The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum's permanent exhibit explores the Lehigh Valley's history from the time before European settlement to the present in exciting and innovative ways. From the Lenni Lenape, through the settlement of the Pennsylvania Germans, to the development of nationally important industries such as iron, cement and silk, and into the present, this exhibit will introduce you to the valley's rich history. Come learn about what has made the region unique as well as the ways in our area has participated in broader state, national, and international events. Watch for exciting upcoming exhibit upgrades about our diverse, multicultural community sponsored in part by a Community Partnership grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.
The Heritage Museum includes both permanent and rotating exhibit galleries featuring historical artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Society's collection. The KNBT Historical Exhibit Gallery focuses on Lehigh County history from the earliest Native American inhabitants to the German settlers of the 1700s through the Industrial Revolution to mercantile and wartime accounts from the 20th century, leading to a reflection of our modern society.
Exhibit: “Energy Past & Present: Creating, Consuming & Conserving”
Through simple, fun, hands-on activities, visitors learn about the role of energy in their lives and discover how easy it is to reduce energy use at home. Sponsored in part by PPL.
Exhibit: “The American Revolution”
This exhibit explores how the American Revolution was fought on the battlefield and in the hearts of people in the Lehigh Valley and across the land. Sponsored in part by grants from the Charles H. Hoch Foundation, County of Lehigh, Holt Family Foundation, Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation, Keystone Nazareth Charitable Foundation, Rider-Pool Foundation, and Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.
Exhibit: “Stories of WWI”
Discover how America became involved in WWI and how the Lehigh Valley contributed to Allied victory. This was one of the deadliest wars in modern history, with implications so profound they reverberate around the world to this day. Exhibit & related events sponsored in part by the Charles H. Hoch Foundation.
Exhibit "JFK Returns to the Lehigh Valley"
Explore John F. Kennedy’s campaign visit to the Lehigh Valley and discover how his legacy inspires us today. This exhibit and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by grants from the Keystone Savings Foundation, the County of Lehigh, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Trust.
Exhibit: “Pennsylvania Dutch Impact Across America”
Explore how Pennsylvania Dutch influence travelled with them across the nation. The exhibit and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by grants from the Keystone Savings Foundation, the Rider Pool Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Trust.