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January 2020

Art of Precision: The Engineered Sculpture of Christopher Bathgate

January 11 - May 31

Art of Precision: The Engineered Sculpture of Christopher Bathgate January 11 - May 31, 2020 From wood turning and metal work to glassblowing and ceramics, industrial processes have always found their way into the production of fine art. NMIH is pleased to exhibit the selected works of Chris Bathgate, a self-trained machinist employing handmade tools, automated CNC milling machines and metal lathes to create complex artistic expressions inspired by industry. Playing with the tension between aesthetic vs utility, form vs…

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Anthracite Workers Today: A Lifetime Calling

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Australian native Dane Rhys will illustrate his recent journeys into the modern anthracite coal industry.

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February 2020

Charter Arts Creativity Fair

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What is creativity? Join the Charter Arts Production Arts Department as they explore the concepts of the creative process and invite the public to participate in the experiment.  The Creativity Fair will be open to the public at NMIH from 6pm to 8pm a with suggested donation and will be on display for throughout the weekend on regular museum hours (10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday).

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Family TinkerTime for All Ages

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will learn and experiment with the concepts of industrial innovation while working through the creative process. Join us in our efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators!

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How It Works: How Precise Can You Get?

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$5

In this special tour and hands-on demonstration, visitors will go on a guided walk through the Centennial Gallery to learn the intricacies of the machine tools on display, then move on to try their hand at creating a precision surface the same way that machinery builders have for generations. Guests will use a power hacksaw to cut a piece of metal, then place it on a granite surface plate to assess how flat it it. Using blue dye, files, and…

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March 2020

Girl Scout Program: International Women’s Day

March 7 @ 10:00 am - March 8 @ 5:00 pm

The National Museum of Industrial History is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage throughout the month of March by unearthing the stories of women inventors in our collection. Opening weekend, March 7-8, will bring to life the changemakers of our past through live interpretation, and celebrate local women leaders of the Lehigh Valley with hands-on activities, performances, and story times throughout the day. Girl Scouts can follow a museum curated activity sheet and receive a Women’s History Month fun…

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Family TinkerTime for All Ages

March 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will learn and experiment with the concepts of industrial innovation while working through the creative process. Join us in our efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators!

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Girl Scout Program: Rosie the Riveter Day

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brownies (2nd and 3rd) Rosie Day will be celebrated at The National Museum of Industrial History on March 21st as part of our month-long commitment to unearthing the stories of women inventors in our collection. Inspired by the women inventors of our past, Girl Scouts will put on their own inventor’s hats and discover how the inventing process works. Together we will consider real world problems, experiment with solutions, and get creative designing solutions. Completion of the Girl Scout activity…

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June 2020

Girl Scout Program: Playing the Past at World’s Fair Weekend

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

June 13th & 14th, 2020 10-11AM Juniors (4th and 5th) Get ready to be transported back in time to 1876 at the National Museum of Industrial History’s World’s Fair Weekend, an exciting time for women to showcase their creative talents, industrial capabilities, and overall ingenuity!! Become an exhibitor in the Women’s Pavilion, learn about the first woman engineer, or join Susan B. Anthony as a women’s rights activist. Girl Scouts will use artifacts in the museum as inspiration to learn…

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Girl Scout Program: Think Like an Engineer at World’s Fair Weekend

June 13 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

June 13th & 14th, 2020 11:30-1 & 2-3:30 Pre- K-12 Come experience the 1876 Centennial Exposition! The first United States World’s Fair where innovations in science and technology changed our country from an agrarian society to an industrial landmark. This event will feature Centennial related displays, Victorian crafts and games, food, and historical characters brought to life! Inspired by the inventors of our past, Girl Scouts will take invention into their own hands by tackling 3 design challenges, through the…

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