The Museum of the American Revolution is now open!
To help you prepare for your visit, we have provided answers below to the most frequently asked questions about our Museum.
Planning Your Visit
When does the Museum open?
Where is the Museum located?
The Museum of the American Revolution is located at 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Streets.
How can I buy tickets to the Museum?
Tickets to the Museum are on sale now!
What are the Museum's operating hours?
The Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
How much are General Admission tickets?
Admission is $19 for adults, $17 for students and active or retired military, $12 for children ages 6 to 18. Children ages 5 and under are free. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
Are there discounts for large groups or school trips?
Yes, tickets for groups of 15 or more are now available by calling 267-579-3525.
How can I become a Member of the Museum?
Founding Memberships are available for purchase now.
Can I take pictures and video while I am in the Museum?
Still and video photography is permitted for noncommercial use only in the Museum and exhibitions, unless otherwise posted. For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks is not permitted at any time. Please refrain from any flash photography while in the Museum.
Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Museum of the American Revolution for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on the Museum’s and other public websites.
Do you have a newsletter with updates about the Museum?
Yes! Visit our website and sign-up for our monthly email newsletter that includes updates.
Are there benches in the galleries or other places to rest during my visit?
Yes, there are benches located throughout select galleries for you to rest during you visit. The exhibition is divided into four sections, each section is accessible fromour second floor court and guests to enter and exit the galleries as they wish to rest or use the restrooms. Please see our Museum map for the location of these doors.
Can I check a coat, bag, or luggage?
The Museum offers unstaffed self-check for coats. We cannot check any bags or luggage at the Museum. You may carry small bags and backpacks in the Museum galleries.
Where can I park?
There are several parking garages located within a mile from the Museum:
- Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead Street,
- Park America, 27 South 3rd Street
- Parkway Corporation, 36 South 2nd Street
- E-Z Park, 38–50 North 3rd Street
- Short Parking Corp, 37 South 2nd Street
- The Autopark at Olde City, 125 South 2nd Street
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Patriot Parking, 101 Market Street
- Central Parking, 800 Market Street
How can I buy tickets to the Museum?
Tickets are on sale now.
How much are General Admission tickets?
Admission is $19 for adults, $17 for seniors, students and active or retired military, $12 for children ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are free. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
What is a timed ticket?
The Museum offers timed tickets to facilitate entry and alleviate extended wait times. Tickets are timed at twenty (20) minute intervals and each timed ticket is valid for two consecutive days. There is no limit on the length of time of your visit.
Do children need to have timed tickets?
Each visitor requires a ticket. Children ages 5 and under are free, but adults still need to obtain free timed tickets for all children.
Do Museum members need to have timed tickets?
Yes. Museum members receive free admission, but all visitors need to reserve a timed ticket.
How early can I arrive at the Museum before my timed ticket?
You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your entry time.
I have a timed ticket, but missed my entry time. Can I still enter?
Yes, we understand that logistics don’t always go as planned. While we ask that you do your best to arrive at the Museum by the time on your pass, we allow pass holders to enter at any time after the time stated on their pass that day. The time on your pass helps us to maintain safe hourly visitor counts. If the museum is at capacity then pass holders, regardless of the time on their pass, will be asked to wait until the Museum has room to accommodate new visitors.
Do I have to buy tickets online, or can I buy them in person at the Museum?
You are able to buy timed tickets at the box office, however we strongly suggest buying your tickets online to ensure that you can get tickets for your preferred time.
Do I have to print my ticket(s)?
No, you do not have to print your ticket(s). We can scan the ticket(s) from your phone or print the ticket(s) for you at the Front Desk.
Where are my tickets? I ordered tickets online, but didn't get an email.
Online ticket orders are delivered via email immediately after you submitted your order from firstname.lastname@example.org. Museum tickets are delivered as an email attachement. Please check your spam or junk folder for the email if you don't see it in your inbox.
Booking a Group Visit
Can we take a guided tour if we are an adult group?
We are not offering guided or audio tours for adult groups. The Museum will have docents and costumed interpreters engaging with visitors in key galleries through-out the exhibit.
Can we take a guided tour if we are a school group?
All school groups will explore the Museum alongside Museum educators.
Do I need to book my group reservation in advance?
Yes, groups of 15 or more must make their reservation in advance to receive the group discounted rates.
Do you have timed admission?
Yes, entry to the Museum is timed, with admission every 20 minutes starting at 10AM (as early as 9AM for large school groups).
How many people can you take per admission time?
We can take 100 people per 20-minute admission time.
