Explore the rich history of the Lehigh County

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.

Welcome …

Welcome to the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum headquarters of the Lehigh County Historical Society.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to technology upgrades to our air conditioning HVAC systems in the Research Library, the system will not be operational during the week of Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19th. These upgrades will ultimately make our climate-controlled system more reliable and energy efficient.

With this long anticipated repair work scheduled, we must close the Research Library for the days this work is being conducted. If the upgrade work takes longer than anticipated, we will post the change on our website. Please check the website or call 610-435-1074 to find out if the Research Library is open for visitation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is open to visitation on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday.

The Research Library is open for visitation on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Friday visitation must be scheduled. To schedule an appointment for a Friday visit, please call 610-435-1074 between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Face Masks are required in the Research Library and social distancing is maintained. Please see the PLEASE NOTE (above) for schedule changes due to upgrades.

If you have any questions, please call 610-435-1074, Monday-Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Thank you!

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

Admission is Free to members, non-member adults pay $8.00 per visit. Children ages 2-11 $3. Under age 2 Free. 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.

If you’d like to renew your membership, please contact Alyce Templeton at 610-435-1074 x. 14. The Donate button above cannot be used to renew your membership; however you can download a Membership Form using the link below.  We appreciate your support.  Thank you.

Funding for the Lehigh County Historical Society is supported by grants from:

– The Century Fund

– The Charles H. Hoch Foundation

-The Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation

-The Harry C. Trexler Trust

-The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Activities are also supported in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development.