In 1962, the members of Zion church and the wider community came together to build a shrine testifying to our unique role, safeguarding America’s most sacred symbol of freedom. The area underneath the church was excavated, exposing the original foundation (which is pictured above in the header of this web site.) The State of Pennsylvania entrusted us with its replica Liberty Bell.
Through the years, elementary school teachers enhanced their local history curriculum with visits to the Liberty Bell Shrine. Scout troops visit to fulfill history badge requirements. Indeed, hundreds of thousands from the Lehigh Valley and around the world have visited and learned the story of the journey of the bells from Philadelphia to Allentown.
In the past decade, our educational purpose and mission have expanded, so we now have evolved into the Liberty Bell Museum. Changing exhibits, lecture series, historical re-enactments and events in partnership with Zion Church, as well as that holiday favorite, Pip the Mouse, are popular additions to what many call Allentown’s hidden gem.
Now as we launch into our Jubilee year, we are delighted to add our first new permanent exhibit in 50 years: a child-sized replica of the Conestoga Wagon that brought the Liberty Bell to Allentown. Join us for our dedication ceremony on September 24. Become a member and support us in our Jubilee year, so the Liberty Bell Museum can continue to proclaim liberty throughout all the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof.