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Creating a World-Class Visitor Experience

Visitor Center Hours

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

All Site Hours

Help us create an outstanding visitor experience at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. We need your support to improve visitor amenities, expand historical interpretation and programs, and increase visitor capacity. We especially look forward to interactive exhibits that will further our storytelling to serve a new generation of visitors and those who speak other languages.

Illuminating our Colonial History

To create a world-class visitor experience in the Colonial Industrial Quarter (CIQ), we plan to replace exterior interpretive signage to provide a visitors with an entry point to the history of the CIQ. We will install new landscaping and replace the existing stairs and pathways.  Finally, replacing the exterior lighting and illuminating the buildings and ruins will create a striking entrance to the Historic District from the Hill-to-Hill Bridge (378 North) and enhance the visual appeal of the CIQ after dark. 

Shining a Light on the Hidden Gems

The 1762 Waterworks, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and an American Water Landmark, was the first pumped municipal water system in America. The Nain-Schober House is the only extant 18th century building that was built by and lived in by Native Peoples in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Single Sisters House had dormitories, a chapel, a dining room, a kitchen, and work areas for handicrafts.  Today, these buildings are open to visitors rarely and are only partially interpreted. The Taking the World Stage Capital Campaign will provide funding to interpret these sites and to have them open more frequently.  Help us bring the National Historic District to life!

Interior workings of the Waterworks

21st Century Visitor Center

We are transforming the 1810 Goundie House/Visitor Center complex on Main Street into an Experience Center. Visitors will be able to tour the 1810 Goundie House, built by Moravian town brewer and businessman, John Sebastian Goundie, and learn about the historical significance of the two buildings that currently make up our Visitor Center.

Ways to Give

Gifts of Cash

Gifts of cash may be made over a period of time or as a one-time gift. A schedule of pledge payments may be arranged according to your needs.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of Appreciated Securities may provide additional tax advantages. Generally, an income-tax deduction may be taken for the full fair market value of gifted property.  

The IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA Charitable Rollover allows you, once you have reached the age of 72 to donate up to $100,000 within each tax year directly from your Individual Retirement Account without treating the distribution as taxable income.

Estate Gifts

Estate gifts are another way to make a gift. One of the easiest ways to do this is by naming Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement fund. You may also plan a gift by bequest in your will or other written estate plan.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute gifts may be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. We will work with you to acknowledge your gift in a way that is meaningful to you.

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