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Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites offers exciting, relevant, educational, and hands-on programs for students all linked to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s standards.

Bring your students to visit …

  • The Gemeinhaus, the oldest building in Bethlehem
  • The Burnside farm to churn butter and spin yarn
  • The former Bethlehem Steel site and blast furnaces

Program prices range from $10-$15 per student.

To book a program or to design an event that fits your needs, contact Manager of Programs & Volunteers Charlotte Filiciotto cfiliciotto@historicbethlehem.org.

Reach out to us today. We look forward to working with you and your students.

Education Programs

All of our on-site educational programs are EITC approved.

A Century at Burnside Plantation – 1748-1848 Burnside Plantation

Burnside Plantation: 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Step into the shoes of a colonial farmer at Burnside Plantation. Students will engage with history when they build a barn, operate our high horsepower wheel, and learn how food travels from the farm to the kitchen table. Make history come alive with hands-on learning at Burnside!

Handmade in the Eighteenth Century – Colonial Industrial Quarter

The Colonial Industrial Quarter: 459 Old York Road, Bethlehem PA 18018

Kids activities for school tours - Community Day 2016 - Handmade in the 18th Century

Keep both hands and minds active at the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Students explore colonial trades such as tanning, weaving, and metalsmithing, while learning about the industries that flourished in early Moravian Bethlehem.

Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel

Tour starts at 711 First St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel School Tour

Learn how steel built America. Students explore how the Industrial Revolution shaped life, and our society through changing technology. Students also discover how Bethlehem Steel helped to change our country and the world.

America’s First Industries

The Colonial Industrial Quarter: 459 Old York Road, Bethlehem PA 18018

School Tours - America's First Industries - Little Girl using pipettes and beakers, STEM

This program highlights the advanced industry of colonial Bethlehem through a variety of hands-on activities aligned with STEM education, as well as tours of the historic buildings in the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Students use inquiry skills to explore for themselves the scientific and technological achievements of early Bethlehem.

Museum Visits

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

66 W. Church Street, Bethlehem PA 18018

Students on a school tour visit to the Moravian Museum

Visit the oldest building in Bethlehem and National Historic Landmark – the 1741 Gemeinhaus – to learn more about the rich history of Bethlehem and its Moravian founders. This tour allows students to learn how ideas and values in early Bethlehem influence the city today.

Can’t make it out to our historic sites? Invite us into your classroom with one of our Virtual Programs, for an historic encounter.

Remote learning opportunities

In addition to on-site school tours at our museums and sites, HBMS offers remote learning opportunities that can be completed entirely remotely or complement an in-person visit!

Century at Burnside

This virtual learning program allows students to discover various aspects of life on a colonial farm, from work in the house, to the building of a barn, to work-saving farming technology, and much more! Students will explore various topics through video lessons, safely modified hands-on activities, and many other interactive elements.

  • Aligns with PA Common Core standards for Grades 2-5
  • Integrates academic standards for STEM education themes and concepts
  • Learn about life on a colonial farm – work in the house, building of a barn, farming technology, and more!
  • Video lessons with a costumed museum educator
  • Safely modified hands-on activities
  • 5-6 hours of classroom material to offer flexible learning opportunities
  • Complements in-person Century at Burnside programming
  • Cost is $7 per student

Voices of America: The Bethlehem Steel Story

Students are guided from early industry in Bethlehem through the closure and revitalization of the Bethlehem Steel site, as they learn about the impact of the steel industry on local, national, and international scale with this distance learning digital resource. This resource offered by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and the National Museum of Industrial History allows classrooms to discover local industries throughout Bethlehem’s history and learn how those industries, such as Bethlehem Steel, helped the city become an important industrial community. Expand your classroom’s learning experience by adding on one of our interactive video workshop options to learn more from a museum expert.

  • Aligns with PA Common Core standards for Grades 3-5
  • STEM aligned activities allow students to better understand science and technology principles
  • Learn about 20th-century giant, Bethlehem Steel, and the impact of the steel industry on Bethlehem and the nation
  • Partnered with National Museum of Industrial History to create an in-depth learning experience
  • Safely modified hands-on activities

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