Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
Explore three centuries of style and design treasures at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. Here, you can gaze at the petite wonders of one of the largest antique dollhouse collections in the country. Exquisite paintings, furniture, china, glassware, silver, and other historic artifacts are on display in Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated to the decorative arts.
This museum is the passionate expression of its founder, local collector Annie S. Kemerer, and her love of beautiful objects. Exquisite Bohemian glass, fine needlework, tall case clocks, dolls, cast-iron toys, and landscape paintings are just some of the items exhibited here.
In 2006, the Kemerer Museum received the bequest of The Elizabeth Johnston Prime Dollhouse and Toy Collection. This world-renowned collection features 50 different types of structures including dollhouses, stores, safari scenes, room boxes, cupboard houses, stables, zoo buildings, and forts, plus thousands of furnishings, dolls, and figures to accompany them. The objects date from the 1830s to the 1930s and are primarily from Germany, England, Great Britain, and the United States.
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1-44 p.m. Tours are held every hour. The last tour is at 3 p.m. If you are visiting Bethlehem mid-week, the museum is open by appointment only and plans must be made by calling Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites at 1-800-360-TOUR at least 48 hours in advance.
Admission Price: One-site Museum Pass is $10 for adults and $9 for children. If you want to visit some of the other museums, you can purchase a Multi-Site Museum Pass for $20 for adults and $12 for children. Under age 3 are free. Children pricing is for ages 4 - 17. Purchase your Museum Pass at the Historic Bethlehem Visitors Center.
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About the Exhibit - Art At Home | April 8 - January 31, 2022
Throughout 28 years of the Holiday Dinner and Art Auction, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has introduced more than 600+ works of art from local artists into homes across the region and country, and a few works have even found residence in other countries.
On view this spring, Art At Home celebrates the safe reopening of the Kemerer Museum of the Decorative Arts and explores a personal connection between artwork and the home. The exhibition features artworks on loan from private collections and spotlights of the local artists who loaned their time and talents in support of HBMS' mission. Proceeds from all artworks purchased through HBMS go directly toward the care and preservation of our 20 historic buildings and sites.
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- Description Art, textiles, and history create a memorable ambiance for an intimate affair or social gathering. The Kemerer Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination sure to fascinate your discerning guests! Ideal for anything from a small wedding to a corporate retreat, the Kemerer Museum offers three distinct locations to accommodate a variety of capacities and layouts.
- Reception Capacity 70
- Space Notes Museum and Garden: 100 guests First Floor: 60 – 80 for a seated reception Second Floor: 60 – 80 for a seated Reception Chapel Garden: 55 standing or 27 sitting Cocktail Garden: 77 standing or 38 sitting
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- Off-site Catering Allowed
- Outdoor Banquet Space
- Number of Rooms 5