Presidents Day Weekend

February 17, 2018 - 10:00 am to February 19, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Museum of the American Revolution

Free with Museum Admission

Presidents Day was first celebrated in 1879 to commemorate the birthday of George Washington, our nation’s first president. This year, the Museum will celebrate Washington’s 286th birthday with festivities throughout Presidents Day weekend, Saturday, Feb. 17 – Monday, Feb. 19, and the final chance to see the Museum’s limited-run special exhibit Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor. There will be gallery activities and costumed historical interpreters focusing on the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, a unit of the Continental Army that protected General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Throughout the Weekend

Wish Washington a happy birthday by signing a giant birthday card throughout the weekend. In the Museum’s core exhibit, you can see Washington’s War Tent, a dramatic theater presentation of the field tent that served as Washington’s wartime headquarters, as well as his silver camp cups and portmanteau. Don't miss a sword that belonged to Washington, on loan from a private lender, which was made in Philadelphia in 1770 and used during the early years of the Revolutionary War. The sword is displayed alongside a hand-painted copy (ca. 1778) of Peale’s portrait of Washington. Peale’s portrait was one of the first images of the Commander-in-Chief during the war. 

Saturday, Feb. 17

Museum Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Special Exhibit Hours: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

1:00 pm - Sing Happy Birthday and enjoy a slice of cake shaped like Washington’s Standard, the flag that marked his presence on the battlefield, which is in the Museum’s collection.

1:00 – 3:00 pm - Museum staff will be at the Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest on the Delaware Waterfront with a prize wheel that visitors can spin to win swag and other prizes. A costumed historical re-enactor will be skating and posing for photos. Visitors who bring a WinterFest ticket stub to the Museum through Feb. 19 will get $3 off admission and vice versa (walk-up only).

Sunday, Feb. 18

Museum Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Special Exhibit Hours: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Enjoy Breakfast with George Washington in the Museum’s Liberty Hall, which includes a meet-and-greet with a Washington historical interpreter as well as a delicious delicious breakfast buffet, courtesy of Brûlée Catering, in the Museum’s elegant Liberty Hall. Seatings are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast are $50 for adults and $25 for children (includes Museum admission) and are available for purchase here. At the breakfast event, General Washington will meet and greet guests while they dine on an assortment of muffins, bagels and mini quiches. Shane Chocolate Works will be onsite to serve hot drinking chocolate inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s own recipe to guests. Also in attendance will be one of Washington’s Commander-in-Chief Guards. Guests can create their own Diamond Eagle-inspired pendant like the one owned and worn by George Washington which is currently on display at the Museum through March 4.

Monday, Feb. 19 

Museum Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Special Exhibit Hours: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Last chance to see Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor. This limited-run, special exhibit closes to the public at 5:00 pm. 

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