Visitors see the original Washington War Tent in the object theater.

Collections and Resources

A Revolutionary Collection 

The Museum of the American Revolution has an impressive collection of several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works from the period of the American Revolution. The collection began more than a century ago when a history-minded minister in Valley Forge raised funds from around the nation to purchase the original tent that George Washington used as his command center during the American Revolution. It was the beginning of a rich and diverse collection that continues to grow. The collection includes objects that span the scope of the war—from British, French, and American arms used in battles to a soldier's wooden canteen branded "UStates," at a time when the phrase was merely an aspiration.

Explore the Collection

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    Philadelphia Powder Horn

    The profuse decoration on this engraved powder horn (circa 1770) includes a view of Philadelphia’s busy waterfront on the eve of the American Revolution.

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    Washington’s Headquarters Tent

    General Washington's original sleeping and office tent, parts of which appear in this early 20th century photograph, was carefully preserved by generations of the Custis and Lee families following the deaths of George and Martha Washington.

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    Wooden Canteen

    This extremely rare wooden soldier’s canteen (circa 1777-1778) is marked USTATES, indicating Continental Army usage.

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    Washington's Headquarters Flag

    The silk flag, also known as a standard due to its modest size, was donated by cousins Fannie B. Lovell and Ellen Lovell Crosby, descendants of George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis.

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    Peter Muhlenberg's Pistols

    German-American Brigadier General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (1746—1807) carried these English holster pistols during the American Revolution.

Read the Revolution

A curated collection of excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution.