Bring the Whole Family to the Museum this Thanksgiving Weekend for Ornament-Making, Holiday Shopping, and More, Nov. 25 – 27October 25, 2022
What Are You Thankful For? Add a Note of Gratitude to Our “Wall of Thanks”!
This Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, join us at the Museum of the American Revolution to kick off the holiday season with immersive exhibits and activities the whole family will enjoy, including ornament-making, pop-up talks, and discovery carts.
To spread holiday cheer, we encourage visitors to bring new, unwrapped toys for donation to Toys for Tots throughout the weekend. Plus, share a note of gratitude on our “Wall of Thanks” in the Museum’s rotunda, take a picture at our festive photobooth, and stop by the Museum Shop to find the perfect holiday gift for all the history buffs on your list.
Please note that the Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
Thanksgiving Weekend Highlights:
- Ornament-Making in Revolution Place | Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, which will transform into the winter of 1778! Come in to discover frost-covered windows, logs piled by the fire, and 18th-century coats and cloaks as you learn about what Philadelphia would have been like in the snowy winter months and how they celebrated the winter holidays. Plus, create your own illumination ornament inspired by Charles Willson Peale's window displays.
- Pop-Up Talks: Brawl at Harvard Yard | Friday – Sunday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Join a Museum educator at a tableau depicting a fight between American soldiers that was broken up by George Washington, who restored order in the camp. The scene was described by Israel Trask, who was 11 years old at the time of the brawl, in his pension application.
- Discovery Cart: Protest in Early America | Friday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join a Museum educator at a discovery cart with replica handling objects to learn how early Americans used boycotts, printed propaganda, violence, and public demonstrations to advocate for various causes, and to consider the similarities and differences between the 18th century through and today.
- Oneida Nation Gallery | Friday – Sunday
November marks Native American Heritage Month. In the Museum’s core exhibition, visitors can explore an immersive multimedia gallery about the Oneida Indian Nation’s debate over whether or not to break away from the Six Nations Confederacy to support the Revolutionary cause. Listen as recreated figures representing Oneida men and women discuss the difficult choices they faced.
- Gallery Guide: The Marketplace of Revolution | Friday – Sunday
In colonial and revolutionary America, what you bought — and who you bought it from — told people a lot about you. Throughout the war and in the years that followed, money and the marketplace were everyone’s concern: buying things became part of what it meant to be American. This holiday shopping season, use our Marketplace of Revolution gallery guide to look for artifacts related to the “consumer revolution,” new shopping habits, and wish lists!
- Holiday Shopping | Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Online, Anytime
It’s the season of giving! Let us help you find the perfect gift for your friends and family this holiday season. From gift memberships to unique gift options for all ages in the Museum Shop, the Museum has the perfect selection of meaningful gifts for the history buffs in your life. Plus, shop online anytime at shop.amrevmuseum.org.
- Wall of Thanks | Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What are you thankful for this year? Add a note of gratitude to the “Wall of Thanks” in the Museum’s rotunda.
- Toys for Tots Donation | Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We encourage visitors to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, which will distribute the toys to the families of children in the Philadelphia region experiencing poverty and financial hardship this holiday season.
Thanksgiving Weekend activities are included with regular Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731, at AmRevMuseum.org, or at the front desk. Kids ages 5 and under all always free. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days. The Museum will be open Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.