Kids & Families at the Museum
At the Museum, we welcome even the youngest learners. Find out more about the family-friendly activities and experiences we offer as well as our suggestions to ensure everyone in your family enjoys their visit.
Lead support for family programs is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Ways for Families to Join & Save
The Museum offers plenty of ways for families to visit again and again.
Family Four-Pack TicketsOnline Exclusive Offer
The Museum is offering a Family Four-Pack ticket discount, available with online purchase only. Included in the Family Four-Pack is two adult general admission tickets and two youth general admission tickets for $55 — a $19 savings!
The Museum offers several types of memberships for families, including Family, Ambassador Family, and PECO Family Memberships. All our memberships include free annual admission, discounts to special events, and exclusive family programming, including History Explorers. You can learn more online or by contacting our Membership department at (267) 579-3471.
Things to Know
Check out these helpful tips for kids and families on your next visit!
There are family restrooms with changing tables and bathroom facilities on the first and second floors.
All floors of the Museum — lower level, first floor, and second floor — are all accessible by elevator.
Food & Snacks
Snacks and beverages are allowed to be consumed in the rotunda and atrium areas on the first and second floors. Water fountains are located on the first and second floors as well as the lower level. Guests may also visit Cross Keys Café to purchase boxed lunches, snacks, and drinks. Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries or Revolution Place. Bottled water is allowed.
Parents are allowed to breast- or bottle-feed anywhere in the Museum. If you would like a more private or quiet space, ask at the Front Desk.
Strollers are allowed in the galleries and in Revolution Place. We also have some strollers available to borrow free of charge at the Front Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is an unattended coat closet on the first floor. There are also lockers available off the main entrance to rent for any personal items.
Parking & Transportation
There is no parking onsite at the Museum. Street parking is available, and there are multiple garages nearby as well. The Museum is also accessible by SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line — the 2nd Street stop is closest to the Museum — and by bus routes 21, 42, and 57. In addition to SEPTA service, Philadelphia PHLASH and other visitor trolleys also make stops within easy reach of the Museum as they navigate through Old City.
Things to Do
Most visitors find that it takes them about two hours to experience the whole Museum. In order to maximize your time with us and give everyone in your family a chance to enjoy the Museum, here are our “don’t miss” experiences.
Revolution PlaceOpen Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Museum’s family discovery center, Revolution Place, brings to life the Museum’s lively, diverse Old City neighborhood during the late 1770s and invites visitors to learn through hands-on exploration of a soldiers’ encampment, a tavern, a parlor, a house of worship, and even a privy! A variety of replica objects, dress-up clothes, and digital interactives await visitors young and old.
Privateer ShipCore Exhibition
Climb aboard our replica privateer ship and act like an 18th-century sailor. Move the cannons! Load the cargo! Talk with a Museum staff member to learn more about the life of privateers during the Revolutionary War.
Oneida Nation TheaterCore Exhibition
Listen to and walk amongst leaders of the Oneida Nation as they debate whether to join the Revolutionaries in their rebellion or side with the British and the other members of the Iroquois Confederacy.
Costumed Living History
The Museum often has costumed living history interpreters roaming the Museum and galleries to engage visitors of all ages about the various roles of a diverse range of people played in the Revolutionary era. Please note, this is not available daily. Please contact the Front Desk at 215-253-6731 with any further questions.
Look for our themed Discovery Carts where guests can meet a Museum educator to get to know some of the fascinating people and stories of the American Revolution with hands-on replica objects. Ask for its location at the Front Desk.
Scavenger Hunts & Family Guides
Put those curious minds to work and search our galleries for delightful objects and interesting people with our family scavenger hunt and our multipage family guide. If the seafaring life is what you’re interested in, try our True Colours Activity Guide with nautical-themed activities and a flag-focused scavenger hunt.
Family-Friendly Events & Programs
The Museum offers many events, both in-person and online, that are appropriate for children and families.
Over a number of holiday weekends throughout the year — such as Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Winter Break — the Museum is happy to offer family-friendly crafts, hands-on activities, discovery carts, and more.
Browse More Events
Stay tuned to our events calendar for latest on upcoming onsite and online Museum events and programs geared toward kids and families.
Helpful Tips for Kids
Is it your first time visiting our Museum? We can’t wait to see you! Here are some tips to remember so everyone can enjoy their visit.
Remember to use your inside voice.
There are a lot of exciting things to see and do inside the Museum, but make sure you use a lower volume so you don’t distract others.
Remember to use your walking feet.
We want you to be safe as you travel through the Museum, so please don’t run and stay near your grown-ups!
Remember to leave the snacks outside.
We like to eat a good piece of hard bread just as much as you, but please take your food out into the lobby or in our café if you need to stop and have a snack.
Remember to use only pencils in the galleries.
We have lots of fun activities you can do in the galleries, but please don’t use pens or markers to do them, as these can damage the exhibits. Ask for a pencil at the Front Desk if you forgot to bring one.
Remember to ask for help.
While you visit, you might see Museum staff in the galleries. You’ll see our engagement staff wearing blue polo shirts and Museum badges — they are there to talk to you about what you see. You might see guards wearing white shirts and Museum badges — they are there to keep the objects and our visitors safe. Don’t be afraid to ask any of them for help!
The Museum is committed to making its facilities, exhibits, and programs accessible for all audiences in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For Guests on the Autism Spectrum
The Museum is a Certified Autism Center (CAC), designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The Museum offers a Sensory Guide, and noise reducing headphones, available at the Front Desk and the Battle of Brandywine Theater. The Museum also offers a quiet room giving guests the opportunity to play the Museum’s signature films in a small, private setting.
For Guests with Hearing Disabilities
Films located within the galleries are close captioned, and there are audio transcripts of the audio tours for our core gallery and special exhibit. These can be requested at the Front Desk.
For Guests with Visual Disabilities
The Museum offers a Touch Guide of the galleries as well as an audio tour available at the Front Desk. The Museum also has tactile graphics available of select paintings in the core galleries, including William B. T. Trego's iconic March to Valley Forge, courtesy of the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
From the Museum Shop
Browse unique gifts for kids from the Museum Shop, including these staff favorites.
Abigail & John Adams Book$22.95
Abigail & John, the inaugural book of the Grateful American Book Series, written by David Bruce Smith and illustrated by his mother, Clarice Smith is also available to read online.
American Tradition Spy Glass$31.00
This fully functional spy glass extends to about 14 inches long and includes a map of American Revolutionary War battles.
History Nerd in Training Shirt$34.99
For the budding history buff, this t-shirt features the words History Nerd in Training with the image of a child reading.
Continue Exploring from Home
Just because your visit to the Museum has concluded doesn't mean learning about the American Revolution has to. The Museum has plenty of family-friendly digital resources to inspire the next generation of revolutionaries at home.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
Take your family on a behind-the-scenes field trip of the Museum with host Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series, presented in partnership with Scholastic Inc.
Virtual Museum Tour
Relive your Museum experience by exploring the Museum from anywhere at any time through 360-degree panoramic images and an audio tour.
At Home Crafts & Activities
Check out a selection of historically inspired crafts and activities below that families can make and do at home.
Virtual Readings & Books for Kids
Watch a virtual storytime with a Museum educator or browse excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution for kids!
Read Abigail & John Online
Abigail & John is the inaugural book of the Grateful American Book Series, written by David Bruce Smith and illustrated by his mother, Clarice Smith.
Lead support for family programs is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).