Welcome to the Lehigh County Historical Society
The Lehigh County Historical Society is one of the largest historical societies in America. Our 30,000 square foot headquarters museum The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is a state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility that houses one of the finest historical research libraries in the state of Pennsylvania. The Heritage Museum includes 6 galleries with more than 13,000 square feet of exhibits.
Founded in 1904, the Lehigh County Historical Society is the official county historical society of Lehigh County. The Society administers 7 museum sites that date from Colonial America through the Industrial Revolution. Our collection encompasses more than 35,000 historical artifacts, 120,000 vintage photographs, and 3-million+ documents.
History provides a sense of proportion and perspective in people’s lives. A person’s knowledge of history creates a more balanced and tolerant individual. Visit us today; together we are proving that history matters!
Regular Museum Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Our Archives close at 3:30.
Saturdays: In addition to our normal hours, this fall we will be open on the Saturdays listed below. Our Archives are closed on Saturdays.
The Library will be OPEN:
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Library is closed 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Our Archives are closed on Saturdays.
The Library and Archives are closed Sundays & Mondays.
In case of inclement weather please call 610-435-1074 to be sure we’re open.
The entire Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum including the galleries and Research Library will be closed Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving. The galleries will reopen Friday, November 23. The Research Library will reopen Tuesday, November 27.
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum galleries will be closed for the holidays on Tuesday, December 25, reopening Wednesday, December 26. Museum galleries will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, reopening on Wednesday, January 2.
The Research Libray will be closed for the holidays beginning Tuesday, December 25 and reopen on Wednesday, January 2.
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Research Library, and outlying sites are normally closed major holidays.
Museum & Library Admission: $8 adults, $3 children (2-11); Members FREE
For cars (our lot is not accessible to buses due to narrow side streets; please see below for bus directions): to our parking lot: From US-22 take PA 145 south 1.8 mi. to Walnut St. Turn left on Walnut .2 miles to 5th St. Turn right on 5th St. to the first side street on your left. Turn left into this side street and proceed one block to another side street. Stop to yield right-of-way before crossing this side street. After crossing the side street, you will see 3 small parking lots on either side of the street; you may park in any of these. Street parking is also available.
For buses: to our bus drop-off area: From US-22 take PA 145 south 1.8 mi. to Walnut St. Turn left on Walnut .25 miles to the site at 432 W. Walnut St. You will see a bus pull-out on your right. Your vehicle may be left there while the tour takes place, but we do ask the following:
1. Please shut down the engine as a courtesy to our neighbors.
2. Please remain with your vehicle in case it needs to be moved for another group to drop off. If you are asked to move your vehicle, you may usually find street parking by proceeding down Walnut to 4th St. Turn right on 4th to Martin Luther King. Street parking can usually be found on Martin Luther King.
Photography Policy for Properties Owned by the Lehigh County Historical Society*
Requests for photography or filming must be requested in writing in advance.** Requests will be reviewed by the Chief Curator. Thank you for your cooperation.
*This policy applies at the following sites owned by the Lehigh County Historical Society
· Claussville One-Room School
· Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum & Museum Campus Grounds
· Historic 1770 Trout Hall & Grounds
· Historic 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum Site & Grounds
**Please send your request to:
Jill Youngken, Chief Curator/Assistant Director
Lehigh County Historical Society
432 W Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18102
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