Gallery Experience

A Museum Educator answers questions and gives a presentation to visitors at one of the museum's hands-on object carts.

Every day, the Museum is alive with educators who deliver talks, tours, and hands-on activities. You can drill for battle outside the Battle of Brandywine Theater, step aboard the Privateer Ship and explore a sailor’s sea chest, participate in a free “Tableau Talk” tour of the Galleries, and handle replica objects at special themed Discovery Carts. All daily activities are free with admission!

Specialized tours, add-on talks and workshops provide a deeper dive into our Museum’s themes and stories for you or your group.

Bringing the Revolution to Life

Living History

Seamstress Samantha McCarty works on constructing dress for "Fashioning Eliza" project
Seamstress Samantha McCarty works on constructing dress for "Fashioning Eliza" project

Living history at the Museum brings the people and events of the Revolution to life through costumed programs, craft demonstrations, and a travelling set of replica tents called the “First Oval Office Project.” Living history programs invite guests to understand the Revolution through the material culture of the period. You can handle replica objects, watch demonstrations of 18th-century crafts, and imagine what is was like to wear the clothing and do the work of Revolutionaries, to understand diverse historical perspectives.

The Museum’s educators and volunteers used many different interpretive techniques and exceptional material accuracy to create immersive environments and experiences both within and beyond the Museum. The everyday people of the Revolution become more human and their experiences more relatable to people today. Living history programs at the Museum inspire guests and others to make new connections and view themselves as part of the ongoing story of the American Revolution.

Core Exhibition Gallery Resources

The Museum offers themed guides to enhance your visit. Start with our Museum Guide & Map, the Guide for Kids and Families, the Touch Guide, and the Sensory Guide and look out for the following Gallery Guides during your visit:

* Celebrating Revolutionary Women
* Drumming Up Attention: Fifers and Drummers in the Continental Army
* Finding Freedom: African Americans and the Revolution
* The Marketplace of Revolution
* Occupied or Liberated? American Cities Under British Rule
* The People Between: Native Americans in a Revolutionary Era
* Remembering Fallen Revolutionaries
* Supplying the Army
* Touch the Revolution: Sensory Experiences in the Museum

Be sure to call ahead before you visit if you are interested in seeing a particular object, because exciting changes happen all the time in our Galleries!

Talks and Tours

When you’re planning your visit, consider booking a special guide tour, talk, or workshop! The Museum offers Highlights Tours for groups and on weekends, Walking Tours of the neighborhood, audio tours, special tours for families, Touch Tours for guests with visual disabilities, and adult add-on talks and workshops about special topics for visiting groups.