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When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807

October 2, 2020 to April 25, 2021

In our new special exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807, the Museum explores the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and examine the political conflicts that led to their voting rights being stripped away.

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Current Exhibits

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When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story

October 2, 2020 - April 25, 2021
In the highly anticipated exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807, the Museum explores the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and examine the political conflicts that led to their voting rights being stripped away.
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Revolution Place

Temporarily Closed
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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The Road to Independence

Core Exhibition
How did people become Revolutionaries? Discover how the American Colonists – most of them content and even proud British subjects – became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold.
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The Darkest Hour

Core Exhibition
How did the Revolution survive its darkest hour? Explore how America would soon learn that it was one thing to declare independence, and quite another to secure it.
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A Revolutionary War

Core Exhibition
How Revolutionary was the war? Explore the final years of the American War for Independence from the perspectives of the diverse people who lived through it.
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A New Nation

Core Exhibition
What kind of nation did the Revolution create? The Revolutionaries succeeded 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.
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Museum Films

Daily Showings
Explore the origins, experiences, and ongoing legacy of the American Revolution through three engaging films.
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Upcoming Exhibits

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Liberty or Death: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

October 15, 2021 - September 5, 2022
What did the Revolutionary War truly look like? Nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani aims to answer this question, drawing from painstaking research to create paintings that capture the drama and reality of life on the march, in camp, and in battle. Over 40 of Troiani’s original paintings and dozens of artifacts from his personal collection—most on display for the first time in public—will plunge visitors into some of the most pivotal moments of America’s fight for independence, from the Battles of Lexington and Concord to the Siege of Yorktown.
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Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today

June 11, 2021 - September 6, 2021
The Museum's upcoming summer 2021 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.
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Past Exhibits

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Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier

September 28, 2019 - March 17, 2020
Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier followed the untold story of Irish soldier and artist Richard St. George, whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution of 1776 and the Irish Revolution of 1798.
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A New Constellation: A Collection of Historic 13-Star Flags

June 14 - July 21, 2019
Learn more about the limited-run exhibit that featured a display of 40 rare, historic 13-star flags.
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Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia

October 27, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Hamilton Was Here was a hands-on exhibit revealing the connections between Philadelphia and Alexander Hamilton’s contributions to the nation’s founding.
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George Washington's Headquarters Flag

June 14-17, 2018
General George Washington's headquarters flag was displayed in Philadelphia for the first time since the Revolutionary War.
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Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor

January 13 - February 19, 2018
Learn more about the Museum's 2018 special exhibit, Among His Troops, highlighted by the only known wartime depiction of George Washington's headquarters tent.
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Diamond Eagle of the Society of the Cincinnati

December 6, 2017 - March 4, 2018
The Museum displayed a priceless Diamond Eagle of the Society of the Cincinnati worn by George Washington in Philadelphia for the first time.
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