Join us for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with activities, programs, and resources this May. Plan Your Visit

Dismiss notification

Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent

Explore the tent's journey from the Revolutionary War to the present day and why generations of Americans and visitors from abroad have found inspiration in its presence. 

Image 021624 Exhibit Witness To Revolution Entrance Dsc5890

"... the crown jewel in the collection [...] oh, the stories it could tell."

Our newest special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent, greatly expands the story told in the Museum’s award-winning film and brings to life the stories of individuals from all walks of life who saved George Washington’s tent from being lost over the generations and who ultimately fashioned this relic into a symbol of the fragile American republic. It brings together, in many cases for the first time, inspiring works of art, rare documents, and significant historical objects from public and private collections across the United States. 

Info & Tickets

Upcoming Summer Events

Join us for 2024 Revolutionary Summer events!

A Museum educator dressed in 18th century clothing shows visitors the Museum's handsewn silk replica of Washington's Standard flag.
May 25
 

Memorial Day Weekend

May 25-27, 2024

Join the Museum to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the Revolutionary War and celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations. Veterans, military, and Blue Star Families enjoy free admission throughout Memorial Day Weekend courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.

Event Details
Read the Revolution event graphic featuring author John McCurdy's headshot photograph to the right and book covers for his books Vicious and Moral as well as Quarters to the left.
Jun 06
 

Read the Revolution Speaker Series with John Gilbert McCurdy

June 6, 2024, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Author and historian Dr. John Gilbert McCurdy joins the Museum for a special presentation exploring surprising truths about LGBTQ+ history in early America to launch his latest book, Vicious and Immoral: Homosexuality, the American Revolution, and the Trials of Robert Newburgh.
Info & Tickets
Image looking up the grand staircase at the replica flags created for the True Colours Flag Project around the railings with vistors walking up and down the stairs.
Jun 14
 

Flag Day & Father's Day Weekend

June 14-16, 2024
Join the Museum over Flag Day and Father's Day weekend to learn about flags of “all kinds of colours” from the Revolutionary era with activities and in-gallery talks for the whole family.
Event Details
A Museum visitor listens to the Witness to Revolution exhibit audio tour in front of a large image of Selina Gray.
Jun 19
 

Juneteenth

June 19, 2024

Explore the continuing struggle for equality for all and join the Museum to celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Event Details
Artist John Wind who is wearing a black jacket, dark jeans, and glasses, works on one of his Whiskey Rebellion decanters in the Museum's collections workroom.
Jun 22
 

John Y. Wind Artist Talks & Philadelphia Freedom Band Performance

June 22, 2024, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the Museum for a special musical performance by the Philadelphia Freedom Band and artist talks in conjunction with Whiskey Rebellion, a special installation by contemporary artist John Y. Wind.
Go to Event
Image 100920 Declarationmural Dsc 0313
Jun 29
 

Fourth of July

June 29 - July 4, 2024

Join the Museum in historic Philadelphia for Independence Day with special activities, costumed interpretation, and crafts for all ages to discover the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance over Fourth of July.

Event Details

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.
 
Exhibits

Revolution Place

Saturdays & Sundays (Daily beginning June 17)

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.

Explore
Image 052023 True Colors Flag Project 1001 Jr3b9458
 

True Colours Flag Project

On display beginning Flag Day

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.

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

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Join an educator to explore our Revolutionary neighborhood and imagine what life was like in the 1700s. This 1.5-hour guided tour is offered daily and covers about a mile and stops outside iconic sites including City Tavern, Independence Hall, and Carpenters Hall to discuss the experiences of everyday people in the Revolutionary era. Don’t forget to bring water and sunscreen, and make sure to save time to explore the Museum before or after your tour!

Info & Tickets
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.

Learn More

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).

Purchase Online
Blue Star Museums Logo
 

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 18, through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Learn More
African American Museum via Visit Philly M Kennedy
M. Kennedy for Visit Philly 

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.

More about AAMP

Explore Historic Philadelphia

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

Purple PHLASH bus sign with the stop number 14, the museum of the american revolution logo in white, and a map of the bus route.
 

Ride Philly PHLASH

Service now running daily!

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop is an affordable, visitor-friendly public transit service managed by the Independence Visitor Center, which provides access to more than a dozen stops located near must-see attractions, from Penn's Landing to Fairmount Park. Don't forget to stop at the Museum — Stop 14!

More Info
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: Civic Season

The Museum is proud to partner with Made By Us for their 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!

A pint glass with the exhibit title words Witness to Revolution The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent in red and a sketch of Washington's tent in blue.
 

Witness to Revolution Pint Glass

$16

Pour yourself a pint in this glass commemorating the Museum's special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent.

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

"Washington Slept Here" T-shirt

$27

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.

Purchase
Shop American Flag Hat
 

American Flag Cap

$29.99

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

Purchase