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Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

The Museum's special exhibition is open through November 26, 2023.

A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

"... an essential American story"

In our newest special exhibition, explore the lives James Forten and his descendants as they navigated cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia from the American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction to become leaders in the abolition and women's suffrage movements. 

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Upcoming Summer Events

Revolutionary Summer 2023 events have passed. Check out our events calendar for an upcoming event!

Explore More at the Museum

Family-friendly exhibits and activities around the Museum give visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore what freedom means.

Two Asian American female children utilize the objects within Revolution Place. They are both seated at a wooden table. The child on the left is writing with a quill pen and smiling, while the child on the right is pretended to pour cream into her silver teacup. On the table to her left is a silver tea pot.

Revolution Place

Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, brings to life the Museum’s lively, diverse Old City neighborhood during the 1700s and invites visitors to learn through hands-on exploration.

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True Colours Flag Project

Learn more about the process of recreating and the history behind the flags flown by 18th-century ships at sea during the Revolutionary War with the Museum's True Colours Flag Project.

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A Museum educator leads a group on a walking tour in the Museum's Old City neighborhood.

Neighborhood Walking Tours

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, join a Museum educator on our Black Founders of Philadelphia outdoor tour to explore Old City Philadelphia’s rich Black history, including stops at iconic sites like Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. On Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, join an educator on our Revolutionary City outdoor tour to explore our Revolutionary neighborhood and imagine what life was like in the 1700s.

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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.

Black Voices of the Revolution

On Saturdays and Sundays at noon, join a Museum educator for this 60-minute tour of the core exhibit galleries highlighting a diverse set of stories, experiences, and objects related to people of African descent during the American Revolution.

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Ways to Save

See and do more for less with discounted ticket prices and special deals.

Two living history interpreters talk with a group of visitors on the Museum's outdoor plaza.

Online Exclusive Ticket Discounts

The Museum is currently offering two ticket discounts available with online purchase only, including a Family Four-Pack (two adult GA tickets and two youth GA tickets) for $57 as well as Adult GA tickets for $22 ($24 if purchased at the Museum).

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Blue Star Museums Program

The Museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families from Armed Forces Day, May 20, through Labor Day.

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Ticket Discount with AAMP

Visitors can receive $4 off admission to the Museum of the American Revolution when they show their ticket stub from the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). Discounts can be redeemed by showing AAMP ticket stubs at the front desk.

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Explore Historic Philadelphia

Make the Museum your first stop in historic Philadelphia before exploring Revolutionary history throughout the city.

Phlash Bus Stop 16 at the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City.

Ride Philly PHLASH

Daily service runs April 28 through Labor Day

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop is an affordable, visitor-friendly public transit service managed by the Independence Visitor Center, which provides access to 19 stops located near must-see attractions, from Penn's Landing to Fairmount Park. Don't forget to stop at the Museum — Stop 16!

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Benjamin Franklin House in Old City Philadelphia looking through the archway.

Explore Old City

The Museum's Old City Philadelphia neighborhood is known as America’s most historic square mile. Whether you come to experience Old City as a visitor, a resident, or a business person, you’ll find resources on Old City District's website to help you discover and get involved in this charming, creative, multi-layered district.

Explore the Neighborhood

Made By Us: 2023 Civic Season

The Museum is proud to partner with Made By Us for their 2023 Civic Season, which spans from Juneteenth to the Fourth of July to mobilize a movement to understand our past and shape our future.

From the Museum Shop

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

Grey t-shirt with an image of Washington's War Tent and the words Washington Slept Here.

"Washington Slept Here" T-shirt


Get in on the joke with this "George Washington slept here" t-shirt featuring an image of his Revolutionary War tent, a place we can confidently say he slept.

Shop American Flag Hat

American Flag Cap


Seriously, though, what dad wouldn't want to wear this Stars and Stripes ballcap?

Cover of the exhibit catalog book for Black Founders featuring a portrait of James Forten.

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia


The book serves as catalog for the Museum's special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, which explores the story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten and his descendants.