The American Revolution was dramatic, dynamic, lofty, gritty, tenuous, and full of uncertainty – it was anything but dry and inevitable! Educators and students are invited to explore this rich and complicated era - and its connections to our world today - through hands-on and virtual encounters with objects, documents, stories and people both in the museum and online.
Themed classroom-based programs provide a more in-depth look into particular themes. These include Thinking Like a Historian, Feeding the Army: an Economics Dilemma and Whose Liberty?: African Americans in the American Revolution. Special programs offer opportunities for deeper engagement and debate. A multimedia Timeline of the American Revolution and an online Virtual Field Trip in partnership with Scholastic extend our work beyond the museum's walls.
Field Trip Experiences
Through Their Eyes Facilitated Tour
The Museum’s flagship in-gallery experience Through Their Eyes invites young people to explore the major causes and events of the American Revolution through the eyes of the men, women and children who lived through it. As they study objects, documents and ideas, students consider questions such as: Who were the Revolutionaries? How revolutionary was the war? What kind of nation did the Revolution create? Through Their Eyes is suitable for grades 4-12, is led by highly trained Program Facilitators and can be adapted to suit different needs and abilities.
We all know that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin helped lead the American Revolution, but what about the everyday men, women and children who also helped create a new nation?
In this 75-minute, facilitator led exploration of select museum galleries, students will work to see the Revolution through the lens of real people of the Revolutionary Era while moving through immersive environments and examining artifacts, documents and dramatic tableaus.
Thinking Like a Historian | Grades 4 - 12
Historians use objects, documents, and contextual knowledge to build an understanding of the past. In this experience, students will do the same, using their eyes, hands, and critical thinking skills to explore what objects and documents can tell us about the past.
Whose Liberty? African Americans in the American Revolution | Grades 9 - 12
For legally enslaved men, women, and children, the turbulent 1760s-1780s provided moments of both opportunity and frustration. In this hands-on program, students will use artifacts, documents, and activities to discover how African Americans sought freedom for themselves and their families, whether that meant supporting the Revolutionaries…or the British.
Feeding the Army: An Economics Dilemma | Grades 7 – 12
How did the Continental Army get the food it needed to stay in the field against the mighty British Army? This is an experience about supply and demand, of scarcity, of currency, and more. In this activity, students will interact with objects, read the words of soldiers and generals, and play a game of chance and knowledge as they explore one of the most complex challenges of the Revolutionary War.