National Museum of Industrial History


Through the stories of people, machines, and ideas, the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) forges a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today by exploring the role of industry in American’s growth as a global power. Learn about the history of Bethlehem Steel, peak into the life of a Lehigh Valley textile worker, or take a ride in a virtual hot air balloon. The Museum is a fun activity for groups of all ages with interactive elements throughout the exhibits.

NMIH is a Smithsonian Affiliate set in a 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield redevelopment site in America. Just a short walk away from the Wind Creek Bethlehem (formerly Sands® Bethlehem) and the ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™, NMIH is available to host your next cocktail reception, conference, board meeting, client reception, networking event, or team-building activity. From the conference-ready Education Center equipped with full A/V and telecom capabilities to the lobby area, gallery space, and outdoor plaza, a unique and engaging backdrop is provided for your next meeting or special event.

Education Center/Meeting Room

The museum’s education center is a fully equipped with an A/V equipment including a sound system, projector, and rectractable screen. This 1,350 square foot space can accommodate 100 people in a classroom setting and 75 people in a cocktail party setting.

Museum Lobby

The museum’s 2,100 square foot lobby features the capacity for a 100 person seated dinner or 250 person cocktail event. Rental of this space allows attendees access to the entire museum’s 18,000 square feet of galleries.

Museum Outdoor Plaza

The museum’s outdoor plaza has a view of the beautiful SteelStacks and allows for a 60 person seated dinner or a 100 person cocktail event.

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Meeting Facilities

Facility Info
  • Total Sq. Ft. 18000
  • Audio / Visual
  • Off-site Catering Allowed
  • Number of Rooms 1
Education Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1350
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Museum Lobby
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2100
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Outdoor Plaza
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 100


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