Exhibitions at Moravian Historical Society  

Highlights include: 

  • Six oil paintings by John Valentine Haidt (1700–1780), the first artist in colonial America to portray chiefly religious topics.

  • The Antes violin: the earliest-known violin made in the American Colonies.

  • A 1776 pipe organ made by David Tannenberg, the most important organ-builder of his time.

  • A rare 18th-century rifle made by Andreas Albrecht at the Moravian settlement of Christian's Spring.

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Special Exhibitions at Moravian Historical Society 

Moravian Historical Society Museum

The Moravian Historical Society permanent exhibition features an outstanding collection of objects connected to the establishment of the 18th-century Moravian settlements and the significant contributions Moravians made to music, art, education and culture in early America.

These items are shown together with textiles, furniture, photographs, maps, early American made firearms, tile and iron stoves, case clocks, and much, much more!

charting the unknown

Charting the Unknown: Early Moravian Maps
January 28, 2022-December 31, 2022

This exhibition of archival documents, historic maps, and objects from the collection of the Moravian Historical Society takes visitors on a journey through the fertile lands of frontier Pennsylvania. The exhibition explores the role of the surveyor in colonial society, 18th century surveying techniques, the conflicts between Indigenous People and European settlers, and the Moravian contributions to surveying, cartography, and town planning in early America.