Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum
The Lehigh County Historical Society’s home is located within the 30,000-square foot Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. The modern space offers six galleries with 15,000 square feet of both permanent and rotating exhibits including the National Penn Bank Historical Exhibit Gallery which details life before the European settlement to the present.
During your visit, you’ll learn how the threads of local history formed the tapestry of American life. You’ll also discover how Lehigh Valley industries, hospitals, and warehouses helped General George Washington defeat the British. Take a step back in time as you explore how local iron built America’s railroads and how Lehigh Valley cement built iconic American structures.
The Heritage Museum also houses one of the finest research libraries in the state of Pennsylvania, filled with rare documents and historical records for the genealogist and scholar alike. The Scott Andrew Trexler II Research Library & Archives is the perfect facility to do your research with skilled staff to assist with your requests.
If you’re in need of a piece of history for the person that has everything, be sure to check out the gift shop for a wide variety of books, old-fashioned toys, and so much more.
Hours, Directions, & Additional Information:
The Museum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12noon to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays. The Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check their website for Saturday hours, which fluctuate. Note: The Archives close at 3:30 p.m.
Metered street parking is available. You will also find three small parking lots on either side of the street that you may utilize.
Most of the historic sites are open by appointment only or on a limited basis. Be sure to visit their website for additional information. Outreach programs are available year-round with programs ranging from 45 minutes to an hour. Topics include:
- The Underground Railroad
- Pennsylvania German Life
- Hess’s Department Store
- The History of Dorney Park
- The American Presidents, and more!
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