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Make-at-Home Crafts, Wintery Stories, and a Colonial Cocktail Demo

Cozy up at home for unexpected stories and virtual experiences for the whole family during A Revolutionary Virtual Winter Break. Join the Museum of the American Revolution online for craft activities, wintery storytimes, a colonial cocktail demo, and more from Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020 Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

Make-at-Home Crafts

On Sunday, Dec. 27, follow us on Facebook to learn how to make your own Hessian helmet from materials you have at home. On Wednesday, Dec. 30, learn to make a colorful ornament inspired by 18th-century window displays featuring painted scenes that were illuminated with candlelight from behind.

Digital Discovery Cart: Hessians and the 10 Crucial Days

In our free Virtual Museum, discover the stories behind our snowy tableau scenes, the “Ten Crucial Days” of the Revolutionary War, and the “times that tried men’s souls.” At a Virtual Discovery Cart, explore the objects and stories of the fearsome soldiers known as the Hessians, defeated by Revolutionaries at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.

Wintery Storytime
On Tuesday, Dec. 29, join us on Facebook for a reading of Gingerbread for Liberty! How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution. Kids can follow along with the cut-paper illustration on the story of Christopher Ludwick, a German-born American patriot who helped feed Washington’s army with gingerbread.

“Crowded History” with the American Philosophical Society

On Saturday, Dec. 26, join us online for a special virtual program about soldier and artist Charles Willson Peale and the Philadelphia Associators, part of our “Crowded History” partnership with the American Philosophical Society.

Living History at Home Colonial Cocktail Demo: Posset

Cheers to the New Year! On New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, tune into our Facebook page as we make a beverage called ‘posset.’ This popular Revolutionary-era wintertime drink includes hot curdled milk and alcohol. You may not want to try this one at home! During the archaeological excavation of the Museum’s site prior to construction, we found many posset pots, including those found in a privy from a tavern that was located on Chestnut Street.

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Complete your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts ideas from our online shop. Revolutionize your holiday gift-giving with gift tickets, memberships, tours, and more.

A Revolutionary Virtual Winter Break is sponsored by NJM Insurance Group.

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.