Tours

The Rise And Fall Of Bethlehem Steel-Walking Tour

Sponsor: Historic Bethlehem Partnership and ArtsQuest

Tours Held Weekly Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday At Steelstacks!

With a trained guide, learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker.

Location: Film (12:30pm) Bethlehem Visitor Center at Steelstacks; Tours (1:15pm) depart from Visitor Center at SteelStacks 711 E. First St. Bethlehem, PA 18015

Parking and Directions

$15.00 for adult (13+); $7.50 13 and older; Free for 6 & under ($2 Convenience fee per tour ticket additional)

Dates & Times:

  • Tours: held weekly (Thursday, Friday,Saturday and Sunday) departing at 1:15pm from the Visitor's Center.
  • Movie starts: 12:30pm

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SteelStacks Art & Architecture Walking Tour


Tours Held Weekly Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday At Steelstacks!

Learn all about the rich architectural history and public art that adorn the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus on these new walking tours presented by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites and ArtsQuest.

On the Art and Architecture Tour, you'll discover 150 years of American architecture on the site, once the home to the Bethlehem Steel plant that helped build the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, U.S. war ships for the two World Wars and much of the Manhattan skyline. Included on the 75-minute tour are examples of significant buildings erected as far back as the 1860s. Tours touch on the history of the site, but the main focus is on how the architecture of the steel mills evolved over time.

Art and Architecture Tours begin at one of the earliest buildings on the former steel plant, the 1863 Stock House, now the oldest building remaining on the site. Made of stone and brick, the Stock House was initially used to store raw materials for the iron making process. Today, it has been fully restored and serves as a Visitor Center for the City of Bethlehem.

Participants also visit the remains of the former Bessemer Rail Rolling Mill, a state-of-the-art facility when it opened in 1873 and the first fully integrated steel mill in the United States; the Turn and Grind Shop; and the Commercial-Style Steel General Offices. The tours also stop at the Levitt Pavilion, a 21st-century outdoor music pavilion created by Wallace Roberts and Todd, as well as the ArtsQuest Center, a contemporary performing arts center designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.

During the tours, visitors learn how Bethlehem Steel became a major producer of structural steel in the early 20th century including its patented wide flange beam, the I Beam, which played a prominent role in constructing many of New York City's towering skyscrapers.

The tour also highlight the five public sculptures at SteelStacks. The art pieces include "The Bridge, a 70-foot-long steel and fire arc by Elena Colombo; "The Four Elements," a 40-foot-tall glass sculpture that features 900 pieces of handcrafted glass; and "Transformation," a neon installation by renowned artist Stephen Antonakos.

Location: Tours depart from the Visitor Center at SteelStacks, 711 E. First St., Bethlehem. For more information, visit: www.historicbethlehem.org or call 1-800-360-TOUR.

Parking and Directions

$12.00 for adult (13+); $6.00 for ages 6-12; Free for 6 & under ($2 Convenience fee per tour ticket additional). Advance purchase is recommended.

Dates & Times:

  • Tours: held weekly (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
  • Time: 11am departing from the Visitor's Center.

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Steelwalkers: Steelworkers' Archive Walking Tours at SteelStacks

Sponsor: Historic Bethlehem Partnership and ArtsQuest

Discover the untold stories of life at the Bethlehem Steel by the men who worked there.

In these new tours led by former Bethlehem Steel Corp. workers and members of the 'Steelworkers' Archives', you'll learn first-hand what went right, and what went wrong, with one of the nation's industrial giants – a corporation that built our nation by creating the steel for the Golden Gate Bridge, the Manhattan Skyline, Madison Square Garden and more.

These 75-minute tours are filled with stories that can only be told by people who performed the many different jobs in shops and departments at the gigantic steel mill. Learn about the skills and collaboration needed to make steel, and discover the excitement and dangers that came with the job.

Tours conclude with a talk by Richie Check, who worked in the Rigger Department for 44 years, or Mike Dzwonczyk, who worked for 32 years as a motor inspector in the blast furnaces.

This is an experience unlike any other – walk alongside the men who made the steel at the Bethlehem Steel!

Location: Tours depart from the Visitor Center at SteelStacks, 711 E. First St., Bethlehem. For more information, visit: www.artsquest.org or call 610-332-3378.

Parking and Directions

$15 ($13 plus $2 ArtsQuest Service Fee) Children ages 12 and under free.

Dates & Times:

  • Saturday October 4, 2014 --- 11:30 AM
  • Saturday October 11, 2014 --- 11:30 AM
  • Saturday November 1, 2014 --- 11:30 AM

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