General George Washington's original Standard Flag

About M*AR

Philadelphia's Newest Museum

The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.

Museum Experience and Collection

  • Visitors explore exhibit about propaganda images and artwork during the American Revolution in the Liberty Tree gallery.
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    The Road to Independence

    The rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ‘round the world” ignited America’s War for Independence. Discover how the American Colonists became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold.

  • Visitors prepare to enter an immersive experience in the Battle of Brandywine Theater.
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    The Darkest Hour

    As the fragmented colonies entered an uncertain war, wrestle--alongside the colonists--with the ideals of liberty and independence versus the realities of fighting a war against the most powerful and professional army in Europe. 

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    Musket Marked "U.STATES"

    During the Revolutionary War, American gunsmiths struggled to meet the enormous demand for military firearms to equip the Continental Army, as well as state and militia forces.

  • Visitors learn about the experiences and stories of the enslaved in America during the Revolution.
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    A Revolutionary War

    Explore the final years of the War for Independence from the multiplicity of perspectives of the people who lived through it. Explore how Revolutionary Americans struggled with the weight question of freedom for whom, even as their prospects of victory brightened. 

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    March to Valley Forge

    One of the most iconic commemorative works on the American Revolution, William B. T. Trego’s March to Valley Forge was painted in Philadelphia and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1883.

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    A New Nation

    With the hard-fought establishment of the United States of America, the Revolutionaries suceeded in gaining independence. But then came the immense task of creating a nation founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

About Our President & CEO

Dr. R. Scott Stephenson

Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, Museum of the American Revolution President and CEO

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Scott Stephenson holds a B.A. from Juniata College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia. His broad public history experience spans nearly three decades and has been marked by public and professional acclaim for his creative and innovative approaches to engaging audiences. He has developed and collaborated on exhibits, films, and interpretive programs for numerous historical sites and organizations including Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian, the Canadian War Museum, the National Park Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Heinz History Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 

From 2007-2018, Stephenson led the development of the Museum of the American Revolution’s award-winning exhibitions, multimedia experiences and educational programming, as well as overseeing the care and expansion of its rich collection of art and artifacts, first as Director of Collections and Interpretation and then as Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming. He served as a key member of the senior leadership team that raised $173 million to build and open the Museum, surpassing the original capital campaign goal of $150 million. The Museum opened in April 2017 to national and international acclaim, including rave reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, and New York Review of Books. The core exhibition received many prestigious awards including the AAM 2018 Excellence in Exhibition Award for Special Achievement, AASLH Award of Merit, and the PA Museums Institutional Award.

In November 2018, Stephenson was named President and CEO of the Museum.