National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem

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The National Museum of Industrial History (abbreviated NMIH), housed in the former facility of Bethlehem Steel, is a museum affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution that seeks to preserve, educate, and display the industrial history of the nation. It holds a collection of artifacts from the textile, steel and iron, and propane gas industries. The NMIH holds a significant collection of industrial machinery on loan from the Institute's National Museum of American History. The museum also has a large collection of documents, machinery, photographs, and other archival material from Bethlehem Steel.
The museum made its debut in August 2016 with the goal to "forge a connection between America's industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow". The $7.5 million museum has four exhibitions each focusing on a different aspect of industrial history that affected both Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. The museum showcases the nation's industrial past by highlighting the machinery and the lives of workers at that time period.
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  • Had a Excellent Tour given by “John Cook”. The Corliss Came Alive on 9/11/21 the Day of our Tour. Was cool to see this Monster Running. By the End of our Tour John explained how steel is produced...  more »
  • I had a fabulous time, the staff is very friendly and the museum has the perfect layout for a 1-2 hour visit. As a fan of old time power and hit and miss engine era technology, this place was heaven.....  more »
  • This museum and the complex as a whole are a truly special place. As a fanatic of all things industrial, it is a dream come true to walk around monumental machinery and just be in the place where the industry was booming once. I recommend going there for at least a few hours and devote as much time to the museum exhibitions as possible. I hope to visit again soon! Outstanding work and huge thanks to the people that created this project.
  • This is a really cool little museum if your into early machines. We were in the area to see Bethlehem Steel Works, and this museum is set up in the Works old electrical shop buildings. The staff were friendly and helpful, and gave us a little introduction to the museum before we went in. It's great little place to stop in if you're in the area and looking for something to do. I'm glad to see that people are working on preserving the Bethlehem Steel site, and I'm happy to stop by and pay the $12 to get in. Thank you guys.

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