General George Washington's original Standard Flag

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Philadelphia's Newest Museum

Opened on April 19, 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration.

 

Museum Experience and Collection

  • Visitors explore exhibit about propaganda images and artwork during the American Revolution in the Liberty Tree gallery.
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    The Road to Independence

    The rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ‘round the world” ignited America’s War for Independence. Discover how the American Colonists became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold.

  • Visitors prepare to enter an immersive experience in the Battle of Brandywine Theater.
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    The Darkest Hour

    As the fragmented colonies entered an uncertain war, wrestle--alongside the colonists--with the ideals of liberty and independence versus the realities of fighting a war against the most powerful and professional army in Europe. 

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    American Musket

    During the War of Independence, American gunsmiths struggled to meet the enormous demand for military firearms to equip the Continental Army, as well as state and militia forces.

  • Visitors learn about the experiences and stories of the enslaved in America during the Revolution.
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    A Revolutionary War

    Explore the final years of the War for Independence from the multiplicity of perspectives of the people who lived through it. Explore how Revolutionary Americans struggled with the weight question of freedom for whom, even as their prospects of victory brightened.