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Payne Gallery, Moravian University

Payne Gallery

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian University, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, sixty miles north of Philadelphia and ninety miles west of New York City.

The Gallery is open noon - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The Gallery is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Covid 19 - information

Masks and physical distancing are required. 

Please visit the covid-19 website for up to date info concerning Moravian University's hours of operation and accessibility.

Street Address: 346 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

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About the Gallery

Fashioned out of what had originally been a small gymnasium, Payne Gallery had been built in 1911 to allow post-Victorian young ladies of the distinguished Moravian Seminary to perform their "physical culture" exercises.

Over time, however, the gymnasium fell into disuse. In 1963, the Art Department seized the opportunity presented by an idle space and set up studio classes there.

Then in 1982 the former gymnasium was converted into the Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery. The gallery, named in honor of her parents, was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Priscilla Payne Hurd.

In 2001 the interior of the gallery was renovated to Smithsonian exhibition standards.