Commemorate Memorial Day Weekend at the Museum with the Whole Family, May 27-31May 5, 2021
Free Admission for Veterans, Military, and Blue Star Families Courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal
This Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country and celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations. From Thursday, May 27 – Monday, May 31, 2021, veterans, military, and Blue Star Families will receive free admission, courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.
Visitors can show their gratitude to service members and their families with a personalized postcard and listen to pop-up talks about the Revolutionary Generation while coming face-to-face with the images of those who survived into the age of photography. Plus, continue the experience at home with a commemorative ribbon craft and a virtual “walking” tour exploring the story of Polish military officer Thaddeus Kosciusko.
Beginning May 27, the Museum will be open Thursdays – Mondays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with enhanced health and safety measures. Memorial Day Weekend offerings are included with regular Museum admission. Advanced online ticket purchasing is recommended to guarantee availability. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 215.253.6731. Children ages 5 and under are always free. Veterans, military, and Blue Star Families can reserve a free ticket online using code MEMDAY21, which can be redeemed onsite with valid ID.
Memorial Day Weekend Highlights:
Pop-Up Talks | Onsite, Daily
Enjoy 10-minute pop-up talks in the galleries and view a wall of photographs of the Revolutionary Generation in the Museum’s final gallery. Discuss how the last known Revolutionary veterans faced trials as the new nation neglected them while living into the age of photography.
Postcards to Blue and Gold Star Families | Onsite, Daily
Guests of all ages are invited to write a special message of gratitude for service members and their families throughout the weekend. The Museum will mail the messages to organizations supporting Blue and Gold Star Families.
Discovery Cart: Rebecca Flower Young | Onsite, Saturday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Flag maker Rebecca Flower Young advertised “all kinds of colours” for the Revolutionary cause from her shop here in Philadelphia. Meet a Museum educator to view replica objects and learn more about Young’s work as a military contractor making flags and drum cases for the Continental Army.
Virtual “Walking” Tour: Thaddeus Kosciusko | Online, Anytime
Join us online to learn more about Polish military officer Thaddeus Kosciusko (also spelled Tadeusz Kosciuszko), who served as a colonel in the Continental Army starting in 1776 and engineered the fortifications that played a critical role at the Battle of Saratoga. Don’t miss a stop outside the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, located just a few blocks from the Museum at Third and Pine Streets, where Kosciusko lived from 1797-98 upon his return to the United States. The video will premiere on the Museum's Facebook page on Friday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
Make-Your-Own Commemorative Ribbon Craft | Online, Anytime
Follow the Museum’s how-to instructions to create your own commemorative ribbon craft, based on silk ribbons given at a ceremony in 1825 to surviving veterans of the Battle of Bunker Hill to commemorate their service at the battle 50 years prior.
Memorial Day Weekend with the Museum is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.
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.