With individuals and families across the nation practicing social distancing and self-quarantine, NMIH is taking its mission of educating the public about America’s industrial past and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow online.

Below you will find a list of live online lectures and presentations being streamed through Facebook Live featuring staff from Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, rare looks inside Martin Tower prior to its implosion from NMIH’s staff photographer, and a fascinating and timely look at how the 1918 influenza pandemic affected Bethlehem Steel and industrial manufacturing. We’ll also be hosting ‘industrial story time’ featuring award-winning and New York Times bestselling children’s books focused on industry and architecture. Please check back as we continue to add live programming throughout the museum’s closure. Virtual patrons can also take a 360 degree tour of the entire museum on Google Maps, a service donated by Bethlehem’s HomeSpot Media.

The museum realizes that millions of businesses and workers are feeling the effects of the current situation right now. As a non-profit museum, we’re no different. We’re deeply grateful for any help provided to the museum during these trying times.

Additional ways patrons can help support the museum’s mission include purchasing memberships, shopping in the online gift shop, adopting an artifact, making a gift to the museum’s annual fund, or booking a future event. For a full list of ways you can help support NMIH, please visit nmih.org/howtohelp.

Thank you to our recent contributors. Your gifts sustain our mission through these challenging times and ensure NMIH can continue its mission to preserve, educate, and inspire…

• Joanne and Curtis H. Barnette
• Todd & Kathy Bessemer
• Bethlehem Rotary Foundation
• Beth Brevik & Tim Gebhart
• Mark & Christine Connar
• Crayola
• Robert DeMoyer
• Matthew Deschler
• Mary Anne Eves
• Matthew Fenselau
• Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber
• Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation
• R.K. Laros Foundation
• Thea Lind
• Charles Lyman
• Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
• Jeanne Mell
• Robert “Skip” Reynolds
• Salim Salet


Virtual Museum Programs

Upcoming Virtual Museum Events

Mike Piersa: A Passion for Preservation

Mike Piersa: A Passion for Preservation

Mike Piersa: A Passion for Preservation A historian’s job is to collect, research, and interpret artifacts of cultural significance. A historian’s responsibility is to ensure that these valuable relics are conserved, restored, and made accessible to the public to appreciate and from which to learn about America’s rich industrial heritage. These are the guiding principles ...

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Innovation Station

Innovation Station is a new feature from the National Museum of Industrial History hosted by our curatorial team that explores the history of household products and how they became staples in homes across the world.