Our permanent exhibition features our outstanding collection of objects connected to:
• The expansion of the Moravian community through missionary service in Europe, the New World, Africa,
• The establishment of the 18th-century Pennsylvania settlements of Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Lititz, as well
as the Salem settlement in North Carolina
• The significance of music and education in the
• Exquisite Native American, African, South American and Caribbean Island artifacts.
• 6 oil paintings by John Valentine Haidt (1700-1780),
the first artist in Colonial America to portray chiefly religious topics.
• The Antes violin: the earliest-known violin made
in the American Colonies.
• A 1776 pipe organ made by David Tannenberg, the
most important organ-builder of his time.
• A rare 18th-century rifle made by Andres Albrecht at the Moravian settlement of Christian Springs.
These items are shown together with textiles, furniture, photographs, maps, guns, tile and iron stoves, caseclocks, and much, much more!.
CHANGING EXHIBIT: "The Ephrata Tract: Where Nazareth Began"
Now through December 31st, 2015.
Enjoy the story behind the founding of Nazareth. Why did the Moravians come to Pennsylvania? What does George Whitefield have to do with Nazareth? Where was the first house? Answer these questions and more while you explore four rooms of objects, documents, maps and more that share the story of "The Ephrata Tract: Where Nazareth Began."
In celebration of the 275th anniversary of Bethlehem's founding, enjoy an unique and rarely discussed look at this groundbreaking colonial community through three sets of eyes: a woman's, a black man's, and a Native American woman's. Through period diaries, records, and other primary materials, we investigate the life of these three colonial residents of Bethlehem to discover what life was really like in Bethlehem, Pa.
Visit us today to enjoy these popular exhibitions!