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Checking In? Bethlehem’s Alluring Accommodations

Explore Bethlehem's long hospitality legacy with this multi-site exhibition!

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11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

All Site Hours

Checking In? Bethlehem’s Alluring Accommodations Overview

Checking In? Bethlehem’s Alluring Accommodations unveils the city’s long hospitality legacy. Starting with the First House in Bethlehem, guests will explore iconic establishments like the Crown Inn, Sun Inn, and Golden Eagle Hotel, and learn about some of Bethlehem’s most famous visitors!

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This show is made possible, in part, through generous support from our Presenting Sponsor Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

This show runs from June 1, 2024 through January 26, 2025.

Journey Through Bethlehem’s Alluring Accommodations

Starting June 1, be among the first to see this amazing new exhibition!

Indian Hotel Checking In Exhibit
Indian House on the West Bank of the Monocacy near Bethlehem, Pa. -MHS0831 from the collection of the Moravian Historical Society

Guests will “check-in” at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem where they’ll find themselves transported back nearly three-hundred years to the fictional Moravian Inn. Here, guests will interact with Moravian settlers in the Gasthaus and earn their keep by performing several tasks.

Moving to the guestrooms, guests will learn about the different types of visitors to Bethlehem, and how they were welcomed based on their religious background. Guests will be amazed to learn they are walking in the footsteps of many famous visitors to Bethlehem when they view our wall of fame.

Tiffany Punchbowl Checking In Exhibition
Tiffany Punchbowl, gifted to Charles Schwab by the Board of Directors of Bethlehem Steel. Charles Schwab had design input in the construction of Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

The journey continues at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts where guests will find themselves transported to Bethlehem circa 1870 when the Eagle Hotel was in its prime. Here, guests will learn about the ways hotels created a sense of grandeur and explore late-nineteenth-century style, accessories, and culture. Guests will also learn about the rise of the Bethlehem bed and breakfast, and at-home hospitality.

As the decades rush by, guests will be invited to the newly built Historic Hotel Bethlehem, where they’ll attend an extravagant Roaring Twenties-style wedding in the ballroom. In the very next room, guests will be astounded to learn that in Prohibition era, poker games and gangsters were a common sight in many a Bethlehem hotel room. Guests can even play Frankie “Pretty Boy” Carbone in a high-stakes game of poker. Finally, guests will visit The Blind Tiger – the Kemerer’s very own speakeasy! Be sure to remember the secret password “Annie”, but make sure you don’t draw any attention to yourself – we don’t want any visits from the coppers!

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Note: Admission can also be purchased to each site individually.

Note: Custom Tours outside of museum open hours incur additional fees. If you are interested in a Custom Tour, book yours today!

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