A Revolutionary Summer
Start your Revolutionary Summer here! From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, the Museum's special events and exhibits offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore the American Revolution's ongoing relevance. Visitors will be encouraged to consider how we can work to fulfill the Revolution’s promises of liberty and equality for all.
Plan your visit today!
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.
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.
Learn More On-Site and Online!
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.
Summer Events at the Museum
Memorial Day Weekend with the MuseumMay 28-31, 2021
Flag Day Weekend: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today Exhibit OpeningJune 12-14, 2021
Juneteenth with the MuseumJune 19-20, 2021
History Explorers Club: Flag FactsJune 26, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Week with the MuseumJune 26 - July 5, 2021
History Explorers Club: Camp LifeJuly 24, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
History Explorers Club: Ask a HistorianAugust 28, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
What Does Freedom Mean to You?
Share your answer with us on social media @amrevmuseum using #HowRevolutionary.
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.Learn More
From the Museum Shop
Shop these staff picks from the Museum Shop to have yourself a Revolutionary summer!
13-Star "Betsy Ross" Flag Pin$4.99
Show off your red, white, and blue this summer with this pin featuring an early American flag pattern.
History Nerd in Training T-Shirt$34.99
For the budding history buff this youth-size cotton tee features the words "History Nerd in Training" with the image of a child reading.
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