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Museum of the American Revolution

Join us at the Museum over Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 17-19, for the opening of our newest special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent. Throughout the weekend, guests of all ages are invited to explore our new special exhibition, participate in family-friendly crafts and activities, discover surprising stories in our galleries, and more that explore the life, leadership, and legacy of the nation’s first president, George Washington, and the diverse range of people with whom he interacted.

Exhibit Opening: Witness to Revolution
Patriots Gallery (first floor) | Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us for the opening weekend of our new special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent, which greatly expands the story told in the Museum’s award-winning film and brings to life the stories of individuals from all walks of life who saved Washington’s tent from being lost over the generations and who ultimately fashioned this relic into a symbol of the fragile American republic. It brings together, in many cases for the first time, inspiring works of art, rare documents, and significant historical objects from public and private collections across the United States.

Color-Your-Own Inaugural Button Craft
Revolution Place (lower level) | Daily, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Check out original inaugural buttons from Washington’s campaign in The Constitution gallery in our core exhibition before heading on down to Revolution Place on the lower level to create your own inaugural button to take home. 

In-Gallery Talk: Peaceful Transition of Power
Core Exhibition (second floor) | Daily
What does it take to be a leader? Join a Museum educator for a 10-minute talk in our galleries about George Washington’s time as President of the United States and his decision to not seek a third term, which helped set the two-term precedent in place today.

Discovery Cart: Ona Judge
Rotunda (first floor) | Daily
Join a Museum educator at a hands-on discovery cart to explore the story of Ona Judge through replica handling objects. Judge, who was enslaved by George and Martha Washington, escaped from the Presidents House – located just a few blocks from the site of the Museum – while the Washingtons lived in Philadelphia. 

Event details and programming are subject to change at any time.

Witness to Revolution exhibit sponsors headlined by The Reese Family and Society of the Lees of Virginia

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A recreated of an end of Washington's tent displayed with his camp bed and additional camp items.

Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent

Now Open Through January 5, 2025
Witness to Revolution, now open through Jan. 5, 2025, brings to life the journey of George Washington’s tent from the Revolutionary War to an enduring symbol of the American republic.
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Two Asian American female children utilize the objects within Revolution Place. They are both seated at a wooden table. The child on the left is writing with a quill pen and smiling, while the child on the right is pretended to pour cream into her silver teacup. On the table to her left is a silver tea pot.

Revolution Place

Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, brings to life the Museum’s lively, diverse Old City neighborhood during the 1700s and invites visitors to learn through hands-on exploration.
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Washington's War Tent

General George Washington's original sleeping and office tent from the Revolutionary War.
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