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Summer Hours

Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer hours will run Thursday, May 27 through Monday, Sept. 6

Fourth of July Week Special Hours: June 24 - July 12, open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Exhibit: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today

Open June 12, 2021 through September 6, 2021

Opening just in time for Flag Day, our Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today summer exhibit will showcase dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the Union. The exhibit will trace the evolution of the American flag by featuring an example of each iteration as new states were added. By telling stories from the nation’s revolutionary roots to its continuing struggle over equal rights, Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today will encourage visitors to consider their role in the ongoing effort to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution.

The collection of flags is on loan from Jeff R. Bridgman, a leading dealer of antique flags and political textiles. The documents are on loan from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation following their exhibition at The New-York Historical Society.

Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today is presented by American Heritage Credit Union. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Additional sponsorship is provided by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution, Morris W. Offit, Mark R. Shenkman, and the family of Irvin and Anita Schorsch.

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True Colours Flag Project

Follow the process of recreating — and the history behind — the flags flown by 18th-century ships at sea during the Revolutionary War.

A Museum staff member and a visitor work together to sew a red, white, and blue replica flag

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Explore the work of Betsy Ross, Rebecca Flower Young, and other Philadelphia seamstresses who supported the Revolutionary War by making the large flags flown by privateers and navy ships at sea. On-site visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the modern makers recreating these early flags from countries like the United States, Germany, France, Britain, and more, including handling the flags, trying their hands at sewing, and learning about historic textile work. Digital visitors will be able to follow the project's progress and take a closer look behind the scenes. Don't miss the debut of these flags as we fly them over the Museum Plaza throughout Flag Day weekend.

Sponsorship provided by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.

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Summer Events at the Museum

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May 28

Memorial Day Weekend with the Museum

May 28-31, 2021
Join the Museum over Memorial Day Weekend to pay tribute on-site and online to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the Revolutionary War.
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Jun 12

Flag Day Weekend: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today Exhibit Opening

June 12-14, 2021
Join the Museum over Flag Day weekend to explore the evolution of the American flag with the opening of our Flags and Founding Documents exhibit, True Colours Flag Project debut, and more.
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Finding Freedom tableau scene at the Museum depicting a British soldier of African descent trying to recruit a young boy of African descent to find freedom with the British army.
Jun 19

Juneteenth with the Museum

June 19-20, 2021
Explore the continuing struggle for equality for all and join the Museum to mark the anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
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Jun 26

History Explorers Club: Flag Facts

June 26, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join the Museum to learn about how flags come to represent countries or states and how they can communicate before creating your own at our family-friendly June History Explorers Club.
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Jun 26

Fourth of July Week with the Museum

June 26 - July 5, 2021
Join the Museum for a weeklong Independence Day observation with special events and activities for all ages to discover the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance.
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Revolution Place camp site
Jul 24

History Explorers Club: Camp Life

July 24, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Find out more about the people you would find at a Continental Army camp and the critical roles they played at this family-friendly History Explorers Club.
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Aug 28

History Explorers Club: Ask a Historian

August 28, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn about what a historian does and ask a Museum historian all your burning questions about the Revolutionary Era at our family-friendly August History Explorers Club.
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Sep 04

Closing Weekend: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today

September 4-6, 2021
Over Labor Day weekend, join the Museum for the closing weekend of our Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today summer exhibit.
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What Does Freedom Mean to You?

Share your answer with us on social media @amrevmuseum using #HowRevolutionary.

A young visitor ties a ribbon to our ribbon flag installation asking guests how they will be the revolution
blue and white miniature versions of Washington's standard flag given away to guests

Health & Safety Protocols

Learn more about the rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for all, including reduced capacity, advance online ticket purchasing, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.

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From the Museum Shop

Shop these staff picks from the Museum Shop to have yourself a Revolutionary summer!

pin featured the 13-star American flag with 13 five-pointed stars in a circular pattern typically ascribed to Betsy Ross

13-Star "Betsy Ross" Flag Pin


Show off your red, white, and blue this summer with this pin featuring an early American flag pattern.

Pink youth-size t-shirt that reads history nerd in training

History Nerd in Training T-Shirt


For the budding history buff this youth-size cotton tee features the words "History Nerd in Training" with the image of a child reading.

A one-to-one replica of the extremely rare wooden USTATES canteen in the museum's collection

Wooden USTATES Canteen


Stay cool this summer sipping out of this 1:1 scale reproduction of the original "USTATES" canteen found in the Museum's collection.


America 250’s official recognition of Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today and the True Colours Flag Project acknowledges the programs as an expression of the America 250 vision to inspire the American spirit.

Official Recognition