Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 1810 Goundie House, and 1750 Smithy Join Smithsonian magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live!

Sep 15th, 2015Press Release from Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

BETHLEHEM, PA – The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 1810 Goundie House, and 1750 Smithy will open their doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

At the 1810 Goundie House, guests will learn about the history of brewing in Bethlehem through four custom-designed experiences: The Goundie Experience, From Grain to Glass, Bethlehem Brews Beer, and Women in Brewing. Guest curator and beer historian Chris Bowen illustrates the life of Johann Sebastian Goundie, a prominent man in early 19th-century Bethlehem and one of the community’s first brewers. Explore the stories of early and modern breweries in Bethlehem, many of which are no longer standing.

While visiting the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts,  guests will glide into the future on an 1880s airship and explore a world of romance and adventure. This exhibition features contemporary art of the Steampunk movement, and antiques behind their inspiration. Steampunk is today’s science  fiction vision of the future as seen through a Victorian era looking glass. A small subculture of fine arts, film, fashion and craft has grown into a global movement, celebrated at festivals and in blockbuster films. Similar to Victorian eclectic style, Steampunk may include references to later periods such as the 1920s Golden Age or the Space Age of the late 1950s.

The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem features a collection of Moravian artifacts that help guests to generate accurate ideas of how Moravians used to live in Bethlehem.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket is now available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history.  Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation’s earliest settlers, America’s first municipal water pumping system, and one of the world’s greatest industrial companies.  Historic Bethlehem is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, only a 1.5 hour drive from Philadelphia to the north and 2 hours west of New York City.  Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a National Historic Landmark District. For more information, please call 1-800-360-TOUR or visit

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Contact: Anne Muscarella, High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine

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