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!
Now Open: Daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
PMA “Art & America” Discounted Joint TicketThrough Sept. 6, 2021
The adult joint ticket with the Philadelphia Museum of Art is $35 (savings of $11). The tickets are available for purchase online at philamuseum.org, by calling (215) 763-8100, and at the Art Museum’s front desk. Tickets will be redeemable through Sept. 20 at both museums.
Take the Philly PHLASH to the Museum!Daily Service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop is the quick, easy, and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. Prices are $2 per ride, $5 for a one-day pass, and $9 for a two-day pass. The Museum is Stop 16 (plus, Stops 10 and 11 get you to the Art Museum)!
Summer Exhibit: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today
Now open through September 6, 2021
Our Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today summer exhibit showcases 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 traces 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 encourages 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, France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, 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.
Sponsorship provided by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.
Now On Display: John Claypoole's Diary
View the diary kept by John Claypoole, the third husband of Betsy Ross, during the 1780s, recently donated to the Museum.
A Diary, a Bible, and a Family Reunion
The diary of Betsy Ross's third husband John Claypoole was recently donated to the Museum by Ross-Claypoole descendants Aileen and David Edge — who found it in a shoebox in Aileen's mother's California garage — and is newly displayed alongside Claypoole's sea chest. The diary documents Claypoole’s experiences as a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War.In The News
Upcoming Summer Events at the Museum
Meet the RevolutionNow through Labor Day
Throughout July and August, join us for our Meet the Revolution series of costumed living history programs that explore the voices, viewpoints, and experiences of the diverse people of the Revolutionary era.
History Explorers Club: Ask a HistorianAugust 28, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Labor Day Weekend: Closing of Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-TodaySeptember 4-6, 2021
Fill in the blank: The Declaration of Independence matters because _________.
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!
American Flag Socks$12.99
Step out into the world in style with a pair of bold red, white, and blue American flag socks. You can rock them with your favorite pair of dress shoes or with your summer sandals, if you so choose (we promise we won't judge!).
American Flag Cap$29.99
Seriously, though, what dad wouldn't want to wear this Stars and Stripes ballcap?
Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions Book$45.00
The accompanying book to our summer exhibit, Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today, Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions highlights documents that tell the story of American constitutionalism from the founding era through the turn of the 20th century and features a foreword written by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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