Lehigh Valley, PA – On Sunday, November 26, 2023, more than 2,100 museums representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 25 countries, and five continents will celebrate Museum Store Sunday, and offer unique gifts for the holiday season. In the Lehigh Valley, the National Canal Museum, the Sigal Museum, and the National Museum of Industrial History are all participating, with every purchase supporting their missions and programs as well as the artisans and craftspeople who create many of the gifts found in their museum stores.
At the National Canal Museum along the Lehigh Canal in Easton, there is a wide array of unusual gifts in its store, including items made specially for the museum by local crafters. All merchandise will be 10% off during the event (20% off for members of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor). For every purchase made at the event, the purchaser will receive a free gift – either a canal-themed print or, for purchases of $25 or more, a copy of the book Stone Coal Way. Refreshments will also be served, including samples of Boilo, an historic Coal Country drink (non-alcoholic version). The National Canal Museum and its store will be open 11:30am to 3:00pm. Directions and additional information can be found at canals.org
The Sigal Museum Store in downtown Easton is overflowing with gift ideas for the holidays! Items for sale include a selection of local artist made and designed clothing, local history books, mugs, and old-fashioned toys and stocking stuffers. Visit the shop on Museum Store Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm for a 10% discount (20% for NCHGS members). Proceeds benefit the education and preservation efforts of Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society. Visit sigalmuseum.org for more information.
The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem has a diverse selection including books for all ages, handcrafted items, jewelry, apparel, art, and unique items that reflect our rich local and national industrial heritage as well as a wide variety of Bethlehem Steel themed gifts. All purchases made in the museum’s on-site gift shop will receive a 10% discount (20% for National Museum of Industrial History members) during regular operating hours, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit nmih.org for details.
Organized by the nonprofit Museum Store Association, shoppers can look forward to Museum Store Sunday as the global annual day to Be a Patron – and support museum stores and their missions worldwide. While there is only one Museum Store Sunday each year, everyone is encouraged to Be a Patron of museums and museum stores all year round.
For more information, please contact:
Gianna Caruso Megan Pildis
Communications Coordinator Director of Development
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor National Museum of Industrial History
610.923.3548 ext. 224 610.694.6636
Megan van Ravenswaay
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society
610.253.1222 ext. 11