March 26, 2019

Museum of the American Revolution Wins PA Museums Statewide Institutional Award of Merit

Award Recognizes Museum’s New Discovery Center, Revolution Place

The Museum of the American Revolution will receive an Institutional Award of Merit from PA Museums at the statewide museum association’s Annual Statewide Museum Conference for Revolution Place, the Museum’s new discovery center. The awards ceremony will be at the Brandywine River Museum of Art at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019

Opened in June 2018, in partnership with FamilySearch International, Revolution Place extends the immersive, hands-on experience of the Museum’s core exhibition to younger visitors. It features four key recreated environments from the Museum’s Philadelphia neighborhood in the 1770s – a military encampment, a tavern, a home, and a meeting house. Visitors enjoy experiential elements, interactive touchscreens, reproduction objects and special programming.

Since the 1980s, PA Museums has invited nominations from its membership and chosen projects that are exemplary to receive recognition. This year 12 organizations from every region of Pennsylvania will be recognized with Institutional Awards of Merit.

At the PA Museums conference, about 150 attendees will gather at the Brandywine River Museum of Art for professional development sessions. Each day will kick off with a special keynote session. Monday, Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Director, Tourism and Film at the Department of Community and Economic Development, will speak about Pennsylvania’s newest initiatives to attract tourists. On Tuesday, Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin will present on their recent work around gender equity in museums. Attendees will enjoy 14 other conference sessions, networking events, and tours of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The conference sessions cover a broad range of museum-related topics and innovative programs.

“PA Museums’ Special Achievement Awards ceremony is something we really look forward to,” said Rusty Baker, executive director of PA Museums. “Pennsylvania’s museums and historical organizations are star performers, and we are proud to recognize the great work being done.”

About PA Museums
PA Museums is Pennsylvania’s statewide museum association with 350 institutional members across the Commonwealth. PA Museums’ membership includes museums and historical organizations of many types and sizes, and in addition to providing professional development opportunities for museum professionals, the organization also leads advocacy campaigns on behalf of the museum community.

About Museum of the American Revolution
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 digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who 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. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.