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Special Appearance by Best-Selling Children’s Author Lauren Tarshis

Clean out those summer cobwebs and get your brain back in gear at the Museum of the American Revolution this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. Kids 12 and under will receive free admission to the Museum throughout the weekend. 

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Every child also will receive a free back-to-school packet, including colored pencils, a mini history-themed coloring book, and a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are available online here, by calling 215.253.6731, or at the front desk.

On Sunday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Lauren Tarshis, author of the New York Times best-selling children’s fiction series I Survived, will make a special appearance to talk about her book I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 and what life was like for real children on and off the battlefield during the Revolutionary War. A book signing will follow. Tarshis is the host of a Scholastic Virtual Field Trip to the Museum, which can be viewed here.

In the Museum’s new Revolution Place discovery center, kids can explore 18th-century Philadelphia through immersive environments, interactive touchscreens, reproduction objects, and special programs from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday. From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., kids of all ages can try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing, design a flag, decode secret messages and practice drilling like a Revolutionary soldier in Patriots Gallery.

Girl at an interactive exhibit

In the Museum’s exhibits, kids can explore the exciting story of the American Revolution through original artifacts, dynamic theater experiences, recreated historical moments, and immersive environments, including a nearly two-story replica of America’s first Liberty Tree and a privateer ship visitors can board to learn about the war at sea.

Kids can engage every sense by touching reproduction muskets or an 18th-century cannon, smelling tea like that from the Boston Tea Party or a tar-pitched rope from a ship, and lifting a twelve-pound cannon ball. Daily programs led by specially trained educators and interactive experiences invite kids to participate in the story with hands-on elements, including mixing and matching pieces of a soldier’s uniform, sitting in a replica of George Washington’s “Rising Sun” chair, making 18th-century toys and firing a cannon.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. 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.