Welcome to the Lehigh County Historical Society
The Lehigh County Historical Society is one of the largest historical societies in America. Our new 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.
The Society administers 7 museum sites that date from Colonial America through the Industrial Revolution. Our collection encompasses more than 35,000 historical artifacts, 80,000 vintage photographs, and nearly 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.
Model Trains operate for children:
-Saturday & Sunday December 10-11 12:00 NOON - 4:00 pm
-Saturday & Sunday December 17-18 12:00 NOON - 4:00 pm
-Tuesday-Friday December 20-23 12:00 NOON - 4:00 pm
-Monday-Friday December 26-30 12:00 NOON - 4:00 pm
Please call before coming to ensure model trains are operating.
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Our Archives close at 3:30.
Saturdays: In September we will begin our fall schedule when the library is open two Saturdays per month. Our Archives are closed on Saturdays.
The Library will be OPEN:
Saturday, December 10: 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 observation of Christmas, our Research Library will be closed Friday, December 23rd and will reopen Tuesday, December 27th. The museum galleries will be closed Saturday, December 24th and will reopen with special Monday hours, December 26th from 10 am-4 pm (model trains operating for children 12 NOON-4 pm; please call before coming to ensure model trains are operating.)
In observation of New Years, the entire Heritage Museum, including the galleries and our Research Library will be closed Saturday, December 31 and will reopen Tuesday, January 3.
Museum, Library, and outlying sites are normally closed major holidays.
Admission: $8 adults, $3 children; 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 5 th St. Turn right on 5 th 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.
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