During the Revolutionary War, the British pursued the Liberty Bell as one of the spoils of war, threatening to melt it down into weapons in the fight against their colonies. In turn, the colonists stashed the Liberty Bell somewhere here—at the site that would one day become the Liberty Bell Museum—which was a testament to their cunning and hardiness.
The Building: Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ is the site of Allentown's first church, which not only protected the Liberty Bell, but served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War and as a place to hear the Declaration of Independence being read. The church is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Eye Catcher: an exact replica of the original liberty bell, except this one can be rung.
Permanent Mainstay: trace the story of the bell's hiding via a mural hand painted by Wilmer Behler.
Don't Miss: every Christmas season, the museum hosts the legendary puppet show of Pip the Christmas Mouse, which dates back to 1962
Facing down winds of up to 78 mph. Controlling a robotic dinosaur with the same hydraulic technology behind amusement park rides. Such experiences only skim the surface of the 100-plus attractions available in Da Vinci Science Center's 10,000-square-foot, two-story exhibit space. Here, other hands-on activities run the gamut from assembling models of carbon nanotubes to navigating a 72-foot tunnel in complete darkness or with the aid of a friendly firefly.
But exploring exhibits isn't the only way to
interact with science at Da Vinci Science Center. For visitors of all ages, the center sponsors nearly three-dozen programs including
Science on the Move, which brings experiments directly to schools and community centers. In addition, Da Vinci Science Center hosts several events throughout the year such as Ice Cream Wars, where participants create tasty treats using liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent.
The 43,000 square-foot facility of America On Wheels is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the expansive history of American transportation. Within that, 23,000 square feet are devoted entirely to exhibit space, where guests will find a variety of classic cars, racing vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. Rotating exhibits have included topics such as classic cars of the 1930's (including a 1933 Buick), muscle cars, and trains. In addition to offering family memberships and group tours, the facility hosts rentals of its space and a museum store, as well as a classic café complete with ice cream, shakes, floats, and hot dogs.
If you're in Allentown, the beautiful pieces on display at Liberty Bell Museum are a must-see for art lovers.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this museum should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
Take the kids along too — this museum is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
A cultural experience is waiting for you here so come on by today and enjoy something new and exciting.
Looking for a unique art museum? Head on over to Lchs Lehigh County Museum in Allentown and browse through a wide variety of art pieces.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.