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A British costumed living history interpreter shows a young boy how to drum on the Museum's plaza during Occupied Philadelphia.

In this family-friendly, activity-filled walking tour, we’ll explore occupied Philadelphia, meet British soldiers and everyday residents, and get a hands-on glimpse into life under British authority. Why did the British want to take over Philadelphia? How did Philadelphians feel about it? And where did General Washington go? Join Family Programs Manager Rebecca Franco as we work together to answer these questions and hunt through soldiers and civilians to gather the latest information to pass on to the spymaster — if we can find them!

Please note: At least one adult must accompany up to three children. This family-friendly walking tour is best enjoyed by children between ages 7-11.

Occupied Philadelphia is the Museum’s annual flagship living history event, which recreates the dark days of the British occupation of 1777-1778. Join us from Oct. 28-29, 2023, on the Museum plaza and Carpenters' Hall in Old City throughout the weekend.

Occupied Philadelphia is sponsored by American Heritage Credit Union.

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British red coats march past the Museum up Third Street as part of Occupied Philadelphia.
Oct 28

Occupied Philadelphia 2023

October 28-29, 2023
Join the Museum as we recreate the dark days of the British occupation of 1777-1778 with Occupied Philadelphia, our annual flagship living history event, in Old City.
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History Explorers

As a History Explorer, meet with Museum staff and special guests to play games, make art, hear stories, solve riddles, and explore the people, places, and events of the American Revolution.
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A Museum Member talks to two costumed living historians dressed as British redcoats at the member teatime at Occupied Philadelphia.
Oct 29

Museum Member Teatime at 2023 Occupied Philadelphia

October 29, 2023, from 1-2 p.m.
Museum Members are invited to stop by the Museum’s third-floor Liberty Hall for a spot of tea on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 29, during Occupied Philadelphia, the Museum's flagship living history event.
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