Allentown serves as a home to many museums - the Allentown Art Museum, located at 31 North 5th Street, offers tremendous variety and quality in its collection and exhibitions, educational and popular programs, and its busy calendar of public events. The museum's collection of more than 13,000 works of art offers the opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage, in an accessible and visitor-friendly environment.
The Baum School of Art is a non-profit community art school located in center city Allentown, at 510 Linden Street. It has enriched the lives of thousands of adults and children throughout the Lehigh Valley for the past 76 years. The Baum School is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. The school contains nine classrooms, a black and white photography darkroom, computer lab, metalsmithing studio, ceramics studio, art gallery and more. The Baum School regularly hosts exhibitions and events in addition to offering classes in their beautiful facility.
Civic Theatre, located on 19th Street in Allentown's West End, is the Lehigh Valley's home for Broadway-styled stage shows with community sensibility, in addition to being the area's only independent and foreign film house. Their annual production of A Christmas Carol is a Lehigh Valley holiday tradition.
Located at 432 W. Walnut Street, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum’s new 30,000 square foot headquarters 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 four galleries with more than 10,000 square feet of exhibits.
Allentown was originally incorporated as Northamptontown; German settlers played a key role in its development. The city later adopted the name of its founder, Colonial Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice William Allen. Allentown contributed to several aspects of American history. After the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 George Washington had no hope of saving Philadelphia from the British. The Liberty Bell and the bells of Christ Church were secretly removed to be hidden in Zion’s Church. Today visitors can experience a bit of history in the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum located in Zion’s Church.
The Municipal Opera Company of Allentown—now MunOpCo Music Theatre—has been captivating and delighting audiences with its theatrical and musical performances for nearly nine decades. It has been through the ideas, hard work and dedication of so many talented and passionate directors, actors and actresses, patrons, volunteers and supporters that we have been able to enrich so many lives for generations.
MunOpCo has survived the great depression, the difficult World War II years, the turmoil of reorganization and change, and today continues to offer a family-oriented community theatre program for Lehigh Valley residents and beyond. It is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals of all ages to be a part of the theatre world on stage, front of house, or back stage.
For over 30 years, the Museum of Indian Culture has been Pennsylvania’s educational resource center for people of all ages to learn about the Lenape and other American Indian tribes.