Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society Museums
The Sigal Museum property tells an interesting history common to the evolution of old downtowns; with its design and function changing with the times: from family home to Opera House to Bridal Salon to history museum.
The Sigal Museum offers three Exhibition Halls, a Decorative Arts Gallery, Music Room, Visual Gallery, and the 100-seat John Austen Auditorium. More than 6,000 volumes of county and family history are available in the Jane S. Moyer Library.
Hours change seasonally:
Winter – Wednesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday-Noon to 4pm
Summer – Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday – Noon to 4pm
Contains the last remaining Northampton County colonial era court room. It is also the host facility for the Lenape Nation of PA’s Cultural Center, which is open on Saturdays.
In 1929, a gala was held to open the new Society headquarters at 4th and Ferry Streets. The building was donated by Miss Mary Mixsell and Mrs. Emilie Mixsell Lalor, granddaughters of Jacob Mixsell, who built the house in 1833. The Mixsell House served as the Society’s headquarters for over 80 years.
Named for its first resident, who lived there from 1807 until 1832. The family had eight children. Nicholas was a wood turner when he purchased the property, but later became a Durham boat captain. Durham boats carried freight between Easton and Philadelphia on the Delaware River. They were put out of business in the 1830’s by the new canals. The house was occupied until 1961. Over the years tenants included an agricultural tool maker, shoemaker, undertaker, junk dealer, huckster, sign painter, policeman, an immigrant laborer from England, and a laborer for President Roosevelt’s Work Projectslocated in the county seat of Easton, PA