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Children in Costume Receive $2 Off Admission Throughout the Weekend

Don’t Miss the New Special Exhibition
Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

Celebrate a family-friendly Halloween Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution from Saturday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Learn how early Americans carved turnips—not pumpkins— to ward away evil spirits, explore our interactive Revolution Place discovery center, and don’t miss the new special exhibition Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War.

Throughout the weekend, children ages 12 and under can wear a costume to the Museum and receive $2 off their admission (discount is only available at the front desk, not online). Kids ages 5 and under are always free.

On Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m., check out live turnip-carving demonstrations in the Museum’s rotunda. A Museum educator will discuss 18th-century folk customs that might remind you of today’s Halloween rituals and demonstrate how early Americans carved turnips instead of pumpkins.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visit Revolution Place, the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, which brings to life Old City’s neighborhood during the 1700s and invites visitors to learn through hands-on exploration. Kids of all ages can immerse themselves in four historical environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a parlor, and an 18th-century meeting house – to experience the places where the American Revolution took root.

At home, create your own revolutionary jack-o-lantern with five custom pumpkin-carving stencils, featuring designs inspired by art and artifacts in the Museum’s collection, available online anytime. Then, share your creation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by tagging @AmRevMuseum and #HowRevolutionary.

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And don’t miss the Museum’s newest special exhibition Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, on view from Oct. 16, 2021 – Sept. 5, 2022. The exhibition immerses visitors in key moments of the war through art and artifacts from nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani. Families can explore the space using an activity-packed printed Family Guide. Hands-on activities for visitors of all ages include try-on clothing and a James Forten discovery cart. The exhibition is included with regular Museum admission.

Halloween Weekend activities are included with regular Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731, at, or at the front desk. Kids ages 5 and under are always free. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. The Museum is currently open to the public daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with enhanced health and safety protocols.

Please Note: Costume masks are permitted for guests ages 12 and under. Costume masks are not a substitute for a face mask or shield, which is required for ages 5+ during this time.

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 or call 877.740.1776.