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 15 September 2018

The museum is a gem. The displays are easy to follow and there was a volunteer standing by to answer any questions we might have. His knowledge base was excellent and he provided a lot of information above and beyond what was displayed

Thank 789mouse
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is a small, well laid-out museum that primarily tells the story of steel production in the area. It currently also showcases machinery from the 1876 Exhibition. The museum also shows machinery used in the silk industry and tells some of the story of bottled...More

Thank Barbarblanc
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

I came here with my 56 year old father, and we were both pleasantly surprised! The exhibits far exceeded our expectations, and we're very up-close. The staff was also very friendly. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in machinery or history!

1  Thank Matt S
Reviewed 8 August 2018

A good visit. Well worth the time if your interested in the steel that made America. It is a small museum, but worth it.

Thank fishdog43
Reviewed 4 August 2018

The Bethlehem Steel experience is one that shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in the history of American industry. The Museum tells the very interesting story of the rise and fall of steel production in the area. I wish we had more time and I...More

Thank kaseysmom
Reviewed 24 July 2018

I waited several years until this museum got up and running. The first time I visited the location it was just get funded. Well, it is finally here and it worth the wait. There are many exhibits and special exhibits. Most of the permanent exhibit...More

Thank Ralph G
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Adjacent to SteelStacks, the Museum is likely to be of limited interest to the average visitor; only those with a strong technological bent are likely to find it of significant interest. Most floor space is occupied by models of Industrial - era machines, interspersed with...More

1  Thank David K
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

I would give this museum 6 stars out of 5 if that were possible with the extra star for one or the most interesting and informative (and enjoyable) guided tours I've ever had! If you have any interest in the history of the history of...More

Thank Daniel B
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19 July 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
it's a good half mile... Then you have to walk back.
27 May 2017|
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Response from HaverfordColl | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. It's a Smithsonian Museum. The group ahead of us got a discount because they were members of the Smithsonian Museum though.
23 August 2016|
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Response from Fred K | Reviewed this property |
I don't think this particular museum would hold a lot of interest for young children. Unless they have an unusual interest in engines and early machinery. None of the machine actually are moving - which I imagine wouldn't... More