Presidents Day Weekend

Presidents Day was first celebrated in 1879 to commemorate the birthday of General George Washington, who moved to Philadelphia as the first president in 1789. Set within Hamilton Was Here, try on 1790s clothing to visit a recreated scene from his first presidential home, located only blocks away from the Museum.

What would the Hamiltons have worn to visit the President? Who would they have met? In the Museum’s core exhibit, see Washington’s War Tent, a dramatic theater presentation of the field tent that served as Washington’s wartime headquarters. Washington’s “military family” of soldiers, enslaved people, and servants made this possible.

At an interactive Discovery Cart, learn the story of Harry Washington, who escaped from Mount Vernon and fought on the other side of the Revolutionary War. To coincide with the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, join an educator at sea abroad the Museum’s replica privateer sloop and get your own (temporary) Revolutionary tattoo of Washington’s star.