September 28 (Thursday)
Member Preview of The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society
6-8 p.m.

Museum Friends (members) are invited to view the fall exhibition before it opens to the public on Friday, September 29. Free admission for members, free hors d’ouvres, cash bar. Call 610-432-4333 ext 110 to reserve your spot!


September 29 (Friday)
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Today is the public opening of our fall special exhibitions The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society and American Vistas: Landscapes from the Collection.

Louisa Davis Minot (1788–1858), Niagara Falls, 1818. Oil on canvas. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Sr., to the Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.,Collection, 1956, 1956.3

October 1 (Sunday)
Fall Festival
Noon–4 p.m.

On opening weekend of our big fall exhibition The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society, visitors of all ages are invited to engage with their community, explore the galleries, and create art inside and outside the Museum. Entrance to the Museum and all activities on Fifth Street and in Arts Park are free, all materials provided. 

As a Fall Festival bonus, our Museum Store is giving a Museum cookbook to anyone with any purchase of $10 or more today!

Also, today is the opening day of the Bethlehem Palette Club’s 70th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs through October 29 in our Community Gallery.

INSIDE THE MUSEUM (noon–4 p.m.)

12:30–3:30 p.m.
International Children’s Film Festival
(in the Community Gallery, downstairs)
Explore the art (and fun!) of film by bringing the family to a free screening of the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens. We’ll show two different programs of audience favorites and award winners—twenty-two shorts in all--from the 2016 Festival. Most of the films are 2–10 minutes in length, and they come from all over the world: France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the United States, Spain, Columbia, more.

Click here to watch a trailer about the Festival.

Click here for a complete list of films.


2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition The Poetry of Nature
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), Autumn Woods, 1886. Oil on linen. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Albert Bierstadt, 1910.11



Mixed-media landscapes
(in the Crayola Classroom, upstairs)
Kids can create an idealized landscape inspired by works in The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society by experimenting with different materials and processes, including collage. Take your finished artwork home or leave it at the museum for display in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery.

Create your own thaumatrope
(in the first-floor galleries)
After watching films from the International Children’s Film Festival, you might be inspired to make your own thaumatrope, a popular nineteenth-century toy considered to be a precursor to animation. Draw an image on both sides of a small circle and attach string to either side. Twist the strings and watch the circle spin; the images on either side of the circle will blend to form one complete image due to the persistence of vision.

Artist workshop on mosaics
Local artist Kim Hogan will help you and your family create your own unique mosaics to add to a one-of-a-kind installation that will be exhibited in the Museum. Along the way you’ll explore the theme, “How do you see nature?” (This workshop also will be run on October 22 and November 26, 12:30–3 p.m. An adults-only version of the mosaics workshop will be offered free on Third Thursdays, October 19 and November 16, 5:30–7 p.m.)




Free Yoga in Arts Park with Easton Yoga
Relax, recharge, and find your moment of Zen with Easton Yoga! Expand your awareness with an easy 10-minute yoga practice—a short breath-and-movement sequence for beginners and experienced students alike.

12:30& 2:30 p.m.—Yoga fun for kids! Have your kids explore the practice of Yoga in Arts Park.

1:30 & 3:30 p.m.—Yoga fun for all ages! All are welcome. 


En Plein Air Sketching
Follow the lead of Hudson River School artists, who created small plein air sketches in the wilderness before heading back to their studios to complete their paintings. With a Museum educator guiding the experience, kids can explore Arts Park and make sketches, then return to an outdoor tent to add finishing touches using watercolors or markers.

Sun Prints
Aspiring artists of all ages can make unique prints using natural materials and the power of the sun. Arrange flowers, leaves, sticks, and other items on special sun-sensitive paper, and after exposing the paper to sunlight, a ghost image of the natural objects will appear.




October 3 (Tuesday)
Yoga Tuesdays with Easton Yoga
12:30–1:20 p.m.

Every first and third Tuesday of the month this fall, relax, recharge and find your moment of Zen in the galleries with Easton Yoga. Register for four sessions and receive the fifth one free! Please note that the Museum is not open to the public on Tuesdays but you may enter the Museum for class via the main entrance at 31 North Fifth Street.

$5 per session for Museum volunteer or child; $7 per session for adult Museum Friend (member); $10 per session for adult nonmember. Any five sessions: $20 for volunteers, $28 for Friends, $40 for nonmembers. Class sizes are limited so please register early! To book contact Dianne at asimmons [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org.

Other sessions:
Tuesday, October 17
Tuesday, November 7 and 21
Tuesday, December 5 and 19

October 6 (Friday)
SOTA’s Luncheon with the Authors

Three nationally acclaimed authors—one based in Bethlehem!—will mingle with attendees of the annual Luncheon with the Authors sponsored by the Society of the Arts (SOTA). This year’s Luncheon will be held at the Brookside Country Club in Macungie and feature Karen Katchur, author of The Sisters of Blue Mountain (St. Martin’s, 2017); Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens (Simon & Schuster, 2016); and Hala Alyan, who wrote Salt Houses (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017).

Purchase admission at


Elizabeth Egan                          Karen Katchur                                Hala Alyan


October 8 (Sunday)
FREE Fun Sunday
Noon–4 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Gadomski Foundation and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Kids and families create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator upstairs in our Crayola Classroom, free. This month explore the sublime in nature by creating works inspired by the world-renowned artists of the Hudson River School as seen in our fall exhibition The Poetry of Nature.


1 p.m.
Movie: Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic (85 mins) follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.


2 p.m.
Free guided tour of The Poetry of Nature and American Vistas
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

Gustav Johann Grunewald (1805-1878), Niagara Falls, 1834, oil on canvas. Purchase: The Gift of John and Fannie Saeger, 1986