Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Unveils April 2024 Events

Events include “April in Paris,” spring historic tours, and the final month of “Unspun: Stories of Silk” exhibition.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (April 4, 2024) Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites (HBMS) announced its lineup of activities and events during April 2024, including “April in Paris,” and six historic tours: Old Bethlehem Walking Tour; Moravian Stories Tour; Family Walking Tour; Family Museum Tour; John Adams Walking Tour; and Colonial Industrial Quarter Walking Tour. This month is also the last chance to experience HBMS’s “Unspun: Stories of Silk” exhibition, which concludes on April 28.

“As we welcome the blooming beauty of April, HBMS is thrilled to unveil an exciting lineup of events that celebrate our rich industrial heritage and offer engaging experiences for visitors of all ages,” said LoriAnn Wukitsch, HBMS’s president and CEO. “In addition to exciting new events, April is the last month to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of silk with our ‘Unspun: Stories of Silk’ exhibition, commemorating the Lehigh Valley’s silk industry legacy and its profound impact on fashion and global trade.”

HBMS partners with Marché Maison for an annual shopping event, “April in Paris,” which features vintage products hand-selected by Michelle Olson, owner of Marché Maison, during her travels in Paris. This year’s event is on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and will feature cocktails, a live accordionist and a pop-up vintage Chanel fashion exhibit with items on loan from Laura Bennet Shelton.

April 28 is also the last day of HBMS’s “Unspun: Stories of Silk” exhibition, which details Lehigh Valley’s rise in the silk industry, and the fabric’s impact on fashion and the global marketplace.

During the month of April, HBMS is hosting six regularly scheduled historic tours: Old Bethlehem Walking Tour; Moravian Stories Tour; and two family-friendly “What About the Kids?” tours – a walking tour and a tour of the Moravian Museum.

A certified guide leads the Old Bethlehem Walking Tour in period dress and shares the 275-year history of Bethlehem’s unique beginnings since 1741. The Moravian Stories Tour recounts the story behind Bethlehem’s founders, the Moravians. The tour delves into what made the Moravian community unique and how the historic buildings reflect the Moravian’s daily lives.

The John Adams Walking Tour explores Bethlehem’s role in the American Revolution and what the second president of the United States had to say about the city in 1777. The Colonial Industrial Quarter Walking Tour takes visitors to the country’s first industrial park to discover how the early Moravians established the largest concentration of crafts and trades in the American Colonies.

HBMS offers family-friendly tours: a Family Walking Tour and a Family Museum Tour. Both feature activities for children two and up, including games and arts and crafts.

The following tours are regularly scheduled on weekends:

  • Fridays
    • 1 p.m. – Old Bethlehem Walking Tour
    • 3 p.m. – Moravian Stories
  • Saturdays
    • 11 a.m. – Family Walking Tour
    • 1 p.m. – Old Bethlehem Walking Tour
    • 3 p.m. – John Adams Walking Tour
  • Sundays
    • 1 p.m. – Old Bethlehem Walking Tour
    • 2 p.m. – Family Museum Tour
    • 3 p.m. – Colonial Industrial Quarter Walking Tour

Interested visitors can book custom or group tours on dates not on the calendar through HBMS’s website at www.historicbethlehem.org/visit-us/group-tours.



Historic Bethlehem Museums & 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-hour drive from Philadelphia to the North and 2 hours west of New York City. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and part of Historic Moravian Bethlehem, which is a National Historic Landmark District and candidate for possible nomination to the World Heritage List. For more information, visit historicbethlehem.org



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Amiee Goldy