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American Presidency Exhibit

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Welcome to the Lehigh County Historical Society

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is open on a limited schedule, and reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to visitation. Our paramount priority and concern is the health and safety of all guests and staff.


Based on CDC guidelines and Pennsylvania Department of General Services Covid-19 Requirements, the following protocols apply:

Face Masks are Mandatory

Wearing a mask is an important part of keeping Covid-19 from spreading. Everyone, age 3 and over, must wear a mask in the Museum. We reserve the right to refuse anyone admission for failure to comply with guidelines.

Social distancing of no less than 6 feet is required.

Guests are encouraged to use hand-sanitizer stations located throughout the Museum.

Hand washing in restrooms is also encouraged.

The elevator is limited to one individual/group party at a time.

Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your visit.

Hours of Public Operation

Open for Scheduled Visits Only: Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your visit. Call 610-435-1074 to schedule, or with any questions.

Museum is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:00 Noon and, then again, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm for scheduled visits. The Museum is closed to all visitors from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm for cleaning and disinfecting. The Research Library remains closed, but we offer a research request look-up service. Please click on the Archives/Library link to learn more.

Reservations must be made; call 610-435-1074 at least 24 hours or more before your visit.

Our institution takes social distancing, the proper wearing of face masks, hand washing and all other Center for Disease Control guidelines seriously.  Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy.  We have a legal responsibility to make our facilities clean and safe by conducting daily and hourly cleaning.  Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.

We want to make your visit safe and enjoyable.  To do so, we require that you wear a face mask, and practice social distancing that conforms to the Pennsylvania Governor’s directive, and CDC guidelines while in the Museum. For additional questions or information, please call Joseph Garrera at 610-435-1074.  

Thank you, and stay safe.

Joseph Garrera
Executive Director
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum/
Lehigh County Historical Society

The Lehigh County Historical Society is one of the largest historical societies in America.  Our 30,000 square foot headquarters museum, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, is a state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility that houses one of the finest historical research libraries in the state of Pennsylvania.  The Heritage Museum includes 6 galleries with more than 13,000 square feet of exhibits.

Founded in 1904, the Lehigh County Historical Society is the official county historical society of Lehigh County. The Society administers 7 museum sites that date from Colonial America through the Industrial Revolution.  Our collection encompasses more than 35,000 historical artifacts, 200,000+ vintage photographs, and 3-million+ documents.

History provides a sense of proportion and perspective in people’s lives.  A person’s knowledge of history creates a more balanced and tolerant individual.  Visit us today; together we are proving that history matters!

Admission is Free to members, non-member adults pay $8.00 per visit.  We appreciate the opportunity to be of service, and thank you for your interest.  

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Research Library, and outlying sites are normally closed major holidays.

Museum Admission: $8 adults, $3 children (2-11); Members FREE


For cars (our lot is not accessible to buses due to narrow side streets; please see below for bus directions): to our parking lot: From US-22 take PA 145 south 1.8 mi. to Walnut St. Turn left on Walnut .2 miles to 5th St. Turn right on 5th St. to the first side street on your left. Turn left into this side street and proceed one block to another side street. Stop to yield right-of-way before crossing this side street. After crossing the side street, you will see 3 small parking lots on either side of the street; you may park in any of these. Street parking is also available.

For buses: to our bus drop-off area: From US-22 take PA 145 south 1.8 mi. to Walnut St. Turn left on Walnut .25 miles to the site at 432 W. Walnut St. You will see a bus pull-out on your right. Your vehicle may be left there while the tour takes place, but we do ask the following:
1. Please shut down the engine as a courtesy to our neighbors.
2. Please remain with your vehicle in case it needs to be moved for another group to drop off. If you are asked to move your vehicle, you may usually find street parking by proceeding down Walnut to 4th St. Turn right on 4th to Martin Luther King. Street parking can usually be found on Martin Luther King.

Photography Policy for Properties Owned by the Lehigh County Historical Society*

Requests for photography or filming must be requested in writing in advance.**  Requests will be reviewed by the Chief Curator.  Thank you for your cooperation.

*This policy applies at the following sites owned by the Lehigh County Historical Society
· Claussville One-Room School
· Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum & Museum Campus Grounds
· Historic 1770 Trout Hall & Grounds
· Historic 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum Site & Grounds

**Please send your request to:
Jill Youngken, Chief Curator/Assistant Director
Lehigh County Historical Society
432 W Walnut Street
Allentown, PA  18102 


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