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Explore the City Through Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

The Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. also known as Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 that serves to protect and maintain local museums and historic sites. Among the 20 historical sites and buildings maintained by the HBMS are the 1748/1848 Burnside Plantation, The Colonial Industrial Quarter, The 1810 Goundie House, and more.

A Smithsonian Affiliate member, HBMS is among 180 affiliates which also grants members of HBMS to purchase a Smithsonian Membership for a fraction of the cost. Members of the HBMS allows you to help care for local 18th century buildings, help develop online and in-person events, and support their expansive library and artifact collections. For more information about becoming an HBMS member, visit their website here.

Year round, HBMS offers different events and activities for families and history buffs alike. Beginning in April, visitors will be able to visit the Burnside Plantation each Saturday to learn more about the plantation’s history, meet the gardeners that maintain the property, take a tour of the plantation, and participate in kid’s crafts and activities.

Returning Saturday, April 10 2021, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts will be open to the public and hold free family events each Sunday.

At The Smithy, you can sign up for colonial-style blacksmithing classes. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced learner, they offer both regular and private classes to fit your experience level.

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During the Christmas season, HBMS also offers a Christmas City Stroll, Horse-Drawn Carriage rides throughout downtown Bethlehem, and guided group tours throughout Bethlehem’s Christmas city where you can explore the sights and sounds of the National Historic Landmark District of Historic Moravian Bethlehem.

For more information on Historical Bethlehem Museums & Sites, events, and tours visit historicbethlehem.org.