• Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Duration: Flexible
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Discover the dramatic story of America’s founding at the Museum of the American Revolution. Enjoy both permanent and special exhibit galleries, object theaters, and recreated historical scenes, bringing to life the original ‘greatest generation,’ and engaging visitors in the history and modern-day relevance of the American Revolution.

Highlights

  • Visit the Museum of the American Revolution in historic Philadelphia
  • See galleries, theaters, recreated historical scenes and more
  • Learn about the history and relevance of the American Revolution
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Fun for the entire family
  • Gift shop and café available on location

What You Can Expect

The Museum of the American Revolution, opening in the Spring of 2017 in the heart of historic Philadelphia, tells the dramatic story of America's founding through immersive gallery experiences, object theaters, and large-scale tableaux. From the early moments of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of Independence; from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the beginning of the American Republic, the museum’s permanent exhibition explores the ideas, events, and legacies of America's Revolutionary beginnings. 

The 118,000-square-foot museum will highlight America’s founding generation, honoring those who risked everything to secure the liberties that continue to influence the world today. Develop a deeper understanding of the people, the ideas, and the events that gave birth to America and enjoy high-tech media, digital interactives, hands-on experiences, and personal interactions with the museum’s guides. 

Learn (through seven galleries) how the American Colonists became Revolutionaries. Explore a massive, interactive map of North America. Discover what it meant to gain independence with a hands-on interactive display. Watch Congress issue the Declaration of Independence — one of the most important documents ever written — on July 4, 1776. Stand beneath the branches and lanterns of a life-size reproduction of the Boston Liberty Tree. And see original examples of the first state Constitutions. 

Also, experience America during the darkest hours of the Revolutionary War. Follow the American retreat from New York through the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, and Fort Washington. Walk across a floor-sized map of the campaign in New York and look at original witness objects from those battles. Design a soldier uniform with an interactive display. Plus, in an object theater entitled ‘the Weapons of War,’ check out a wall display of world-class weapons — British, French, and American weaponry — used during the Revolutionary War, including muskets, swords, powder horns, cartridge boxes, and more. 

Then explore the final years of the War for Independence from a variety of perspectives from the people who lived through it. Come face-to-face with life-size figures on horseback, climb aboard a replica privateer ship, and view the war in an immersive theatre experience. 

Finally, watch as a new nation – born of the War for Independence – begins its own journey. Learn how the nation emerged from war to create a republican society, come face-to-face with America’s first ‘greatest generation’ through their photographs, and much more. 

Additional museum amenities include a gift shop and the Cross Keys Café, with breakfast, lunch, and snack options.

Customer Reviews

Rui F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Not enough time because we got there late, missed the movie at the beginning of the tour and then had to rush through. Should have gone earlier or been able to buy a ticket for a certain amount of time since we were traveling and tried to squeeze this in on the first day of our trip. We arrived in Philly later than we thought.

Suzanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great, great museum. There's so much to see with some interactive exhibits as well. Highly recommended.

Nancy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved the interactive activities and the videos.

DAVID O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

I enjoy ANYTHING concerning the Revolution and was impressed with the historical accuracy vs myths which were developed. The American contradiction of All men are created equal is shown within the time period and developed gradually. Well Done! We began at 2:00pm and left at 5:00pm. It was Sunday of Memorial Weekend and the crowd kept moving on. Since it was my first time through it will not be my last, I was uncertain frequently of where to go next. Signs and arrows would eliminate this problem. Anyone who wishes to deviate could still do so. Dave OConnell

Philip B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

Appreciated that there was no specific time for us to begin our tour. We purchased tickets to use on July 22. Luckily we went early because the museum gets busier later in the day on a Saturday. I enjoyed seeing George Washington's tent and also reading about Americans who fought for the Brits and Brits who fought on the American side. There is so much to see and read and the details sometimes get to be bogged down in too many facts and figures. But the museum is beautiful and the exhibits are generally very interesting. You can go as fast or as slow as you wish. It might be good to go on a weekday when school back in session when less crowded. There is a small self serve restaurant on the first floor but some regular restaurants are near by if you want sit down service.

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