Your Place for History
Established in 1857, the Moravian Historical Society is among the oldest in Pennsylvania. The museum offers permanent and changing exhibitions, as well as a gift shop featuring books, local souvenirs, and handmade artisan items. We are open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment (except major holidays).
The handsome three-and-a-half story Whitefield House that was planned and begun by George Whitefield in 1740 is today home to the Moravian Historical Society. Over the centuries, the building has served the Moravian community in several capacities. It was the first place of worship in Nazareth, it was a boarding school for Moravian girls, a nursery for the children of missionaries, and an early home to the Moravian Theological Seminary. Until the 1990s it served as apartments for retired ministers and missionaries on furlough.
Today the Whitefield House museum provides outstanding educational opportunities for those interested in history, religion, art, and music. Many of the items on exhibit are one of a kind or extremely rare. Among these treasures are original paintings by John Valentine Haidt; early American textiles, pottery, and household objects; fine examples of early gunmaking in Pennsylvania; historic musical instruments, and other objects relevant to early American history and to Moravian history.
The Moravian Historical Society museum and historic site preserves, interprets, and celebrates the rich culture of the Moravians.
The Moravian Historical Society is recognized broadly for its significant collection and historically important 18th century site. Intellectually vibrant, we commit to sharing stories of the Moravians and their remarkable contributions to history that continue to shape our culture.