How long should I plan to spend at the Museum with my group?
We recommend all groups plan to spend 1 ½ to 2 hours visiting the Museum.
Do you have a cafeteria or lunch space?
The Museum has an on-ste café that offers light lunch options. Space is limited in the cafe. Vouchers can be purchased through the group sales department. Unfortunately, the café will not accept student groups. Contact the group sales department for school group lunch options.
Do you have a place for tour buses to park?
Bus unloading and loading will take place in the bus zone located in front of the Museum on the right-hand lane on Third Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets. Buses can park for the day at the Callowhill Bus Center located on Callowhill Street between 2nd and Front Streets. The daily parking rate is $20 per bus with in and out privileges. Overnight parking is an additional $10 per bus.
Are you within walking distance to other historical attractions?
The Museum is just a short walk from many attractions located within and around Independence National Historical Park such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court, the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center, and the US Mint.
Who do I contact regarding facility rentals?
You will contact Ashley Miller of Brulee Catering, the Museum’s onsite catering company. Ashley can be reached at 215-454-2031 or via email at email@example.com.
How long would a Founding Membership be valid?
All Founding Memberships purchased through April 30, 2017, will be valid through April 30, 2018. After that, memberships will be valid for one year through the end of the month. For example, a membership purchased May 15, 2017, will be valid until May 31, 2018.
How can I purchase a membership? When can I begin using it?
Your membership, valid immediately upon transaction, may be purchased several ways:
- To purchase a membership online, click here
- To purchase a membership by phone, call 215.454.2030
Where can I park?
Discounted parking for Museum Members is available in two covered garages near the Museum. Members should park at either garage and remember to bring their ticket with them. Obtain a discount voucher at the Museum’s Front Desk before returning to either garage and use the voucher when you pay for parking. Guests who sign up for a Museum Membership on the day of their visit are also eligible for the discounts at these garages:
- The Bourse Garage (SPPlus Parking located at 44 S. 4th St.) is a flat $9 for up to four hours of parking before 4pm.
- The Philadelphia Parking Authority lot located at 125 S 2nd Street offers a flat fee of $14.00 for up to three hours of parking.
Metered street parking is also a choice (no discount provided). Please be aware of the posted rules for street parking, as they vary by day of the week and time of day.
How long will it take to receive my membership card?
You will receive a temporary membership card via email when you purchase your membership online or a temporary card when you purchase onsite at the Museum. It typically takes two to three weeks from the date of purchase or receipt of your mailed application to receive your Founding Member materials in the mail, which will include your permanent membership card.
How do I visit the Museum before my cards arrive?
Members are always welcome to visit the Museum before they receive their welcome packet or if they do not have their membership card with them. When you arrive, stop by the Front Desk in the Museum rotunda with a valid photo ID. Our Guest Services team will provide you with everything that you need for the day.
Can I give my membership card to a friend or relative to use for a visit?
No, your membership card is non-transferable.
Can I upgrade my membership level?
Members may upgrade at any time. Upgrades are not prorated. Downgrading to a membership is only allowed during renewal.
Is there a membership discount for teachers?
Teachers are eligible for $17 reduced admission to the Museum. Teacher tickets may be purchased online or at the Museum with a school ID.
What does complimentary admission at 900 museums mean?
Reciprocal benefits, which begin in September 2017, are provided for MoAR Members at the $250 Ambassador level and above. The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program allow you free or discounted admission into hundreds of participating museums across North America. A full list of reciprocal museums and other benefits will be posted soon.
I’m a member of a museum that offers NARM reciprocity. What are my benefits at M*AR?
Beginning September 2017 reciprocal benefits will be provided for qualifying members of any museum that participates in NARM and museums within a 15-mile radius with which we have a reciprocity agreement in place. You will receive free admission for two people, a 10% discount retail discount, and program discounts.
I have moved or changed my email address. How can I change my address?
Please contact the Membership Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is my membership tax-deductible?
Your membership contribution is tax-deductible as dictated by the IRS. Please see your welcome letter to determine the total deductible amount of your contribution.
If I provide my email address, how often will I hear from MoAR?
In addition to the monthly e-newsletter, you will receive a few emails each month about upcoming programs, events, or special offers. If your membership is up for renewal, you will also receive an email inviting you to renew your membership online.
Does MoAR share my information with anyone else?
From time to time, the Museum does exchange our members’ mailing and email addresses solely with other nonprofit cultural organizations. If you prefer this information not be shared with other nonprofits, please contact us at email@example.com.