NMIH’s vision is to develop a premiere history Museum which will tell the story of America’s industrial achievements and the accomplishments of its workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The mission of the National Museum of Industrial History, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, is to forge a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow.

In doing so, we will:
• Inspire tomorrow’s inventors and achievers
• Showcase the global contributions of America’s industrial innovators
• Educate audiences about the transformation of America from an agrarian society to an industrial giant
• Work with public, private, and non-profit partners to attract local, regional, and national visitors to explore America’s and the Lehigh Valley’s industrial roots