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National Museum of Industrial History

602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1390
+1 610-694-6644
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Very Good Museum

We had a very good time. We were lucky that the Making America’s Pastime exhibit was still there... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ryan B
Ne Ohio
Smithsonian in Bethlehem PA

I knew that this museum would have exhibits from the Smithsonian but I was pleasantly surprised... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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National Museum of Industrial History
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1390
+1 610-694-6644
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a very good time. We were lucky that the Making America’s Pastime exhibit was still there. It was nice to see all the components that make a baseball mitt and balls. The silk exhibit was also interesting I did learn the silk worms...More

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I knew that this museum would have exhibits from the Smithsonian but I was pleasantly surprised when there were many items relating to the industry of this area. Silk was a major commodity manufactured here and this museum did an excellent job in showing that,...More

Thank dougandlen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nicely prepared displays and exhibits. Staff was very helpful. Overall though the place was on the small side. The industrial machines on display were very nicely preserved and presented, just seemed a little too static. Exhibit space was kind of limited. Would have liked to...More

Thank S S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum while we were walking around the SteelStacks area and it is a gem. So many of us have never seen the type of machinery used in factories of the past. This is not a huge museum so it is easy to...More

Thank JudyG1227
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had high hopes for this attraction, and they delivered! :) In fact it was even cooler than I imagined. I actually learned quite a few facts that I did not know about a couple of industries. Be sure and hit the button to watch every...More

Thank pobtm
Glenn K, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Industrial History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the great review, we're happy you learned a lot while you were here and enjoyed our exhibits!

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Finally made it in after they have been open for a year. There is a nice variety of exhibits. There are hands on things which keep kids connected. Some of the audio displays were not functioning. The piece of armor plate with the 8" round...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Clean, clear explanations with stunning artifacts of the age of Steel and Iron. A tutorial on the technology going back to the 1800s. Well done. Only disappointment is that it should have been larger, expanding on some subjects. The regional silk business is memorialized with...More

Thank steveplotkin
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Along with two family members, I visited the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) on a Sunday morning in mid-June 2017. The museum is open on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, with closures on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New...More

Thank fluffnfold
Reviewed 9 August 2017

It might be a little hard to find - sometimes the best places are - but you will be well rewarded! Love coming to this place, I learn something new every time! Don't forget to go across the parking lot and visit the Steel Stacks...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 8 August 2017

A very educational museum (there are many models from the Smithsonian) with full sized machines and artifacts from the textile, steel and iron, and propane gas industries. The corliss engine model is fantastic in its detail and worth the visit all by itself. The changing...More

Thank 379glenh
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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.
26 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